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The Minister’s Musings (with Apologies to Will S)

July 18, 2017

To preach or not to preach, that is the question!
Whether ‘tis nobler for the Rev to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous doctrines
Or to take arms against a sea of falsehoods
And exegetically end them? To preach, to teach
Lots more – and by such teaching try to end
Confusion and the thousand natural whims
The church is prone to – ‘tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished!

To preach, to teach.
To teach, perchance to judge – aye, there’s the rub
For from that judgment awkwardness may come
When we have shuffled off our Sunday best
And face each other in the aisle at Tesco.
Might make calamity of someone’s faith!

Thus conscience does speak caution to my soul
And thus the native hue of hermeneutics
Is moderated with some past’ral care
And Bible studies of great wrath and moment
With this regard turn into conversation
And lose the fear of judgment. –  Soft you now!
The service starts! – O church, in all your meetings
Be all God’s truth remembered…

 

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