One of God’s great gifts is laughter. I have been having fun laughing about Pop and Pot, two Baptist churches and one of God’s saintly characters.
- We are having Rally Day this coming Sunday at the church where I am interim and our topic is Popcorn and Potential. The point is that popcorn that is unpopped is not good to eat. As Christians, we start off like popcorn that is unpopped but Sunday School helps us reach our potential. When we started to advertise it, I suggested we shorten it and say, “Come to Rally Day for Pop and Pot.” I figured we could set a record for attendance. However, the pastor in me feared someone would get the wrong impression and I stopped myself. But, now you know!
- I was in Newberry, SC, recently and saw a church van that said, “Old Beaver Dam Baptist Church.” I would love to be a member there so that if anyone asked me where I went to church, I could say, “That Dam Baptist Church.”
- The other Baptist church where I could be a member is Three Rivers Baptist Church on Broad River Road in Irmo, SC. If anyone asked me where I went to church, I would tell them that my church is next door to heaven. The business next door is Hot Dog Heaven and the hot dogs are heavenly. We go to heaven, often.
- Mrs. Bell Eargle died recently at the age of 99 years and exactly 10 months. If I could be as active as Mrs. Bell, I wouldn’t mind living to that age. Mrs. Bell was one of my favorite members over the years. I lovingly described her as “one of God’s saintly characters.” When I arrived as interim, she was 94 and told me that she really enjoyed “calling on all the old people.” I later learned that all but one of the old people was younger than she was. My favorite Mrs. Bell story happened when she was 95 and in charge of a funeral luncheon at the church. Before the invocation, I asked Mrs. Bell if she had any instructions. She told the people to go on both sides of the food table to get their food and then, motioning to the counter between the kitchen and fellowship hall, said “You are to come to the bar to get your drinks.” I started giggling and was immediately joined by everyone there. “Now, pastor,” she said, indignantly, “That is not what I meant and you know it.”
Have a wonderful week and enjoy God’s gift of laughter!