The art of preaching(Letters of J. C. Philpot)We are overrun with a shallow, superficial ministry,which is destitute of all life, savor, and power. A dry,dead-letter scheme of doctrine, as mathematicallycorrect as the squares of a chess-board, prevails,where what is called "truth" is preached. And tomove Bible texts on the squares as pawns, is called"the art of preaching".How simple is truth!Man's misery--God's mercy.The aboundings of sin--the super-aboundings of grace.The depths of the fall--the heights of the recovery.The old man--the new man.The diseases of the soul--the balm of a Savior's blood.These lessons learned are in the furnace of inwardexperience. How different from . . . the monkish austerity of the Ritualist, the lip service of the Pharisee, and the dry Calvinistic formulary!What a dreadful lack is there of true preaching now!I look round and see so few men qualified to feed thechurch of God. We are overrun with parsons, but, ohdear! what are they? I cannot but attribute muchof the low state of the churches to the ministers!Ezekiel 34 is a true picture of the false shepherds.