I’m no missionary, just a regular pastor. However, I did rub shoulders with a bunch of missionaries during my time at Southern Seminary.
As I talk to regular pastors, I think some have overly optimistic expectations and some have overly pessimistic expectations.
Recently I came across a wonderful quote in AW Pink’s An Exposition of Hebrews.
If your pastor preaches expository sermons, walking his congregation through a particular passage of Scripture, he carries a heavy burden when he steps into the pulpit.
That’s the task of preaching. Not building an imposing and impressive wall each and every Sunday, but simply laying one brick at a time and laying it straight and square.
The Canadian government has fined a local congregation $83,000 simply because they gathered together in their building to worship Jesus together.
Clearly these stories are troubling developments for our brothers and sisters who live in Canada. The question is, what should American Christians do?
Peterson’s experience of listening sounds remarkably similar to a pastor’s experience of listening. Since regular pastors will find themselves in the listening business, they would do well to learn from someone who gets paid to listen.
The question remains after the service is done and the live stream is over … Did anyone actually worship?