In the article in Christian Century “Stand and Deliver” that I referenced recently, a statement was made that is not in anyway new, but which struck me. It is a quote from a former stand-up comic who is now a preacher: “You can’t do preaching or comedy without some speaking skills…if you’re terrified or fearful of judgment.”
I am not positive why that phrase “fearful of judgment” struck me powerfully , but it did.
Are we preachers “fearful of judgment”? Whose? Peoples? Or God’s?