I got some bad news the other day: the software we use to record and maintain the subscriber files of Preaching is not “Y2K compliant.” That’s the shorthand the computer techies use to describe software that on January 1, 2000, will assume that it is now 1900 and, since computers didn’t exist then, will promptly blow up or similarly evaporate from view.
This whole mess occurred because when people were creating lots of the software we use, they wanted to save space in all that programming code. So instead of coding “1982” they just coded “82” and the computer was smart enough to insert the “19.” Except now this brilliant piece of technology isn’t smart enough to know that time doesn’t move backward.
Apparently the techies didn’t think about all this software still being in use when the year 2000 rolled around. They obviously don’t know me; I’m still using the eraser that Miss Evans gave me in fifth grade. (If it ain’t broke, don’t throw it out.) So now everybody who uses computers to manage information — banks, the IRS, schools, and little publishing companies like ours — must buy new software or have high-priced computer techies spend many hours (at a rate of approximately ten jillion dollars an hour) to make us “Y2K Compliant.”
Which suddenly starts putting things into perspective. Those computer programming guys created this problem, and now who do we have to hire to fix it? Same guys (or their kid brothers)! And it all comes into view: the year 2000 is not simply the turn of a new millennium. It’s the ultimate job security for computer programmers!
Now if only we preachers can figure out a way to convince our congregations that listening to our sermons will help them to become “LY2K Compliant.” It stands for “Life in the Year 2000 Compliant.” And best of all, it’s true!

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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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