Doug Pagitt quote

"I'm writing with the assumption that most of you who are reading this book have concluded what I have: Preaching doesn't workpreaching, as we know it, is a tragically broken endeavor. The value of our practices-including preaching-ought to be judged by their effects on our communities and the ways in which they help us move toward life with God."

Doug Pagitt

Born: July 5, 1966

Occupation: Pastor

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