The Envelope Please . . . Michael Duduit March 1, 2005 We’re in the season of awards – the Emmys, the Grammys, and the “Big Kahuna” of awards shows: the Oscars. By the time you read this, the Oscars will have been presented (Feb. 27), but as I write this a few weeks before the big night, I’m going to go out on a limb and make a prediction: the best actor and actress awards are going to go to very rich people who appeared in movies I haven’t seen. (However, I have seen all three of the films nominated as “Best Animated Feature Film,” which I suspect says more about my status as a father of young boys than my film expertise.) But it’s not just entertainers who celebrate themselves with awards. It seems as if every field has it’s own awards system, from the “Cardiologist of the Year” to the “Teacher of the Year” and so on. When I worked in an advertising agency during graduate school, I remember there was always one awards competition or another seeking entries. I’m not sure about plumbers, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the “Golden Wrench” is given out every year. As a college football fan, I can vouch for the fact that football has an abundance of awards. There’s the Heisman, which we all know about. (Indeed, it seems every college football player knows how to assume “the pose” that appears on the Heisman statuette.) But in addition to the Heisman, there’s also the Walter Camp award and the Maxwell Award – both of which honor the “outstanding college player of the year” just like the Heisman. (Apparently you can’t celebrate the same person too many times.) Then there are all the position awards, like the Bronko Nagurski Award (Outstanding Defensive Player), the Outland Trophy (Best Interior Offensive or Defensive Lineman), and the Ray Guy award for “the nation’s top punter.” I’m just glad to know someone remembers the punter’s name after the season is over. Given that so many fields have their annual awards, it makes me think: what about preachers? Surely there should be some awards to recognize the best and brightest among us! Allow me to suggest some categories for next year’s “Tall Steeple” awards for the nation’s best performances in preaching: Best sermon of the year Best use of illustration in a sermon Best use of animation in a sermon Best use of someone else’s material in a sermon Best use of choreography in a sermon Best use of editing (requires an initial sermon draft of one hour or more, cut to a final presentation of twenty minutes or less) Best original sermon manuscript Best recycled sermon manuscript Best achievement in visual effects (including but not limited to preacher’s attire) Best performance by a preacher in a supporting role *** Got any ideas of your own for future categories? Send them along (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll share some of the best in a future issue of PreachingNow (our weekly email newsletter). ___________________________ Michael Duduit is Editor of Preaching magazine and President of American Ministry Resources. You can write to him at email@example.com, or visit his website at www.michaelduduit.com. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.