“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).
A retired seminary professor, now ministering in a different church every weekend, posted an interesting little note on Facebook…
That day, he had been wondering whether the host pastor had appreciated his sermon. So far, the preacher had not said a word. But as they walked toward the parking lot, the pastor said, “Before you go, would you like a cup of coffee?” Thinking the pastor wanted to visit a bit, the professor said, “Sure, that would be fine.”
The pastor said, “You will notice a McDonald’s on your right as you leave town. They serve a great cup of coffee.”
Not exactly what the visitor had in mind. Some of us who have had similar conversations found it amusing.
Dr. Adrian Rogers once said to me, “Do you ever get up to Memphis?” I said I did from time to time. He said, “Well, don’t ever worry about a place to eat or a place to stay. We have some of the best restaurants and hotels you will ever find anywhere.”
I laughed and said, “Thanks a lot!”
As a fellow retiree (and thus a guest preacher in some 30 or more churches a year), I have had similar experiences as my professor friend. One of the most common things that happens after I preach in a church is….