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In a letter of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to Dirk Broek, a student at New Brunswick Theological Seminary at this time, V.R. gives extensive advice to Broek about the art of preaching. Preaching is "to make the subject clearer to a person so that he learns something that he did not know, or at least understand the subject better." V.R. also makes a point that Broek is not to read his sermons. Broek's mentor is full of advice about the art of preaching in a very direct way.
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Van Raalte, A. C.; ten Hoor, Henry; and Kennedy, Nella, "A Letter of Rev. Albertus C. Van Raalte to Dirk Broek" (1863). Van Raalte Papers: 1860-1869. 557.