As winter fades and spring begins to bloom, I’ve been thinking about:
The Kentucky Derby is finally getting religion. As this issue goes to press, the favored horse is named “Pulpit.” Perhaps this could be the beginning of a trend. Future contenders may carry names like “Seeker Sensitive,” “Inductive,” or “Three-Points-end-a Poem.”
Another positive sign is that the horse with the longest odds is named “Southern Playgirl.” Perhaps “Pulpit” can have a positive influence?
June is approaching, the season of weddings and marital bliss. Sometimes.
I will never forget the aftermath of a wedding I performed as an associate pastor in Tallahassee, Florida. Everything seemed normal, and after the wedding the best man handed me an envelope containing a check for $100 — not bad for those days. (Actually, I suspect the wedding honorarium is one of the few commodities not affected by inflation.)
A couple of weeks later, I received a call from the groom, announcing that there had been a mistake. The best man had incorrectly given me a check that should have gone to the janitor. It turns out the janitor had already been paid, so he would appreciate a refund.
“Of course, it would be fine if you kept $25 for yourself,” he graciously commented.
I sent him a check for the full $100. I figured any groom who asked for a refund on his wedding needed the money more than I did.
Some people just can’t get a break.
I read about a man who stepped up to the desk of a hotel in Buffalo, New York, and told the desk clerk he needed a job. The clerk pulled out an application, asked for the man’s name and address, and wrote it down. At that point, the man pulled a gun and told the clerk to empty the cash register. He received $52 and ran away.
When the police arrived, the clerk gave them the robber’s name and address from the application. The police arrived at that address and arrested the not-so-bright criminal.
Did you know that Americans swallow 17 billion aspirin tablets a year? That’s an average of 77 aspirins for every single person. According to reliable sources, deacons/elders meetings are a major contributing factor.
Until the next issue, may you have an aspirin-free ministry!

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About The Author

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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