One of the things that drove me from the church I once attended was the complete lack of respect for the pulpit. My main complaint was error publicly taught from the pulpit and never corrected publicly, if it was ever corrected at all. I know that church was not the only one that allowed error to be publicly taught and not publicly corrected. I think the reason for this was that they wanted to be careful not to publicly humiliate the speaker. So my first questions are: Why is the pride of the speaker more important than the integrity of the pulpit? Why is their pride more important than the whole congregation? Why is it so difficult for speakers to admit when they make a mistake or to just say, "I don't know." Recently, my husband reminded me of something I had forgotten: they would occasionally allow speakers whom they found to be questionable to speak, "just to see what they would say" -- their words! Question: Why is the pulpit so unimportant that churches will do this? Why are those 15 to 60 minutes not seen as too important to waste on trifling and nonsense? There is a lack of seriousness in the pastors and speakers toward the Word, the congregation, and toward people that really disturbs me. It did not happen just in that church; it happens in many, when </font> Sunday school is seen as baby- sitting or as a time to fill just to get it over-with</font> When the "special music" becomes entertainment</font> When the music is something the congregation is fighting over, because it does not meet with each individual tastes</font> When the speaker's sermon is a few words between the jokes</font> When the speaker reads one or two verses and drones on for thirty minutes on unrelated topics and politics, or when they make a fine five-point sermon to explain "what Jesus is trying to say."</font> When testimony time is just story time and more entertainment</font> When the congregation is not being taught and doesn't even know it is missing anything</font> Do you see yourself or your church (or another) in this? What can we do to remedy these things?