ver the years, I have spoken with numerous pastors—most of them men who labor faithfully under difficult circumstances, doing their best to fulfill the expectations of their people. The typical pastor’s days are filled with activities that preclude study, solitude, and reflection. He is busy counseling people who are troubled or confused, visiting the sick, evangelizing the lost, and socializing with church members. People in the pews generally expect their pastor to make such things his highest priorities. They seem to think that study and preparation for preaching are luxuries—discretionary activities that the pastor can do in his leisure time, if he has any.