At the end of this piece, I want to point out how Sandra Bullock’s character learned to pray in the new movie “Gravity.” If you’ve not seen it and think this might interfere with your enjoyment, be forewarned and skip it. Or come back later.
One of the fun things about having online pastors’ magazines reproduce our stuff is reading the comments from God’s people far and wide. I did that just now with an article lifted from this blog recently and sent to perhaps 50,000 subscribers far and wide.
I have no trouble when people take issue with some point we tried to make. What’s fun is when one reader rips me apart and another one responds to straighten him out. One said I need to stick to cartooning and leave preacher stuff alone. Ouch.
Sometimes readers take seriously something I said tongue-in-cheek and go off on a rant about it. One said today, “I had a hard time listening to anything more he had to say because I couldn’t get past those introductory statements.” I had said no preacher should preach longer than 45 minutes. He started listing preachers, most of them famous, who preach an hour or more and do it well. I replied that I had meant it half-seriously and had even said (in the article) that it was just my thought and I might be wrong.
He just wanted to fight. I pity his wife today. Or his church staff, if he’s a preacher.
Incidentally, I’ve heard sermons from some of those guys he mentioned and even though they may preach an hour, after 25 or 30 minutes, they are through. They just don’t know it.
A pastor will pad his sermon? Of course.