Caesarius' advice on preaching

I’m reading Henry Chadwick’s history The Early Church and there are some absolute gems which I’ll post for your reflection, edification and application.

Caesarius became Bishop of Arles in France in 502AD and he promptly used his sermons to address some of the superstitious behaviour that still existed. He was also concerned about the low quality of preaching in some of the churches so,

“To raise the standard of preaching, he recommended that clergy should follow the Greek custom of reading sermons by acknowledged masters instead of producing their own poor efforts.” (p242)

I guess those multi-site preachers who encourage congregations to watch their sermons by video would have a supporter in Caesarius. By implication they must think preaching in other places is poor and that they are ‘acknowledged masters’!


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