Today I came across a stimulating quote from Frederick W. Robertson ( a nineteenth century preacher):
"It is not a minister's wisdom but his conviction which imparts itself to others. Nothing gives life but life, real flame alone kindles other flame; this was the power of the apostles: 'We believe and therefore speak.' Firm faith in what they spoke, that was the basis of the apostles' strength."
The word "conviction" appears rarely in much current description of "good preaching." The apostolic certainty seems dimmed: "for we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard" (Acts 4:20). Some may (rightly) suspect passion in the pulpit, but is anything more authentic than a convinced believer on fire, proclaiming God's truth? I, for one, plead for personal conviction and faith in today's preachers.