This day being Saturday, many pastors are preparing to preach. They have prayed, researched, written and rehearsed. They have visualized the congregation they will face tomorrow and prayed for them. One night stands between them and pulpit. During that night the sermon will be preached in the mind, and perhaps revised in the dreaming. Preaching is a solemn duty, a great privilege, and a misunderstood task.
I once visited a retired minister. Retirement had not been a forced resignation. It was voluntary, but he confided in me than every week since retireing he had prepared a sermon that no one asked him to preach. On reflection since, I believe the time to prepare an unpreached sermon was not wasted, not if he preached the sermon to himself. He had at least one good listener.
In the metaphor that the church is like a tree, preachers and their sermons are the trunk connecting leaves and roots. Ideally, the pastor’s sermon channels nutrients from leaves to the roots, local churches.
- The preacher is a person of integrity who will clearly distinguish in the sermon between what is known and what is believed.
The preacher will acknowledge the findings of scientists and use them to elucidate the sermon.
The sermon will stimulate thoughtful converstion among the members of the congregation.
The Old Fool sometimes tries to analyze the kind of preacher he would be if he were to preach sermons today. Last night in his dreams he discovered who he. He is an agnostic who believes. That is, I do not know, but I still believe.
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