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Reality vs. Imagination

George Whitefield Preaching in Bolton, June 1750 Thomas Walley (1817–1878) Bolton Museum and Art Gallery
George Whitefield Preaching in Bolton, June 1750 Thomas Walley (1817–1878) Bolton Museum and Art Gallery

We’re watching a video series by Mark Batterson on Wednesday evenings, at church. The series is called IF and it’s really very good. He brought out a wonderful quote from the great preacher George Whitefield. Here's the quote:

“I’ll tell you a story. The Archbishop of Canterbury in the year 1675 was acquainted with Mr. Butterton the [actor]. One day the Archbishop . . . said to Butterton . . . ‘pray inform me Mr. Butterton, what is the reason you actors on stage can affect your congregations with speaking of things imaginary, as if they were real, while we in church speak of things real, which our congregations only receive as if they were imaginary?’ ‘Why my Lord,’ says Butterton, ‘the reason is very plain. We actors on stage speak of things imaginary, as if they were real and you in the pulpit speak of things real as if they were imaginary.’”

“Therefore,” added Whitefield, ‘I will bawl [shout loudly], I will not be a velvet-mouthed preacher.”

How would you interact with that? If you have a blog - feel free to use this as a writing prompt and post a link back here with your reaction.

Thanks to DesiringGod.org for the quote.

Ben NelsonHave a great day.

Keep the light on!

Ben

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