Preaching presents a myriad of temptations. We pastors are often unaware of the truth of our heart as we approach the pulpit on Sunday morning. We are solely focused on our exegesis or our homiletical approach. However, as we arrive at the pulpit God is calling us to discern the temptations of our heart. In the first post of this series we explored the temptation of originality. Now, we will explore the second temptation.
Temptations #2: Mastery
The pursuit of excellence in one’s vocation is admirable. Preaching the gospel is indeed a great responsibility that must be taken seriously. We want to do what we do well. We want to master our craft. However, the drive toward “mastery” must never lack equal attentiveness to the heart. As pastors it is imperative that we pay heed to the deep beliefs that are often driving our desire for mastery. My fear is that many pastors spend more time honing their preaching skill-set via workshops, classes, books, etc. than they do prayerfully considering the posture of their heart. As we spend the week of preparation finding the perfect story, practicing the sermon…Continue Reading