Friday, June 05, 2015

Jack’s Winning Words 6/5/15
“Words are but pictures of our thoughts.”  (John Dryden)  One of the benefits of living in “Detroit” is that we can hear Canadian radio and the Vinyl Café with Stuart McLean.  He’s on a par with Garrison Keillor.  Both have the ability to use words to paint pictures.  A Catholic seminary is using actors to teach potential priests how to use words in a better way when they preach.  Some rabbis are known as good story tellers.  Jesus was especially good at it.    ;-)  Jack

FROM TARMART REV:  ...come much easier with my jokes...must work harder at it with my wired wrong in this area... 0;-/====JACK:  I wonder if Jesus told any jokes?

FROM ST. PAUL IN ST. PAUL:  and that is so missing in today's preaching.  I heard a sermon last sunday from a young woman seminarian on a Roman's text.  but it had not one story or illustration in it!  it would have made a good seminary lecture.  Jesus was the consummate story teller.   so should be his followers.   and if you have to explain the story,  it not a good one.====JACK:  In today's world we're used to TV surfing.  Maybe that carries over into church attendance/membership.  I was fortunate to have some great teachers, with regard to preaching.  In fact, I have in my hand a Homiletics assignment (a detailed outline for a sermon).  I turned it in a half-day-late with a note..."I forgot!"  The professor returned it with a grade of D and his note..."I remembered."  Then, at the bottom he had crossed out the D and gave me a B with the words, "I forgave."  I have never forgotten that practical lesson of GRACE.

FROM CHESTER THE GOOD:  The guy who said, "The word is mightier than the sword",  had a point. (Pun intended====JACK:  That saying, in French, is, "La plume est plus forte que l'epee."

FROM BLAZING OAKS:  I guess we in the midwest are missing something by not hearing THE VINYL CAFE. Garrison Keillor is on the radio at noon on Sat. and Sun here; sometimes good, sometimes pretty mundane. Some authors have the gift of painting pictures with their words. I always thought Maeve Binchy was so talented in her book characteriztions. Those people really came alive!  She will be missed. I've read all of her novels and short stories...True WW today.====JACK: Another great story teller was Jonathan Winters.  I miss him.

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