Friday, December 23, 2005

Christmas Entertainment for Preachers....

Dear RevGalBlogPals and others,

Here is the start of my list of the Worst Sermon Titles Ever (and then, the worst sermon ideas). Could you make up a few to add to this list? There may be a prize.

The Road to Hell and Who You'll See There
Cute Stories About My Family Which I Will Use to Moralize
One Sports Analogy After Another Related to the Gospel
Jesus: A Stand Up Kind of Guy
Drip Dry: Why We Baptize As We Do
Gethsemane and the Committee Meetings
Confession of My Personal Sins
People Who Should Leave This Church
I Wrote this One On the Way to Church
Sin and Our Congregation: Who Did What
The Funniest Confessions I've Ever Heard

The LH suggested the last two. Can you help me out here? What can you add?

Blogging while Baking,

St. Casserole

18 comments:

Sue said...

True story: I have a colleague who was a bit behind on his planning for the week when his secretary asked him for the sermon title. He responded by saying: I'm calling it "A Long and Boring Discourse"

She took him at his word and published it that way in the order of service and the newspaper ad!

peripateticpolarbear said...

I had a classmate in seminary who, everytime he was asked what he was preaching on would say this:
"Sin" (long pause)
"I'm agin' it."

will smama said...

Mine is not a title, but I sat in a worship service where the seminary intern started his sermon by saying, "So, I got my girlfriend pregnant...."

Friday Mom said...

Actual sermon title seen on the marquis outside a primitive baptist church in the upper midwest: Highway 666: Turnpike to Torment.

cheesehead said...

"The Last Three Times I Preached This Sermon, People Loved It."

Songbird said...

"There's Something About Mary"

jo(e) said...

I forgot what I was going to say because I am laughing so hard at Songbird's suggestion.

Songbird said...

I thought it up, evilly, during a clergy Bible Study three years ago and used it as my working title, although not my official title, for that year's last sermon before Christmas. I am a bad, bad bird.

Gord said...

I almost used that this year SOngbird--but decided that it may well be copyrighted. AT least that is how I told it to the congregation.

Gord said...

Oh and this year for Advent 3 my sermon title (which actually was chosen early enough to make it into the weekly paper) was "Do I like Christmas?"

Honestly I expected at least one comment between Monday (when the paper comes out) and Sunday. BUt nobody said anything.

the reverend mommy said...

You may be a bad, bad bird, but that's a hoot. Did you wear hair gel?

Quotidian Grace said...

If you wore hairgel, I'd pay to see it!

Becky Ardell Downs said...

In the last year I've preached on "The Magic Kingdom of God" (after returning from Disneyworld) and "Choosing a Title For Your Sermon". Both pretty awful titles, pretty decent sermons.

Becky Ardell Downs said...

ppb, reminds me of the story of the first time preacher who asked the senior pastor what he should talk about. Senior pastors says, "talk about God. and talk about 15 minutes."

cheesehead said...

Late back to the party, and Songbird's 'naughty' title, but I will say that I have used book/movie/song/poem titles/lyrics/lines for sermons many,many, times.

My congregation has almost come to expect it.

Anonymous said...

Okay, here'a my thought:

" One Hour on Tithing".


Mr. C

Kathryn said...

Oh, I'm so so glad that we don't have to have titles here...but in the vein of ppb's classmate, we were told always to preach "About God and about 10 minutes".

jledmiston said...

This made me laugh out loud in the middle of the night and wake up my kids. Hope you and Songbird find a nice quiet place to laugh histerically.