Let's face it, there are as many shallow sermons and egotistical preachers as there are shallow songs and egotistical musicians.
The answer isn't to complain about the bad, but to get better at whatever role we're called to fulfill.
Long Or Short, We Need To Preach Better
I've heard and preached great sermons that were long and great ones that were short. And I've heard and preached lousy ones of both lengths, too.
If you're blessed with the ability to pack a meaningful, biblical message into a 20 minute package on a regular basis, go for it. But don't expect the rest of us to be able to pull it off consistently. Sometimes it just takes longer.
Pastors, especially preaching pastors, need to take whatever time is needed to say what needs to be said in a way the listeners can benefit from.
And we need to stop expecting our worship leaders to make up where we're deficient. It puts too much pressure on them and not enough responsibility on us.
But when we work together, pointing the church towards Jesus, suddenly it doesn't matter if the sermon is long or short, or if the songs are new or old.
If the church is being equipped and Jesus is being glorified, the rest is filler.
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