"He wasn't present emotionally, even if he was present physically. To hear him speak, you just get the impression this is such a warm and intimate person, but the closer you got to him, the more you'd realize he really didn't have those intimacy skills."I don't say this to criticize Smith, for his contribution has been immense. However, this is a criticism that I have heard from other people who have worked with large church pastors. They are a more loving people from the pulpit than they are in the lives of the people that should matter the most to them. A little reminder for all of us: the best and hardest place to exercise extreme sacrificial love is in the home.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
One of my favorite radio preachers is Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel. I came across an article from the L.A. Times that sheds some interesting light about what it was like for his children when they were growing up. One of Smith's sons said: