Preaching is hard!

It’s the hardest. for it will take the most rigorous mental ability and discipline God has given us. We will find ourselves tempted to do anything but the hard study required–we’ll schedule meetings, arrange counseling appointments, tackle administrative tasks, clean our fingernails, find a sermon on the Internet, or settle for some superficial approach to our passage–anything to avoid the sheer labor required.

from Donald Sunukjian’s Invitation to Biblical Preaching, 15

2 responses to this post.

  1. Maybe it is just me but I feel like studying a passage is more motivating than these other things. I would rather take my time in studying than to squeeze in another appointment. (Which I often need to fit in)

  2. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on April 30, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    The other problem is that sometimes churches expect a pastor to do everything and to still find 15-20 hours to prepare for a in depth Bible exposition…. Like Steve said above it’s not that they don’t want to do the hard study it’s that they don’t have time to do everything they’re expected to do.

    If your church expects you to set aside time for hard study and sermon prep. praise God!

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