“When I preach I regard neither doctors or magistrates, of whom I have above forty in my congregation; I have all my eyes on the servant maids and on the children. And if the learned men are not well pleased with what they hear, well, the door is open.”
I have to admit that I found Luther’s statement to be both provocative and reflective of thoughts I’ve often felt but never verbalized. I would imagine that it is a hard balance for every pastor to determine the breath and depth of his preaching for his church family. There will likely be present within any congregation those who think their pastor too shallow and others who consider him to deep.