I came across this commentary as I was reading Anthony Trollope's Barchester Towers. Although it was written in the 1850's, I suppose its point of view is just as valid today. It's hard to stomach, but one that a preacher surely needs never to forget. I wonder for how many the tedium from the preaching clergyman is the reason they feel "forced to stay away" from church. Probably many. I know I often grow weary of hearing myself in the pulpit. What I also find interesting, on another level, is the professions to which the preaching clergyman are compared in this paragraph:
Yikes. And yet too true, I fear.