Today, Dr. Steve Lawson spent at least two hours lecturing on Martin Luther during his History of Expository Preaching class at the Master’s Seminary. Two hours was not enough time.
Martin Luther was a preaching machine. He often delivered as many as four sermons a day (over six thousand total) when he wasn’t teaching. According to section CCCXCVII of his Table-Talks, a good preacher should:
- Teach systematically
- Have a ready wit
- Be eloquent
- Have a good voice
- Have a good memory
- Know when to make an end
- Be sure of his doctrine
- Venture and engage body and blood, wealth and honor, in the Word
- Suffer himself to be mocked and jeered of everyone
Luther was a man’s preacher who defended his flock and refused to shy from conflict.
A preacher must be both soldier and shepherd. He must nourish, defend, and teach; he must have teeth in his mouth, and be able to bite and fight.
Unflinchingly bold and vividly expressive, he burned with passion and compelling rhetoric. Luther also refused to mince words and hold punches when the times required him to drop the staff and pick up the sword.
Don’t believe me? Behold the LUTHER INSULTER! (with citations)
The “Mighty Luther” was mighty indeed!