Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or practice of delivering public discourses, particularly upon moral or religious subjects; the art of delivering sermons.
- n. That which is preached; a sermon; doctrine; theory.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of delivering a religious discourse; the art of sermonizing; also, a sermon; a public religious discourse; serious, earnest advice.
- n. an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)
- n. a moralistic rebuke
“I dare say many sermons are not _first rate_, but moderate good preaching is not a bad thing, and _pretty poor preaching_ is better than most men's practice. "] _Monday, July 18th.”
“As to preaching, by your own command I have been a hundred times _preaching_, and have forbidden people to follow several of the roads which lead to your territories, and yet silently, in the same breath, have led them hither safe enough, by some other vain paths; as I have done by preaching lately in Germany, and in one of the Faroe isles, and various other places.”
“Now as a preacher's kid the term "preaching to the choir" has real meaning to me.”
“The idea that the fact of having perpetrated the holocaust gives Germans credibility in preaching is farcical.”
“When it's built by a pair of restaurateurs who have made their name preaching the joys of offal, the glory of chitterlings, the meaty delights of pig cheeks and lambs' brains.”
“What preaching is likely to do good -- such as Christ's was, plain preaching, and that which is familiar and level to our capacity -- he talked with us by the way; and scriptural preaching -- he opened to us the scriptures, the scriptures relating to himself.”
“This success which he had in preaching is that which he here rejoices in; for the converted nations were his joy and crown of rejoicing: and he tells them of it, not only that they might rejoice with him, but that they might be the more ready to receive the truths which he had written to them, and to own him whom”
“So, let's call it preaching if you will, but it is wonderful preaching, and it is a wonderful setting of a message of the old stoic, that a man should be independent of his environment, neither unduly exalted nor elated by success, nor unduly depressed by failure, but preserving an evenness of spirit through all the changes of his outward fortune.”
“Philipinas themselves and in Nueva España; and that what they call preaching the gospel is an artifice, and a means of conquering, as Taicosama wrote to the city of Manila.”
The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 — Volume 14 of 55 1606-1609 Explorations by Early Navigators, Descriptions of the Islands and Their Peoples, Their History and Records of The Catholic Missions, As Related in Contemporaneous Books and Manuscripts, Showing the Political, Economic, Commercial and Religious Conditions of Those Islands from Their Earliest Relations with European Nations to the Close of the Nineteenth Century
“Christian men and women should be very tepidly interested in anything except what they call the preaching of the Gospel, and the saving of men's souls.”
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