A churchgoer wrote a letter to the editor of the newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. "I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me I can't remember a single one of them. So I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all."
This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
"I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But for the life of me, I cannot recall what the menu was for a single one of those meals. But I do know this: they all nourished me and gave me strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me those meals, I would be dead today."
No comments were made on the sermon contents anymore.
From Bro. Ernest:As I read over this, I thought back. I remember sleeping through so many sermons. And I remember one that Bro. Roger gave at least 3 times (and he said he didn't do reruns). Could be that one was just for me.And every once in a while I still remember back to one from Bro. Truman Durham in a revival when I was a child. He started by talking about the beauty of the sunset we had witnessed driving to the service. The beauty of God's love was all around us. It had been evident even without a word being said. And then too, I remember a couple where I wish I had said something else. Seminary professor Dr. Joel Gregory had said we needed to put about 15 hours into that Sunday morning sermon. But a few of them just didn't make it. We have to be open to deliver God's word, just as the congregation must be in a spirit to receive it.