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An excellent article from Dave McDonald at The Gospel Coalition Australia:

The Daunting Task of the Preacher

Preaching can be an intimidating task. Knees quiver and voices quaver for some of us when we are forced to speak publicly. But it’s not the people in the audience that should cause us to tremble—here are four things more daunting still.

  1. God
  2. God’s Word
  3. The preacher’s heart
  4. The preacher’s life

“By God’s word this universe continues to function. By God’s word hearts and minds are brought from death to life. By God’s word the church is built and grows into maturity. Our task is to handle this powerful word of truth with great care.”

~ Dave McDonald

Read the rest of the article here. And please, pray for your pastor!


Dave McDonald is a Canberra-based church-planter, pastor and sports chaplain. He and his wife Fiona have four children, two daughters-in-law, and a grandchild. He has lived in Canberra for the last 24 years, where he has served as the pastor of a church called Crossroads, and more recently Stromlo Christian Church. Dave blogs at macarisms.com, and is the author of Hope Beyond Cure.