Century Marks

Preach it: Although he attended seminary, James R. Krabill says he did not really learn how to preach until he spent time with African-initiated churches in Ivory Coast. There he met Papa Benoit, an elderly preacher who had never been to school. Benoit’s method of sermon preparation each week was to pick an elementary school student who would read a passage to him, and then commit the passage to memory and ponder it for the rest of the week. On Sunday Papa Benoit would preach a powerful sermon. Under Benoit’s influence, Krabill weaned himself from the need to carry notes or a manuscript into the pulpit. He also became less conscious of the clock. Benoit told him: “You Americans are always in a hurry. You may have the clocks, but we have the time!” (Leader, Summer).


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