My Favorite Andy Griffith Episode

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Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • sean carlson

    Still, all these yrs later, derive great pleasure from re-runs of the Andy Griffith Show. Was there ever a more perfectly, put together, television show? He will be remembered with great fondness.

  • DanO

    I don’t know the name of the episode but there was one where Opie and his friends were bored with their history reading. Andy proceeds to tell them the story of Paul Revere.

    A great example of how to liven up a seemingly boring topic. He was a great storyteller.

  • Larry S

    I seem to remember my father being critical of Andy’s lying and deception.

    Looking back we see an idyllic southern town. About the only ethnic moment was when they ate at the “chinaman’s.” And we never got to see the black section of town.

    Still I fondly remember the show.

  • Todd Moore

    Its tough to choose between “Mr. McBeevee” (Episode #64, 1962) or “Opie the Birdman” (Episode #96, 1963).
    In Mr. McBeevee” Opie claims he’s getting gifts from someone who has a shiny hat, walks in the trees, and jingles when he walks. Andy won’t believe him and punishes Opie for lying about his imaginary friend. Andy learns a lesson in trust when he accidentally happens upon the telephone line worker friend of Opie’s.
    In the Bird Man episode, Opie regrettably kills a mama bird with his new sling shot. With true repentance, he tries to make up for it by nursing its young. On the day they are released with sadness, Opie says the cage seems so empty. His father agrees but adds, “don’t the trees sound so nice and full?” A tear jerker.

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    Mega church pastors are often one of many …..with several pastors having Ministry with smaller groups …..obviously misunderstanding the ministry of staff pastors in mega churches this blog post has limited understanding of perceived weaknesses ….


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