Dick Lucas, pastor of St. Helens Bishopgate Church in London, is a marvelous British preacher who brings sound biblical exposition and direct, no-nonsense application to the pulpit. He never makes apologies for the Bible or his exhortation to his people. God’s Word is God’s Word, and that’s all there is to it. He also has a high view of preaching. In the middle of one sermon someone’s mobile phone went off very briefly and Dick simply said in a dry, stern manner, “Turn it off, I don’t want to hear it.” In an address about the authority of preaching he said,
“The pew cannot control the pulpit. We cannot deliver ‘demand led’ preaching because no one demands the Gospel.”
Dick Lucas is also one of the founders of the Proclamation Trust whose purpose is to promote sound expository preaching.
Dick has also been heard to say,
“I’m not going to tell you the page number. The Bible is the most important book in the world, and if you don’t know your way round it, then you should.”
(Thanks to John H. for that quote).