“Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was … so he … climbed up into a sycamore tree”
A certain homiletics professor was always trying to get his seminary students to demonstrate instant success as a preacher. In the words of one of his former students…
He had the practice, without any advance announcement, of giving us a slip of paper with a brief Scripture text on it. We were allowed five minutes to prepare a sermon on that text, and then we had to go into our practice pulpit and preach it. Talk about panic! And we weren’t preaching to ordinary folks. We were preaching to a room full of seminary students who were like piranhas…
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