Why Am I Still Preaching?

Words of Truth & Reason

My congregation’s life is in full summer mode.  That means on any given Lord’s Day, we’re missing 2/3 of our people (sometimes even ¾!)  When I take the small step up to the pulpit on Sunday and look out over the small gathering, I wonder – why am I about to preach?  Should I bother?  The summer doldrums make me feel this question more so than the rest of the year (I always feel awkward preaching to smaller groups).  But the question is still a good one to revisit.  I’ve heard several times that communicators and teachers should endeavour to be ‘guides on the side’ instead of the ‘sage on the stage’.  There is in this a not so subtle critique of the sermon in its traditional form.  *nevermind that as a pastor, I spend lots of time guiding on the side*

Why, in this day and age, should God’s…

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