Pastors, Be A Reservoir, Not A Canal


Note: Bernard would not be on my recommended list of preachers to read, unless you needed to learn how not to preach from the Bible, but every now and then, you find a nugget. The ideal for every preacher of doctrine:

“If…you are wise, you will show yourself rather as a reservoir than as a canal. For a canal spreads abroad water as it receives it, but a reservoir waits until it is filled before overflowing, and thus communicates, without loss to itself, its superabundant water… In the Church at the present day we have many canals, few reservoirs.”

– Bernard of Clairvaux, Cantica Canticorum, tr. Samuel J. Eales (London:Elliot Stock, 1895)