Based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Growing in Grace is a blog by Pastor Matthew Molesky. His posts explore the Bible, theology, ecclesiology, culture, books, family, and life.

Half are Always Below Average

A great reminder for preacher and listener alike. I hope our people at Calvary are reading! (smile)

I want to prepare you by setting down a few home truths about preachers and preaching. The first can be put briefly. Great sermons will always be in short supply. Even in the case of first-rate preachers, the church occasionally has to settle for third-rate performances. And in the case of second-rate preachers . . . well, let's just say that there are more of them than any other kind. That's not a criticism. It's one of the facts of church life. I'd only make matters worse if I tried to change the situation by making preachers feel guilty about it. It's that way in every occupation. The world's supply of top-notch saxophonists is miniscule compared with the army of honkers who live down the street from you -- and the same goes for plumbers, professors, and for you as a preacher" (Capon, The Foolishness of Preaching, p. 55).

(HT: Blog and Mablog)

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