?It’s summer, and that means it’s time for family vacations. This year is going to be our first big driving family vacation-that is, driving more than a few hours at a time. (This is the summer we get our money’s worth out of that minivan.)
We’ll be visiting historic sites such as Gettysburg and Valley Forge (Dad’s choice), cultural choices such as the Smithsonian (Mom’s choice), and Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (That one’s the kids’ choice, but Dad is not objecting in the least.)
Of course, not every tourist site can be on your “must do” list. I read one list of spots to avoid visiting, including:
• The Library of Discarded ATM Receipts
• Dr. Scholl’s Corn Palace
• The Museum of Art Created Just to Belittle You
• World of Wasps!
• The Hall of Unflattering Mirrors
That has me thinking about some places every preacher would want to visit on summer vacation. Among the thrilling sites on my list:
• The factory where they make all those cool plexi-glass pulpits-do you think they give out samples?
• The world’s tallest steeple-229 feet (atop First Baptist of Huntsville, Ala.)
• The world’s largest Bible-weighing in at 1,094 pounds (at Abilene Christian University)
But I must admit there are some vacation attractions for preachers that I may just pass on, including:
• The Museum of Expired Sunday School Curriculum
• The world’s largest offering plate
• The new IMAX feature film The Unending Sermon
• The world’s largest Christian bookstore with absolutely no books
• The leaning tower of offering envelopes
• The tomb of the unknown deacon
But I am keeping my eyes peeled for possible sites to add to this year’s vacation itinerary. For example, I just ran across news of the famous “All-Year, Around-the-Clock, Covered-Dish Supper.” I mean, who could resist a visit to a place like that?

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Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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