“Many preachers carry the burden of God’s Word into the pulpit, and this is a good thing. Receiving the heavy mantle of preaching hot with Christ’s glory—being burdened to proclaim the Lord’s favor in the gospel—is a noble, worthy, wonderful task.
But the preacher must also feel the weight of his people in that pulpit.
He must ascend to preach having been in the valley with them.
His manuscript should be smudged with the tears of his people.”