Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Thirteen signs your sermon isn't going well

Courtesy of Chris Brauns, author of the superb Unpacking Forgiveness, is Mike Wittmer's list of 13 signs a sermon isn't going well. I think my favorites are numbers 13, 4, 3 and 1.

11 comments:

SandMan said...

14. Congregation lets out a hearty AMEN when you say the words "in conclusion."

JackW said...

That was good, but someone should do one from the point of view on the other side of the pulpit.

I know the sermon is going long …

… when the pastor starts talking so fast that I can barely get a thought in edgewise.

Lynda O said...

That was good. I have actually seen number 7 happen, with a guest preacher one time -- the phone rang, and he answered it.

DJP said...

WOW.

Pierre Saikaley said...

Sad to say, I have actually done # 10: "The congregation is filling in the blanks of your outline before you get there".

Fred Butler said...

Number 11 is like so true for me.
I usually substitute "donkey."

Sir Aaron said...

My Pastor texted me during a sermon. In fairness to him, he says his phone was off at the time (and always is during the service)...but nonetheless I had a text from his phone!

I teased him by telling him I was going to start texting him questions in the middle of the sermon.

Sir Aaron said...

@Fred: You may not depart from the authorized version. If that word was good enough for the KJV translators, it ought to be good enough for you.

;)

Aaron Snell said...

Some of the commenters on that post make some worthwhile contributions to the list:

"Your elders are following their children’s example of coloring every “O” in the bulletin."

Susan said...

#1 is horribly funny! :D

Susan said...

(Actually, #2 is LOL as well....)