The best of lectures is very different to preaching. Very different indeed! Nevertheless, in my experience, lecturing is what much preaching seems to be these days â€“ moralistic lectures being the staple diet of most congregations. So ingrained is the notion â€“ that preaching is nothing but a religious reprimand or lecture â€“ that, in everyday life, to try to avoid being lectured by a friend, many would say: â€˜Stop preaching to me! I donâ€™t need a sermon!â€™ Lloyd- Jones put his finger on the spot: â€˜In a lecture, you know what is happening, you are in control; but that is not the case when you are preaching. Suddenly, unexpectedly, this other element may break into a service â€“ the touch of the power of the Spirit of Godâ€™. So grievous did Philip Doddridge regard the practice of lecturing instead of preaching that he vowed: â€˜I shall never affect to speak of the glories of Christ, and of the eternal interests of man, as coldly as if I were reading a lecture on Mathematics, or relating an experiment in natural philosophy!... I would speak and write of divine truths with a holy fervencyâ€™.