Concordia Theological Monthly

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In Perils in the Pulpit

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pulpit, preaching, perils, spiritual, communication, preacher

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Offhand, a person would consider the pulpit one of the safest places on earth. The sanctuary audience seated around this listening post is well behaved and for the most part friendly to the pulpit's occupant. No projectiles indicating forceful disapproval will be hurled. In this respect there is a difference between the church and the public forum. In the latter controversial questions in politics or labor relations are often discussed more in the heat than the light of intense feeling. Emotion, more frequently than thought, becomes father to ill-advised deeds, such as giving flight to overripe vegetables, empty beverage bottles, and sailing saucers. At times the speaker is not only a target to be thrown at but is himself the person thrown out of the assembly.


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1 Corinthians 14:16;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars