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YOU CAN MAKE HIM DRINK


Howard Hendricks, one of my professors at Dallas Theological Seminary, sometimes talked about his days when he was a student at the same seminary. In one of those stories, he tells about the time he was invited to preach in west Texas. "You've all heard of Nowhere? Well," Hendricks says, "this was 25 miles beyond that." The teeming crowds were gathering -- all 17 of them, but Hendricks preached with all the fervor and passion of his heart. When he got through, a tall Texan came up to him and said, "You were wrong."


"Well, sir," Hendricks said. "I've been wrong on many occasions. Give me the information."


The Texan replied, "In your sermon you made a moronic statement. You said you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. And that ain't true, 'cause you can feed him salt."


(Howard Hendricks, "Beyond the Bottom Line," Preaching Today, Tape No.101. From a sermon by C. Philip Green, Living Stones, 5/19/2011)

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