Although he enjoyed the pastorate and was a successful pulpiteer
, Shurden felt called to teach in the classroom.
He was a nationally known orator, pulpiteer
and playwright, producing religious dramas throughout the country.
Discouraged by Booth's position that any opposed to a new convention not attend the meeting in Cincinnati, the venerable pulpiteer
Wardin assesses him to be "the greatest pulpiteer
and orator in Tennessee Baptist annals" and "Tennessee Baptists' most influential editor, popular pulpiteer
, and greatest polemicist in a very contentious age" (p.
On a spectrum stretching from unlettered slave exhorters in the nineteenth century to sophisticated pulpiteers
in the twentieth century, King stood as a quintessential black preacher, prophet, and jeremiad "speaking truth to power" and bringing deliverance to the disinherited.
In ancient downtown church halls, festooned with framed pictures of bearded pulpiteers
from the past, and on the hardwood floors of suburbia under cobwebbed basketball nets and bulletin boards beating evidence of 78 ways to volunteer, the vital signs were dipping faster than attendance figures for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity services on Super Bowl Sundays.
Edgar DeWitt Jones, a biographer of mid-twentieth-century pulpiteers
, also records that Buttrick was one who "forgets himself when he preaches.