Magazine article The Christian Century

Wondering Minds

Magazine article The Christian Century

Wondering Minds

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ONCE AGAIN we return the favor, sending on what readers have passed on to us: church bulletin typos or strange advertisements. For instance: there's a word missing and the syntax is bad in this line from the First Presbyterian Church of Charleroi, Pennsylvania, as it welcomed a guest preacher: "THE SERMON: WHAT FOOL AM Rev. James Gillespie."

The Christian Church of Elmwood and Unadilla, Nebraska, in its call to worship asked Almighty God to "deliver us . . . from wondering of mind."

Worshipers at Syracuse University Protestant Campus Ministry were asked to be distinctly non-Barthian in the opening hymn: "Joyful, Joyful, We Above Thee."

Readers of the Kent, Ohio, United Church of Christ Messenger were offered a special deal for Christmas: poinsettias will be "purchased from the Hartville Loins Club." For when the loin lies down with the limb?

Bread for the World, where are you? A news release from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) lists on its cover the headline "JEEP USED FOR FOOD."

The First Christian Church of Stockton, California, knows something about paradise, as it announced, with deepest sympathy, the death of a member's brother who "graduated to his eternal home in Oregon." Wait until Washington state hears about that.

Labor shortage? The Trinitarian, from the Synod of the Trinity of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Upper Ohio Valley, headlines: "Babes Commission for work in Taiwan." Turns out it's Sharyn and Rodney Babe, heading off for mission activity.

The Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Delaware, is not reassuring: "The warmth felt here in Fellowship Hall was snot caused by a weather front. …

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