As I was thinking about the lessons this Sunday, I remembered a humorous list of poor sermon introductions. I looked through some old files and found a tattered copy. The title in the bulletin clipping is “You Know You’re in Trouble When the Preacher Begins With . . .
- Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking . . .
- Although my wife does not like this sermon, I decided to preach it anyway . . .
- Cereal boxes do not normally lead to sermon ideas, but this morning as I sat . . .
- The first of this morning’s eighteen points . . .
- Last night I dreamed of footprints in the sand . . .
- There are some topics that cannot be covered in thirty minutes . . .
- At first glance, the variants between the Septuagint and the Masoretic Texts do not seem all that interesting, however . . .
- Here are the notes for the sermon I was going to deliver, but I decided during the song before the lesson, not to give that lesson, but just to simply say some things that are on my heart and need to be said . . .
I do not think I am guilty of any of those introductions. But maybe, you had a chuckle as you read them.
” . . . but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.” Prov 15:15b