A 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.


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