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Mark Dever, James MacDonald, and Matt Chandler share their biggest preaching goofs.

Discussion Starter: Share your biggest preaching goof in the Comment section below.

James MacDonald (D. Min. Phoenix Seminary) is the founding senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, leads the church planting ministry of Harvest Bible Fellowship, teaches the practical application of God's Word on the Walk in the Word radio broadcast, and is a gifted author and speaker.

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W. K. (Ken) Griffin

commented on Sep 27, 2011

I was preaching on the sancity of the holy of holies and the described the high priest entering the naos once a year with bells around the hem of his robe and a rope tied to his ankle in case he were to be killed by God. As I tried to describe his ministry behind the vail I said, "He tinkled here and he tinkled there, and he tinkled here and he tinkled there, and he tinkled ...". That was when I realized that I had lost the entire church.

Phil De Lorme

commented on Sep 27, 2011

I was recently preaching on the ability of the Holy Spirit to suddenly "explode" in your life empowering you to do the ministry that God had called you to. I meant to say "It is like an I.E.D. experience". But evidently I didn't say that I said "It is like an IUD expeerience"

Keith Manning

commented on Sep 27, 2011

Preaching about worship, mentioning how the Bible describes how angels and saints in heaven fall down prostrate before the Lord, I used the word "prostate." That got a few snickers, then when I realized why ppl were snickering it turned into pandamonium.

Fernando Villegas

commented on Sep 27, 2011

This didn't happen to me (seriously!), but a friend of mine told me one time that he was preaching on Moses and the burning bush. He was preaching in Spanish, and he got to the part where God told Moses to remove his shoes. Unfortunately, my friend accidently used a word that sounds similar to "shoe" in Spanish, but what he actually had God tell Moses was, "Remove your underwear!"

Tim Hickman

commented on Sep 28, 2011

I was preaching on marriage and was using a visual aid in the form of two 2x4s and super glue. The idea was that when the two were glued together they became one. But, when one is broken away from the other,(as in divorce) they each leave parts of themselves with the other. The problem was that I had the super glue in my pocket and while I was preaching I slapped my leg and busted the glue inside of my pocket, consequently gluing my pocket to my leg.

Thomas Donelan

commented on Sep 28, 2011

OK, I was preaching on John the Baptist and was speaking on how he was a voice crying out like Paul Revere on his midnight ride, and in the emotion of the moment I described John the Baptist as crying out "the British are coming..."

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