College dean teaches pastors to carry the cross in the pulpit
FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Steven Smith, dean and professor of communications in the College at Southwestern, recounted his attempt to teach Romanian preachers to carry “the cross in the pulpit” in an article on http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Secret-to-Great-Preaching.html, Nov. 24.
“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.