A minister once asked a minister friend how large his church attendance had been on the previous Sunday.  The man replied, “It was large and respectable.”  The first minister later found out only two people had come.  He confronted his friend, saying “You lied, you said the crowd was large and respectable and there were only two people there!”  The other minister replied, “That’s right.  There were two people.  One was large and the other was respectable.”


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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.