One sure thing we members of the clergy learn very quickly is that trying to preach a sermon that is both good and pleasing to everyone is like trying to walk on water. After delivering a carefully prepared sermon, a certain visiting preacher stood outside the Church alongside the pastor. There he received the usual accolades from many of the people who were filing out. It was the sort of ritual that occurs every week in many Churches. The preacher preaches and the people line up when it’s over to shake his hand and say, “I enjoyed the sermon.” This is what was taking place, until that visiting preacher was confronted by a parishioner who said, “That was a terrible sermon.” The clergyman kept his composure, even as he watched the man get back into the line so that he could have another shot at him. When the man came up the second time he said, “The stories you told in your sermon were dull…
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