The following was purportedly found on the desk of a beleaguered associate pastor responsible for men's ministry.
Memo to: Self
Re: Quarterly evaluation of men's fellowship meetings-by topic, format, and time offered.
Preferred topic-the rambling religious analogies from a former all-conference basketball player who played pro ball for two years in Italy.
Favorite format-twenty minutes of shootin' the breeze, followed by lots and lots of barbecued ribs.
Best time-Saturday morning at 7 A.M. A little early for ribs, but no one seemed to mind.
The topic-"The Gospel of John: Its Interrelationship with the Essene Community."
Format-ninety minutes of mime and interpretive dance, followed by sharing over a salad-bar lunch.
Time-5 P.M. on Super Bowl Sunday (though the guys wearing a Walkman didn't seem to mind).
Despite what we learned in seminary from Dr. Walker-Jones, our group may not be ready for a more introspective and artistic approach to Bible study. This would ...1