John Turpin, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, California, told this true story at a recent Pastor’s Conference at Asilomar Conference Grounds. It seems that two Presbyterian denominational executives were out on the road together, speaking night after night at a great variety of churches, rural and city, big and small. One of the men gave the same talk night after night. The other man gave a different presentation every night. After awhile he got tired of hearing the other man’s repetitious presentation nightly. So he asked his colleague if he could go first that night. He gladly accepted. He then proceeded to give the other man’s talk which he had heard so many times that he had memorized it, and sat down. Totally unabashed, his friend got up and gave a brand new talk that he hadn’t used before. When the service was over nothing was said. In fact several days went by before the first man couldn’t stand…
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