Down to Earth
A learned scientist approached a minister and said, “I don’t want you to talk about God anymore. I don’t want you to mention Him at all. As you know, science has progressed to the point where we can do anything God ever did. We can clone a man. So no more of this God talk.”
The minister said, “All right. Let’s see you make a man.”
The scientist bent down to pick up a handful of dirt, but the minister restrained him.
“Not so fast,” he said. “Use you own dirt.”
Trinity Lutheran Church
Help from Heaven
Several years ago during a weekly Thursday morning Bible class at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., a parishioner remarked, “Pastor, my dog is 14 years old and in lots of pain. I wish the Lord would let him die. I don’t want to put him to sleep myself.”
I replied to her with this counsel: “The Lord doesn’t normally do for you what you can do for yourself.”
To illustrate, I added, “I sure wish the Lord would write my sermons for me.”
Another faithful parishioner, who never missed a Bible class or worship service, replied sweetly, “Pastor, we wish He’d write your sermons, too.”
Rev. Richard Thur
Trinity Lutheran Church, Louisiana, Mo.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Bowling Green, Mo.