Driving home from Bible study Wednesday night, my wife and I began discussing a pastor friend who is encountering significant resistance to his ministry of consecutive exposition. At one point things turned into a family discussion as follows:
Mom: Girls, can you believe that some people don't want to hear their pastors explain the Bible to them?
Youngest girl [incredulous]: So, what's the point of going to church?
Mom [graciously]: Well, some people would rather hear the pastor tell them how to do certain things and tell them entertaining stories.
Oldest girl [perplexed]: What?
Dad: Like how to parent, how to communicate with your wife, and so on.
Oldest girl: I don't understand. Isn't the Bible full of things like that if you just keep preaching through it?
Dad [triumphant]: Yep. You understand it quite well. When you grow up and move away, be sure to find a church that's dedicated to preaching the word of God like that.
If my 9 and 10 year olds get it, I wonder why it's so difficult for adult pastors to understand.
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