The Vice-Chancellor, Lead City University, Ibadan, Prof. Olufemi Onabajo, has advised Christian preachers to be mindful of the content of their sermons, saying sermons determine the lifestyle of their congregation.
Onabajo, a cleric, gave the advice in Ibadan on Saturday at the presentation of his book entitled: “Communicating Christian Beliefs through Sermons: The Preacher’s Dilemma.”
He said he was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write the book so as to resolve certain critical issues in sermon preparation and delivery.
Onabajo, a professor of Mass Communication, said he was able to enumerate in the book some of the characteristics of fake prophets and preachers the people must be aware of.
“I also noticed that many pastors have become comedians on the pulpit; the more pastors we have, the more sinful habits we now have in the society.
“A preacher should be aware of his responsibilities and should desist from telling stories or acting drama on pulpits.
“Preaching is a science that involves a detailed study of the Bible, research and prayerfully waiting on God for inspiration and guidance,” he said.
The Book Reviewer, Prof. Dayo Alao, a Professor of Mass Communication at the Babcock University, Ilishan, Ogun State, described the book as an Encyclopaedia and a must read for all Christians.
He said that the book, which has 28 chapters with 483 pages and divided in two parts, has brought a new dimension into communication through sermon, research and documentation for the clergy.
“The author is a prolific writer, who has not only contributed to academia, but also to the Christendom and his book has established that sermons have a relationship with communication,” he said.
The Anglican Bishop of Ijebu Diocese, Rev. Ayodele Awosoga, described the author as a reputable scholar and worthy Venerable in the Anglican Communion. (NAN)