As he tells it, a prominent pastor preaches about preaching in a recent video. He climbs up on a highchair and imitates a baby screaming for food, mocking churchgoers who complain that they’re not getting enough nourishment from Sunday services.
The point of the video: Adults feed themselves. Only babies need help eating.
McKinley disagrees. His four points:
- Such leaders seem to be accusing their followers of being lazy. Could it be the other way around? “Deep” sermons, McKinley says, require a lot of work
- McKinley ponders the relationship between church and home, concluding that congregants should plug away at their faith at home but expect to be taught at church, presumably by the experts
- Leaders can’t assume that all their followers are capable of working or studying independently.
- On reading the Bible at home, McKinley concludes that both Jesus and St. Paul thought pastors should “feed the sheep.”
“It seems to me that pastors are shepherds,” he says. “If there’s malnutrition in the flock, it may or may not be our fault, but it is most definitely our problem.”
—Adapted from “Don’t Feed My Sheep,” Michael McKinley, Church Matters: The 9Marks Blog, http:// blog.9marks.org/2008/02/dont-feed-my-sh.html.