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THESE lectures were given at the University of Chicago, in the summer term of nineteen hundred and twelve, and for three years to senior classes at Auburn Seminary. The response of students encourages the hope that they may be helpful to a wider circle of readers.
To those who have read the author's previous works on preaching, “ The Work of Preaching," and “The Preacher,” the present book will seem a nearer approach to the secret of effective preaching
“ The Work of Preaching” dealt with the sources and formation of the sermon for the present age ; “ The Preacher” placed emphasis upon a vital, spiritual personality in giving the message;
“The Vital Elements of Preaching" touches the temper of the man both as to the truth and the lives of his hearers. Preaching is a social virtue. “Nothing can be more fundamental to the preacher than his humanity.” The deepest needs and desires of the age must be felt in his life, if his word interprets aright the Gospel of the new man.
The book discusses the psychology of preaching, though without formal and philosophical analysis. It always has in mind the question, How shall we speak so as to help men into the largest life? It is sent forth with the hope that it may help many into fuller faith in the divineness of preaching.
ARTHUR S. HOYT.
May 15, 1914.