The aim of every preacher should be the difference between Shakespeare and Milton.

the difference is that after reading or seeing a Shakespeare play you want to sit down and discuss the glories of Shakespeare, whereas after reading a Milton poem you want to sit down and discuss the ideas and imperatives he has thrust at you.

The joyful burden of every preacher should be, not to have our listeners discussing the glories of our insights, but rather, to provoke their sincere engagement with the ideas and imperatives of Scripture!

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