Gentleman farmers and preaching...

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This is funny. I've know a couple gentleman farmers who are a little better at it than P. J. O'Rourke.

The boarding stable where P. J.'s daughter's pony now lives does, in fact, have someone who deals with the (stuff) his daughter preferred to avoid. For several years in junior high school I worked cleaning a boarding stable's stalls. Here's a proverb I love:

Where no oxen are, the manger is clean, But much revenue comes by the strength of the ox. (Proverbs 14:4)

Faithful ministry always gets us dirty. It's unavoidable. Anyone contending for God's Truth should first roll up his pants legs and shirt sleeves...

Which is the reason so much Reformed, Evangelical preaching avoids the conscience and application. Souls might confess sin and that's so very messy. Children might fill up the nursery and that's so very messy. New believers may need to be nursed and changed and that's so very messy.

The preaching and teaching ministry of churches is insipid, so the church's marriage beds and worship aren't fruitful, and that's the point. Souls aren't born or born again. The manger is fruitless.

But it's very very clean.

We must have faith to get dirty. As dirty as motherhood and fatherhood. As dirty as the Apostle Paul.