I was approached today by a person who attended yesterday's funeral. They remarked on what a difficult audience this must have been to preach to (tavern customers, etc.).
On one level I understood the person's comment - it certainly wasn't a typical church audience - who didn't respond in classic "churchy" ways.
On another level I deeply disagreed. This wasn't a difficult audience at all. In fact, it's the exact audience one hopes for - most not knowing the Lord, but potentially open to hearing about Him through grief's door.
Frankly I would love to see more of this type of audience at PEFC - people who have not yet started their journey of faith - people like our neighbors, friends, co-workers, acquaintances.
Of course, wishing won't bring them here....