May 9, 2021


If, Pastor, Then How?


If you cannot trust the words plainly writ

but must alter them to suit your fancy

how can you reveal the God in them made plain


If you cannot view His word above your notes

but must be sure to say what you desire

how can you teach us what we are to learn


If you cannot subordinate style to substance

but must apply awkward alliterations

how can you lead through pain or persecution


And how can I trust you if all you do is edit

how God is revealed in His word and His work



Sunday morning, after a depressing exegesis


If, Pastor, Then How?
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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