Preacher Faux pas

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  1. tyndale1946

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    I'm not a preacher but have observed many over the 35 years I've been in the church. I've seen one trying to make a point with a hand motion that sent a water glass ito the congregation. Another during an expository moment going up and down the stairs slipped and fell on his... pride! :eek:

    I remember a book by Spurgeon and I believe it was called Lectures To My Students on preaching and the various movements and body motions used to make a point. I'm an Old Baptist and have seen preachers of the black brethren dance and preach at the same time. What embarrasing moments or preaching faux pas have happened to you or have you seen as a preacher or member in the church?... Brother Glen [​IMG]
     
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    I attended my aunt's church once on a communion sunday. Everything was as it should be, until...

    the pastor was attempting to pass the communion wine to a deacon and....plop, the whole thing fell on the floor....

    everyone just gaped....noone moved for a couple minutes, in shock, juice was everywhere, and little glasses rolled all over....

    but some of the ladies kicked into gear and quickly cleaned up and refilled. Saved the day...

    :D
     
  3. Bro. Curtis

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    I've seen my pastor knock his microphone into the third row several times.

    I've also seen him in the middle of a story he thought was funny, only to stop in mid-sentence due to his wife's glare, & get back to the sermon.

    He was in a car accident that left him partially deaf, so anytime he sings is a faux-pas.

    He's an ex boxer, & has no idea how strong he is, & has knocked people over with handshakes & playful nudges.

    He's taken the men out for breakfast & forgot his wallet.

    He rooted for the Rams to win the superbowl!!!! In Massachusetts!!! We won't let him forget that one.

    He wears $40 dollar suits, but drives a Lincoln.

    But we really do love him, he is a great speaker & is becoming a great preacher.

    http://www.invitation.org
     
  4. Chick Daniels

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    My pastor once preached a message including Pontius Pilate, who, he insisted was the procreator of all Judea (instead of Procurator).

    Another was a Pastor who kept insisting all through his message that "Moses refused to be called Phaoroah's daughter."

    Chick
     
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    A good friend of mine once used his wife in the audience as an example of a "dummy" (for something stupid she had done); ... not a good idea to ever use your wife as an example ... :eek:
     
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    Originally posted in the sermons forum:

    One Sunday the pulpit was filled by a lay preacher who talked at length of Jesus' eating with "Republicans and sinners," explaining the how humbling it must have been to be seen talking with the despised "Republicans."
    "You can't get lower than that," he said.
    Luckily, in our church there weren't very many, although one member told me -- furtively -- that one of the deacons was among the Republicans. :D
     
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    I was preaching on immortality from 1 Corinthians 15:53 and kept saying that this mortal must put on immorality. I caught it once, but then I slipped back into immorality. :eek: :eek: This happened when I was a student pastor in a little country church.
     
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    Here are a few that are stuck in my mind:

    1). Upon praying for the offering, a pastor friend of mine started the prayer off by saying, "Lord, we thank you for this food . . ." I guess he was right in a way - the money brought in did provide food on his table

    2). Another pastor friend was asked at a dinner to pray the blessing. He no sooner bowed his head and let out the loudest belch - which was out of character for him. Needless to say it caused a few smirks.

    3). I was once praying on Sunday morning for all of the people who were out sick. I started to stumble over the words "mortal" and "immortal". No idea why I did that, but needless to say I left many people confused - including myself! &lt;ugh&gt;.

    I am so glad that the Lord shows us grace in these moments. [​IMG]
     
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    This wasn't really my blunder, but once I got up to pray a pastoral prayer. I paused a couple of times during the prayer. The next time I paused, the song leader let out what he thought was going to be a long, slow, silent belch. It was all but the latest of the three. Giggle abounded. Somehow I finished my prayer, then buried my head in my hymnal so I could laugh.

    This is mine: While in seminary, I was interim at churches named Pleasant Grove, Pleasant Ridge, and Pleasant View. All in a very short length of time. At the last one, I was performing a wedding in front of a packed auditorium. I welcomed the guests to the Pleasant......and froze. What only took a few seconds seemed like hours. Then I saw above the doors to the church a beautiful stained glass window that had the name of the church. I recovered. But again, it seemed like it took forever. I probably have more. I'll post them when I remember them.
     
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    Ever seen a whole set of upper dentures fly out of a pastor's mouth before a congregation of over a hundred ?

    Also, this wonder of technology called a wireless microphone pastors clip onto their shirt fronts is something that could pick up everything.

    A pastor forgot he had one clipped on, and went and relieved himself. Everybody heard the sound.
     
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    A pastor friend shared the following incident in a Sunday night Lord's Supper service. One of his deacons had recently lost a lot of weight. While serving the Lord's supper his pants fell down around his ankles. He said it was amusing to see this man shuffling to the back with his pants around his ankles. Needless to say the spirit of the service was gone. ;)

    [ May 14, 2002, 11:36 AM: Message edited by: Circuitrider ]
     
  12. TaterTot

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    My husband is a pastor, and once he was preaching to a group of about 300 senior adults, and he admitted to being involved in an affair!! He was actually taking about how people will let you down, but God wont. He MEANT that his childhood pastor had once been involved in an affair, but it came out ALL wrong and all eyes went straight to ME!!! :eek:
    Also, our pianist is 85 years old and half deaf. (But tremendously gifted!)She often thinks she can "slip out" her "flatulence". Once we were having a circle prayer after the Sept. 11th events, and as she was walking to join the circle from the organ, everyone was silent, she started "slipping them out", but boy did she play a tune! My poor husband was about DYING as he had to lead in a serious prayer. Everyone was snickering and she didnt even know it!
     

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