Gardner Taylor still a preaching exemplar

Among America's greatest contemporary pulpiteers
He’s 88 years old and technically retired. But Gardner C. Taylor still shows the preaching skills that have placed him on virtually every list of America’s greatest contemporary preachers.

As a guest preacher in pulpits across the nation, Taylor continues to charm—and enlighten—worshipers as he has for more than six decades. But he says preaching is always a tenuous endeavor. “It is quickly lost,” he told the PBS program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly. “It’s uttered, heard and sometimes lost. But it is the mystery of preaching that it survives, and that it has survived so much of our bad preaching.”

By most accounts, very little bad preaching can be traced to Taylor, who moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, after retirement.


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