It’s been almost seven years now since my wife and I faced the big decision: what to name our new baby.
Our first son – soon to be 11 years old – was a fairly easy one. Every eldest male in my family (going back at least five generations) has had the first name “James.” (I happen to be James Michael. Until 12 I went by “Jimmy,” but when my family moved to a
But when the second son came along four years later, it was wide open. I had always liked the name Stephen, so we settled on Stephen Michael. (Notice how I managed to get both my names in there, though it took two children to finish the job.)
Naming a child is a big decision. I recently read a list of the top 10 boy and girl names from 2005 (according to the Social Security Administration), and it is quite a change from the list you would have read 20 or even 10 years ago.
Compare that to the list from 1965:
Names are important to children, and they are also important to preachers. The titles we give our sermons can make a significant difference in the interest level of the congregation. So as a public service to our readers, Preaching magazine conducted an extensive survey – thanks to both of you who responded – and here is a list of the top ten favorite sermon titles for 2006:
10. Deviled Ham (Luke 8:26-39)
9. Get Off Your Donkey (Parable of Good Samaritan)
8. He’s Making A List And Checking It Twice (Final Judgement)
7. Is God your steering wheel or your spare tire?
6. Nothing but Net (John 21)
5. You Can’t Have Your Kate and Edith too (adultery)
4. Seven Ducks In A Puddle (Namaan, II Kings 5)
3. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: Don’t bend, Don’t bow, Don’t Burn!
2. A Nude Dude in a Rude Mood: A sermon on the Gadarene Demoniac
1. Standing On The Promises or Sitting On The Premises
And here’s hoping 2007 is a much better year.
Michael Duduit is Editor of Preaching magazine. You can write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit his website at www.michaelduduit.com.