As a pastor, I find that I constantly need biblical instruction and reminders to keep me pointed in the right direction. Curtis C. Thomas’ book Practical Wisdom for Pastors (Crossway, 2001) often provides just what I need. In my reading this morning, here’s what I found:
If we ever get to the point where our message is rounded off so that we avoid a particular passage, a needed subject, a pointed rebuke or biblical command for fear that we are going to offend and thereby run off a member, then we have begun to fear men rather than striving to please our Master. That’s a temptation into which Satan wants us to fall. He wants people leaving after our messages very comfortable, soothed, and feeling good about us. But sometimes, in order for us to be faithful, some people will leave the message not feeling very good about us. The truth should comfort the hurting but also unsettle the comfortable.