In the book Veeps, by Bill Kelter and Wayne Shellabarger, there is the fascinating story of Alben Barkley. Barkley, from Kentucky, already had an illustrious career in politics before being tapped to be Harry Truman’s running mate in 1948. Most had written off Truman’s chances of winning; but Barkley was getting up in years, was trusted as the senate minority leader, so he agreed. The Truman-Barkley ticket ended up winning against all odds.

After failing to get the presidential nomination himself, Barkley embarked on a career that included his own TV show and making speeches. During a speech at Washington and Lee University, Barkley said, “I’m glad to sit on the back row, for I would rather be a servant in the House of the Lord than to sit in the seat of the mighty.” While still at the rostrum, he suffered a fatal heart attack.

View more sermon illustrations for inspiration for your next message.

Share This On:

About The Author

A third generation preacher, Mike Shannon is Professor of Preaching at Cincinnati Bible Seminary of Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a preaching minister, church planter, and college professor. His most recent preaching ministry was at the historic First Christian Church of Johnson City, Tennessee. In his nearly two decades at Cincinnati Christian University, Mike has served as both professor and Dean of the Seminary. He has also been an adjunct professor at Milligan College and Northern Kentucky University. Mike is the author or co-author of several books.

Related Posts