First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Meeting with a peer earlier today, he said, "My sermons have been really tough lately.  Maybe it's time for a fluff sermon."

You may want to check out "Clerical Error" on for some related thoughts.

Well, as my friend talked, I thought of Kurt Vonnegut's conclusion to a "sermon" on Palm Sunday 1980 at NYC's St. Clement's Episcopal Church: "This has no doubt been a silly sermon.  I am sure you do not mind.  People don't come for preachments, of course, but to daydream about God.  I thank you for your sweetly faked attention."


Anyway, I did say this to my peer and friend, "I'll never forget sitting in preaching class back in 1974.  The class was right after our daily chapel service.  Dr. Macleod, before saying anything else, started, 'When you have the privilege of preaching in Miller Chapel, please have something to say and don't waste everybody's time.'  Uh, I had just preached in chapel a few minutes earlier.  I never forgot that.  I haven't been able to preach a 'fluff' sermon ever since."

Sooooooo try as I have, the Lord just won't let me preach a fluffy message for our 175th anniversary of life and ministry on the corner of Lincoln and Main this Sunday.


What do Exodus 20, Philippians 3, Revelation 1, Miley Cyrus, and Justin Bieber have in common?

Blessings and Love!

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