President Theodore Roosevelt was known to go to church and sing the hymns louder than anyone else. This led to a story that made the rounds during his administrations. Recorded by Paul Boller Jr., the story imaginedRoosevelt on his first day in heaven. Roosevelt went to St. Peter and said, “Your choir is weak, inexcusably weak. You should reorganize it at once.” St. Peter suggested that Roosevelt organize it.

“Well,” he said, “I’ll need ten thousand sopranos, ten thousand altos, and ten thousand tenors.”

“But what about the basses?” asked St. Peter?

“Oh,” said the president, “I’ll sing bass.”

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