The Patented Preacher
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It doesn't make sense!" said my pastor friend.
We were lingering over lunch and discussing the Bible conference I was conducting in his church. I'd just commented that the church was having a strong influence on the students and staff of the nearby university.
"What doesn't make sense?" I asked.
"Where you and I are serving," he replied.
"You're going to have to explain."
"Look, I'm really a country preacher with a minimum of academic training, yet I'm ministering to a university crowd. You write commentaries, and you read more books in a month than I do in a year, yet your congregation is primarily blue-collar and nonprofessional. It doesn't make sense."
The subject then changed, but I have pondered his observation many times in the intervening years. I've concluded it's a good thing God didn't put me on his "Pastor Placement Committee" because I would have really messed things up.
I'd never have sent rustic Amos to the affluent court of the king; I'd have given him a quiet country church somewhere. ...