Preaching is both a high calling and a nearly impossible task. If you read the literature on preaching, you see that the pastor is somehow supposed to be (at least):
- a biblical scholar—mastering the original languages, exegesis, history, and biblical theology
- a theologian—well versed in both historical and systematic theology as well as the major philosophies and issues of the day
- a cultural anthropologist—exegeting the surrounding culture and the forces pressing on and shaping the church
- a communicator—crafting oral presentations that can present all of this to interested but often distracted listeners and
- a shepherd—knowing the flock well enough to know what they need to near now to continue growing as the people of God.
Good luck with that. Mastering one of those is difficult enough, but all five? And I’m sure we could easily make the list longer if we tried.