preacher was trying to put some fear into his congregation, so in the middle
of a sermon he exclaimed, "Everybody in this congregation is going to die.
Instead of getting the reaction he expected, the preacher heard a man cackling
with laughter. The preacher stopped as he sternly inquired of the man, "Why
are you laughing?" "Because I'm not a member of this congregation,"
said the man.
Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati,