“The longest walk that any preacher takes is the one from his study to the steps of his pulpit. Arrogance is no longer present. There will be no thought of any personal achievement which may have brought him to this hour. The authentic preacher comes to the pulpit unsure if the bones can live. He can only respond to the question by saying, ‘Lord God, thou knowest!’"
H. Beecher Hicks, “Bones, Sinews, Flesh and Blood coming to Life,” in Inside the Sermon, ed. Richard Allen Bodey (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1990), 116.