Turn of eye, wave of hand, that salvation joins issue with death-
And if ever a man finds the work of the ministry becoming easily manageable and surmountable, an undemanding vocation without strain or any encumbering load of care, he is to be pitied, not congratulated: for he has so fragrantly lost touch with the One whose ministry of reconciliation could be accomplished and fulfilled only through Gethsemane and Calvary. Without shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. Unless something of the evangelist's life-blood goes into his quest for souls and into the word he brings them from the Lord, the quest remains fruitless and the word devoid of delivering power."
James Stuart Stewart (1896 - 1990) was a minister in the Church of Scotland and professor at the University of Edinburg. He grew up in Dundee and graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 1917. He served as Chaplain to the Queen in Scotland from 1952 to 1966. Author of many books, he was voted by Preaching Magazine in 1999 as the best preacher of the 20th century.