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    What Constitutes A Great Preacher?

    Sunday, January 27th will mark the beginning of Shiloh’s “Great Preachers” Series. A few of the featured speakers will be: Rev. Dr. Robert M. Franklin, Jr. (Morehouse College); Rt. Rev. William P. DeVeaux (Second Episcopal District, A.M.E Church); The Hon. Rev. William H. Gray III (Bright Hope Baptist Church); and Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III (The Abyssinian Baptist Church).

    So what constitutes a “Great Preacher”?

    A preacher, by definition, “is a person whose occupation or function it is to preach the gospel.” The word great is defined as, “a person who has achieved importance or distinction in a field;” “unusual or considerable in degree, power, intensity, etc.;” and “wonderful; first-rate; very good”.

    By combining these meanings, we can agree that a “Great Preacher” is “A wonderful person of considerable degree, power and intensity, whose occupation is to preach the gospel.

    But how does a preacher become “Great”?

    Do they become great from years of study and life experience? Is it because they've memorized a lot of scriptures? Or simply because they’re great public speakers?

    The answer can be found in the 35th verse of David’s 18th Psalm to the Lord

    “You make your saving help my shield,
    and your right hand sustains me;
    your help has made me great.”

    These many men and women of God are indeed “Great Preachers”, but not because of anything they've done. Greatness has been placed upon them because the Lord God has made
    them so.