Tuesday, March 15, 2011


I love preachers.  Really.  It's been my great joy to sit beneath the shepherding-care of a number of truly great ones.  Conversely, I've been exposed to no few of them that wield a Shepherd's Crook like the Rod of Aaron.  They'd be well-advised to drop the "P" from preacher and forge ahead with the remainder ...

Sheep follow.  Shepherds lead.  Seems straight-forward enough.  So why is it I get the sense that some preachers drag their sheep (often with manipulative ploys) in lieu of leading them and/or allowing them to follow?  There is a huge distinction between preaching & reaching.

"If the truth were known, many sermons are prepared
 and preached with more regard for the sermon
than the souls of the hearers."
~ George F. Pentecost

Oh, I realize the trouble might actually rest with the sheep themselves.  Afterall, we sheep are easily distracted & dragged  -- dumb critters that we are.  But what of those that bear, or have born the blows of a Shepherd's Crook?  How many in our midst, or even our own selves, have tossed the Church-baby out with the proverbial bathwater at one time or another because of a cruel or deceiving or manipulative Shepherd(s)? 


Though I may have given you the impression that I'm criticizing preachers-at-large, friends, the truth is that I'm preaching to myself today.  It is a good day to reflect on what it truly means to be a disciple and a Shepherd/Shepherdess.  I'm looking for a place to bury the "P" in my own life, and to move forward with a reach instead.       

"If you think practicing what you preach is rough,
just try preaching what you practice." 
~ Bowen Baxter

"Preaching is heady wine.
It is pleasant to tell people where they get off."
~ Sir Arnold Lunn

"A minister asked a little boy how to get to the Post Office.
After the little boy told him, the minister said,
Why don't you come to church tonight?
I'm giving instructions on how to get to heaven.
After thinking a minute, the boy replied,
I don't think so.
You don't even know how
to get to the Post Office."
~ Source Unknown


MOMSWEB said...

No, you didn't give the impression that you were criticizing preachers at all. You made a WONDERFUL point (as always) and I completely agree. I love the preaching also, but I love the preaching without the 'r' even more. Good food!

Rita said...

Out of the mouths of babes! Sometimes we have to "preach" to ourselves! Those aren't fun times, are they?

skoots1mom said...

reaching...getting outside your comfort zone.
Great post
...and it's best NOT to put a preacher on a pedestal, they often fall off. we must always remember their humanity and listen to God's voice thru them.

Sonja said...

you have made my day, one more time!! Wonderful!! :)


Karen Lange said...

I didn't think you were preachy; this is something we all need to be mindful of. I think there are too many cases of putting the cart before the horse with programs and marketing to draw people. No criticism here meant either. Preach the true Word. Those with ears to hear will hear it.

Good post, as always. :)

manthano said...

Great post.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Classic Sassy thoughts... reaching instead of preaching. LOVE IT!


Just a little something from Judy said...

I would rather sit under those that reach out and share God and His amazing grace, than perhaps those that preach at those in their pressence. However, I also know it would be a very difficult job to pastor a church in today's world. I thank God for our pastor, who I would say is somewhat of a preacher, a reacher, but most of all, he is a teacher.

I must admit, you certainly make me think and challenge me on what to think. It is a joy to visit this blog.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Great post filled with your usual wisdom, Kathleen!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Great, GREAT post...I think you got it perfect

Terri Tiffany said...

The cartoon struck a chord with me:)

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Laughing one of those uncomfortable laughs...great post. We just recently heard a preacher hit the sheep, it wasn't fun to hear, you just kinda jerk, but then I remember that he too is a sinner. The Great Shepherd is perfect and to His voice I need to hear, even if at times He uses a donkey it is my responsibility to hear the Shepherd. As a sheep I need to keep my ears open.

Tammy@If Meadows Speak... said...

"If the truth were known, many sermons are prepared and preached with more regard for the sermon than the souls of the hearers."--George F. Pentecost

or revised to say: "....many blog posts are prepared and preached with more regard for the post than the souls of the readers." At least that's I was thinking (for myself to be reminded). :) {{{hugs back at ya}}}