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Stockholm Cathedral, as I’ve said many times, is very pleasing to the eye.  It is full of amazing art, impressive statues, and a plethora of gold.

One only has to look at the King or Queen’s seat to understand.

Stockholm CathedralAnd it goes from there.  What does a king get for his favorite preacher?

A nice gold pulpit.

Stockholm CathedralImpressive isn’t it.  Who wouldn’t want to preach from that right?

Of course, there is a price to pay for this.  It’s not paid in currency or gold.  The cost is the Gospel which preaches good news to the poor, the outcast, and the outsider.  In a church like this, and in any society where the ruling and governing class have sway over the church, what ends up being preached is a different gospel – one that preaches comfort to the comfortable.