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“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me,” Jesus said (Matt. 28:18). The winds and sea recognized that (Mark 4:39). So did disease, death, the demonic, and heaven itself. It took the disciples far longer to understand. It still does. Our default belief is that God is involved in the brilliant but is far from the tragic. There is more than a little whiff of paganism about that, isn’t there? And if we give that conviction any ground, we will be anxious and discouraged preachers. —Lewis Allen (The Preacher’s Catechism)

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