Just back from an excellent service at Dumfries Northwest Church, where four of us shared the conduct of worship.
The Scripture Reading (and the theme) was the New Testament story of Zacchaeus.
It reminded me of a story concerning Charles Spurgeon and a student in training for the ministry
Part of the training involved the students preaching before their fellow classmates.
Spurgeon would call a student to the front of the class, hand him a text, and ask him to preach on it.
Once, the selected student stood up in front of the class and said, “I have been given the New Testament passage: Luke 19, verses 1-10.
“There are three things I would like to point out about Zacchaeus:
“I would like to say in the first place, he was a little man and so am I.
“I would remark in the second place, he was up a tree and so am I.
“And I would emphasize in the third place, he made haste and came down and so will I.”