Saturday, June 10, 2006

I'm Preaching Tomorrow

One can always find fault with a pastor.

If the pastor is young, he lacks experience; if his hair is gray, he's too old to relate to the young people.

If she has five or six children, she must be too busy to pastor; if she has none, you wonder if she's a feminist.

If he preaches from a manuscript, he has canned sermons and is dry; if his messages are extemporaneous, he isn't deep enough.

If she uses too many illustrations, she's neglecting the bible; if she doesn't include stories, she's too erudite.

If he preaches the truth and condemns wrong, he's cranky; if he doesn't preach against sin, he's a compromiser.

If she preaches all the time, the congregation gets tired of hearing her voice; if she invites guest ministers, she's shirking responsibility.

If he can't please the majority, he's hurting the church and should leave; if he tries to make everyone happy, he has no convictions.

If she drives an old car, she shames her congregation; if she buys a new one, she's setting her affection on earthly things.

If he receives a large salary, he's mercenary; if he gets a small one, they say it proves he isn't worth much anyway.

UPDATE: The sermon is here.

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