Three Preachers

Three ministers — a Baptist, a Presbyterian, and an Episcopalian — were having lunch one day. One of them posed this hypothetical question: “If you knew you only had a week to live and could only preach one last sermon, what would your topic be?”

The Baptist enthusiastically said, “I would preach on the absolute necessity of each person to make his or her own free decision for or against Christ.”

The Presbyterian countered, “I would preach about the absolute sovereignty of God and recognizing that we have already been predestined to our eternal destiny.”

The Anglican thought about it for a long moment, and then said, “Well, I suppose I would preach on the lessons assigned for the day.”

N.B. I heard this joke years ago, from an Episcopal pulpit, of course. It danced across my mind this morning during my prayer time and so I thought it might amuse my readers.

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  1. Ha, funny. Maybe update with an emerging church pastor who perhaps gathers his small group and live streams their last meeting on the web with open commentary. Or the contemplative, “Now that will definitely give me something to think about.”

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