College dean teaches pastors to carry the cross in the pulpit
“Preaching is the act by which we die to our rights to be loved, to be liked, to be thought of as witty, trendy or intellectual,” Smith wrote. “In this death the Word of God lives. There must be a cross in the pulpit, before there can be a cross from the pulpit.”
Smith also stressed this truth in his 2009 publication of Dying to Preach: Embracing the Cross in the Pulpit.