why I value poetry as a pastor. I believe there is an intersection--an overlap--between the poet's craft and the pastor's task. Similarly, Eric McKiddie, pastor at Gospel Community at Chapel Hill Bible Church in North Carolina, wrote recently about "How to Read Fiction and Become a More Interesting Preacher."
I think he's absolutely right. ESPECIALLY in the twenty-first century, the need has never been greater for pastors who think, speak, and feel with a story-lover's perspective and a story-teller's skills.
Read Eric's post and see if you don't agree.
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