When it comes time to travel, you have plenty of choices. Even after all the airlines that have gone out of business-and I was shrewd enough to buy stock in several of them, thank you very much-there is still an ample selection of airlines available to send your luggage on to Chicago as you are arriving in Atlanta. You can sample filet of peanut on AirTran, American, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, Northwest, Southwest, United, and a new one or two every year.

Still, it’s getting harder and harder to tell the difference between airlines. Wouldn’t it be helpful if airlines were more like churches, each with its own distinctive characteristics?

Catholic Airlines-In the event of a problem, your overhead compartment will open and rosary beads will drop down.

Baptist Airlines-We don’t serve alcohol, but we have a great “dinner on the concourse.” Just bring along a covered dish with your e-ticket.

Pentecostal Airlines-The flight attendant will present the safety information in an unknown tongue, requiring another flight attendant to interpret.

Seventh-Day Adventist Airlines-We only fly on Saturday.

Christian Church Airlines-We fly planes the way they used to fly planes!

Presbyterian Airlines-All worshipers shall remain in an upright and locked position.

Episcopal Airlines-We will take off as soon as we decide who owns the planes.

Church of Christ Airlines-Those other guys aren’t real airlines. We’re the only real airline.

Evangelistic Airlines-If we don’t have a full flight, we go out and get some more!

Calvinist Airlines-When your destination has already been decided.

Arminian Airlines-Even after you’re on board, you can still get bumped from the flight.

Secular Humanist Airlines-We’ve got a plane full of people but no place to go!



Michael Duduit is Editor of Preaching magazine. You can write to him at michael@preaching.com, or visit his website at www.michaelduduit.com.

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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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