55% of pastors can identify one or more topics on which they would not preach at all or only sparingly, because the sermon could negatively affect their hearers’ willingness to attend church in the future. Among them are politics (38%), homosexuality (23%), abortion (18%), same-sex marriage (17%), war (17%), women’s role in church and home (13%), the doctrine of election (13%), hell (7%) and money (3%). (Your Church 5-6/08 via The Foster Letter)
cph:Nothing good comes from fear. Of course most of us are familiar with 2 Ti 1:7: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
That doesn’t mean that we are not wise in our preaching, but we must also be bold.