Thursday, August 26, 2010

#184 Saying "Now, I know what you're thinking."

This is a fun little catchphrase that every pastor keeps chambered. They use it after saying something they imagine was startling.

Common uses of this phrase in sermons include:

"I know what you're thinking. Isn't God supposed to be a loving God?"

"I know what you're thinking. Pastor Ed, are you going to lecture me on the evils of alcohol?"

"Now I know what you're thinking. Crazy preacher man spouting off at the mouth about the whore of Babylon and some such."

"Now I know what you're thinking. Pastor Mark, what do you mean I should tithe more than 10%?"

And the most common version:

"I know what you're thinking: easier said that done."

This psychic revelation is often followed by "I'm not here to lecture you" or "You'd better believe it."


Lennyb said...

Oh man, I wish I could say I've never said this ...


Anonymous said...

Every single Wednesday night. My old youth pastor used this one every single sermon...woof.

Shaun Somers said...

This is funny to me because my pastor's name is Ed.

I think this might be a common thing in persuasive public speaking, not just in sermons - I seem to recall hearing it in an infomercial or two.

Anonymous said...

I know this was so long ago, but making my way through your amazing blog and this cracked me up!

"Crazy preacher man spouting off at the mouth about the whore of Babylon and some such."

I loved Nathan Fillion in Buffy!

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