Damn preacher

Luke 6:17-26

All I know about Jesus is what I heard him say. That’s all I know about almost anybody. It’s not true that “deeds speak louder than words.” Only words speak. The old “I’d rather see a sermon than hear one” is only partly true. Most ministerial speech these days tends to be in the affirmative mood. We pastors are, in the acerbic words of Stanley Hauerwas, a “quivering mass of availability.” Give me an activity or attitude that appeals to you and I will—after some sensitive, caring, pastoral reflection—find theological justification for it.


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