Monday, January 4, 2010


A fellow pastor shared this quote with me. It resonates in a way I can't explain.

“There is no special honor in preaching, there is only special pain. The pulpit calls those anointed to it as the sea calls its sailors. And like the sea, it batters and bruises and does not rest. To preach, to really preach is to die naked a little at a time and to know each time you do it that you must do it again.”

- Bruce Theilman


Rick Calohan said...

Now I understand why you wear a robe when you preach ; )

All kidding aside as a former elder in my old church I only caught a glimpse in the day in the life of a Pastor. It is not 9 to 5 Monday – Friday or you work one day a week while everyone is watching football games, playing golf or having brunch somewhere. It is not only an inward calling but an outward calling, it’s 24/7, it’s wedding, funerals, counseling, hospital visits, nursing home visits, session meetings, presbyteries, general assemblies, committees, missions, youth activities, people saying yes and amen on one side, and people who say no and want the status quo. How do you ever find time to write a sermon is beyond me, and yet the only other job that is just as demanding if not more so is to be the preacher’s wife. Nope, I don’t envy your job one bit, but I do respect it, and thank God for your calling to be an under-shepherd of the Great & Good Shepherd at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kansas.

Woody Woodward said...

I couldn’t agree with Rick more! You are a saint manifesting great passion Pastor Tony, but Shari is certainly saintlier, her quiet passion is a blessed role model for every mother, wife, and observative husbands take note, she is clearly a cheerleader for Jesus!

Malcolm said...

I don't know how you do it. But, regarding Shari, I think a football phrase best describes your marriage. You outkicked your coverage.