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To The Point

I'd like to share this humorous story I heard a few years ago: A young minister fresh out of seminary, was appointed to serve as a youth minister in a fairly big church. Since the Senior Pastor would let him preach on occasions, every time it was his turn behind the pulpit, the young preacher would personally climb the church's marquee to announce the title of his upcoming sermon. Being fresh out of his theological training, he was still quite proud of his selected themes. The only problem was that ordinary folks weren't as thrilled as he by such titles as: "The Mosaic Law versus the dispensation of grace", "Which is more important, hermeneutics or homiletics?" etc. The old minister suggested that he try themes that were simple and more to the point. That plan didn't work too well, for the young preacher kept coming back with some pretty far-out titles. Finally, he took him aside and told him plainly: "Listen, your title has to be something that will make the people that are riding in the bus that stops next to the marquee, want to get out of the bus and into the church." The young man said: "Oh, now I get it!" So the title he put up on the marquee the week of his upcoming sermon was: "Hey there, your bus is on fire"! I hope you enjoyed the goofy story. Nevertheless, there are still many preachers who take their sermon titles more seriously than they should, or else their themes lack relevance. I am a firm believer that all messages should be simple and to the point, and never ambiguous. For example, I saw this message posted in several places in a local dollar store: "All broken items will be paid for." Did it mean the customer or the store? Let's keep it simple.  


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