In a survey conducted in the 1980s, 42 per cent of people owned up to falling asleep in church.
While everyone who goes is entitled to a moment of ‘deep rest’ once in a while, it is nothing short of tragic if church is constantly boring. Dr Martyn Lloyd Jones, the great Welsh preacher, said, “One of the most dangerous places to be is in the church of the living God.” There are times, however, when church doesn’t always live up to what it should be. Søren Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher, made this point when he said, “Whereas Jesus changed water into wine, the church has been able to do something even more difficult, it has managed to change wine into water.”
Church should be an exciting place to be – with the presence of God and the ‘dunamis’ power of the Holy Spirit in action.
- “If all the people who fall asleep in church were laid end-to-end, they would be a lot more comfortable.” Abraham Lincoln
- A young child in church for the first time saw a plaque on wall in memory of those who had died in the services. As the sermon went on and on he turned to his dad, pointing it out, and asked him which did he think they had died in – the 8am or the 10.30am service.
Falling Asleep in Church is the third in a series of eight Laugh and Laugh Again books by David Holdaway. David has been a minister for more than 37 years and over that time has gathered a wealth of funny stories, jokes and fascinating anecdotes that will bless, encourage and especially make you laugh!