Childish behavior

1 Thessalonians 2:1-8

A few months ago, the evening news was playing in the background as our family was getting organized for supper. I overheard the anchor ask, “Who is the most powerful preacher in Charlotte? Is it . . . ?” and he named four relatively prominent clergy. “Call in and vote! Or e-mail us! And we’ll tell you tomorrow night who really is the most powerful preacher!” After we stopped laughing, I thought, “How southern. I bet this doesn’t go on in Vermont or Europe.” The next night, falling for the gambit, I tuned in and saw the friend who had “won.” He was reflecting on what it’s like to be so powerful.


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