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I suspect preachers fall into these familiar traps because not only do we not expect God to show up, but we also do not trust those to whom we preach. God knows we all want to be liked. We want to preach sermons the congregation will “like.” Moreover it is hard to preach the truth to those one has come to love. But the truth of the gospel is a harsh and dreadful truth. It is a truth through which we come to recognize that when all is said and done we are sinners who would prefer to live as if God does not exist.

Stanley Hauerwas,
A Cross-Shattered Church