Preaching today and the parable of the rice cakes

What’s wrong with preaching today?

He answered them in a parable, “Preaching today is like the pastor who thought rice cakes were the bomb. Pastor Christian Lite had loved eating rice cakes for as long as he could remember. In fact he believed they might be the most versatile food ever created. While they can certainly be bland he thought of them as the one of the most user-friendly forms of food providing a number of purposes. For those on diets who preferred lighter fare he knew of a special way to dress them up with peanut butter and a few sprinkles of raisins so that no one would feel guilty. He learned that method at a conference for purposeful raisin cake decorating (which he thought would apply to rice cakes as well). For those who liked their rice cakes sweet he knew how to pour on the chocolate and finish it off with a dusting of powdered sugar and his guests loved him for it.

The possibilities were endless and the response from the masses was encouraging. Pastor Lite soon realized that rice cakes could be concocted in such a way that almost anyone would be happy with the final product and everyone would go away thinking they were satisfied. It took him almost no time to prepare the rice cakes and folks were lined-up out the door waiting to get a taste. He even dreamed of expanding his rice cake ideas in mass marketing and writing a bestseller on the secrets of rice cake making. However a few in the crowd started to get restless with rice cakes because Pastor Lite had not thought of serving their favorite flavor (besides they knew that the Worldly Rice Cake Café could prepare them better). A few more folks left when they realized that beneath all the chocolate and sugar…it was just a rice cake. So a few of them went down the street because they heard Flames Montgomery Joyce opened-up his grill every Sunday and prepared the juiciest steaks. Most assuredly I tell you, the few went away full.”

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you for reminding me why I never liked rice cakes and I never will.

  2. What are You Feeding the People?

    Over at the Expository Thoughts blog, Paul Lamey gives a parable about preaching where one preacher, named Pastor Lite, simply gives the people rice cakes. These rice cakes are flavored well and thus provide the people something tasty but not very fil…

  3. […] at the Expository Thoughts blog, Paul Lamey gives a parable about preaching where one preacher, named Pastor Lite, simply gives the people rice cakes. These rice cakes are flavored well and thus provide the people […]

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