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A preacher’s life for me

Martin Camroux reflects on 60 years of preaching

One of the great things about being retired is that I am now a hit-and-run preacher. Turn up, preach the sermon and I’m off. Which gives me a certain freedom to say what I like.

I came into the ministry above all to preach. I went to a Norfolk boarding school. Sunday by Sunday we trooped in lines up to the college chapel to hear sermons preached mostly by Anglican country clergy. In the arrogance of youth I thought they were nearly all terrible. One Sunday, after what seemed a particularly turgid offering, I said to myself, ‘It must be possible to do it better than that. I will become a preacher.’

Among Congregationalists the great preacher of the day was Leslie Weatherhead (pictured). Queues formed to hear him preach at the City Temple. People travelled to London just to hear him. Perhaps I thought I might be a little bit like that…

Martin Camroux is a retired minister

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This is an extract from an article published in the March 2023 edition of Reform

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