I came upon a story this past week that I found a bit amusing (and that I shared with St. Andrew). The story involves a visiting minister who had been invited to preach at a particular congregation. After a few hymns were sung, the visiting minister went up to the pulpit to preach. However, the visiting minister's sermon ended up being very long-winded, and he spent almost all the time talking about himself to the near exclusion of the Bible and its application.
And there's more! Every time the visiting minister seemed to make a good point during his sermon, a member of the congregation would encourage him on by responding with an enthusiastic “Amen!” or “That’s right preacher!" But that would only give the visiting preacher the needed fuel to go on preaching.
Well, after a while longer of this, the senior pastor of the church had had enough, and he finally joined in...not by standing up and shouting “Amen!” or “That’s right preacher!” to the visiting minister...but by saying "Amen...Pharaoh."
Now, the visiting minister didn’t know what to make of this, and after the service concluded and all the people had gone home, he asked the senior pastor what he meant by saying “Amen, Pharaoh” during his sermon. And the senior pastor replied, "Your sermon was going soooo long…I was trying to tell you to 'let my people go'." (HA!)
Question for you! How would you characterize the vast majority of today’s preaching? While there are many sermons today that seem to do a good job in articulating the Word of God and by making it very much applicable to those in attendance...there are also sermons that seem to fall off the tracks.
As the Lord says in Jeremiah 23:28, "...Let him who has My word speak my word faithfully."