- Proclaim the Word - imperative.
- Be urgent - imperative. επιστηθι
- At the best time - one Greek adverb, best-timesly. ευκαιρως
- At the worst time - one Greek adverb, worst-timsely. ακαιρως
Ironic note - when I contacted an Eastern Orthodox priest in researching Glende's give-away of a great church location on the Illinois university campus, the minister who took over the property invited me to consider EO in a kindly and friendly way. He did not stick a thumb in my eye, as LCMS, WELS, and CLC (sic) leaders do.
Not trusting the Word leads us to say, "I could say or write this, but bad things will happen to me if I do." In fact, many have objected to something and found themselves canned and trashed by their Lutheran sect. The problem is, the ministers want back in, which is a big mistake. If they cannot get themselves reconciled in their old sect, they give up altogether. And yet, teaching the Word of God will gather a congregation.
When I worked at Walmart for three months I found out that a number of older men, retired from great careers, were also working part-time. They wanted something to do, and they did not look down on becoming greeters or having another basic job. I learned a lot and had a great time. Why would an expelled but faithful pastor look down on being a tent-maker like Paul? Oh yes, that is only for a sermon illustration. Let's not take Paul's example seriously.
Preaching the Word at the best and worst times definitely brings the cross. However, innumerable blessings also grow from that experience. These blessings cannot be predicted or imagined in advance. Sometimes they arrive slowly, so slowly it seems forever. At other times many come in a rush.
|This is an indication of what came from J. S. Bach's|