The title of my collection of essays which will be published soon, is Wadda Ya Know Preacher?
The title is explained in the introduction for the essays. A retired funeral director named Mr. Stover greeted me the same way each time we met. Whadda ya know, preacher? The essays are an attempt to answer that question. But I realize that I continue to learn and grow in spite of retirement.
You don’t learn how to be a pastor and a preacher in seminary. They give you some basic tools that will help you once you are in a local church. But you don’t really learn how to do this work until you are on the job.
I have served a variety of churches over the years.Some of them were small and some large. Some were urban and others were suburban or rural. Some of those churches were wealthy and some were very poor, And while the experiences vary from one church to another there are similarities in all of them. One cynical friend described it as “Different circus; same clowns,”
What I plan to do in this blog is to tell some of those stories in brief. The stories are on topics such as:
- The day the robin flew into the sanctuary and sat and listened to the whole sermon.
- The moment of truth when I got a speeding ticket
- The battle over the American flag
- Everybody goes home from church barefoot
Some stories are funny. Others are sad. They are all true events that took place in my years of ministry.
I have developed a style of preaching that usually begins with a story or a joke that pertains to the theme of the sermon. From time to time, I will include some of those in case you want to borrow one for one of your sermons.