I got up to give the sermon today on Graduation Sunday. We had just honored those who would be graduating. They were in their caps and gowns. They stood out because the rest of the congregation didn’t wear their robes. As I approached the music stand this thought crossed my mind: THERE ARE BETTER SPEAKERS IN THE CROWD THAN THERE IS IN THE PULPIT. Let me explain.
- Carl Brunner is a National Forensic Finalist who is going to Washington D.C. for the National Tournament at the end of the Month.
- Jama Gleue just won State with his Original Oration.
- Laynae Beneshek gave the Salutatorian address that was compact, concise, and challenging.
- Those plus Forensic competitors, John Price and Max Filinger, compose a talented roster of speakers.
I have never considered myself to be a great speaker. I like teaching, but when it comes to manufacturing emotion and passion, I have never been that confident in my abilities. I am, however, very confident in our youth and their abilities. In the graduation reception line, I told them there would be one day where I just cash it in and let them handle the preaching…it may just be my last day on the job when the congregation see’s how good they really are.