OK. I’m looking for your thoughts here.
I said two things on Sunday in the Pentecost sermon that was just a little sloppy. I’m not proud of it. I was just two quick, trying to get to my main point.
I claimed that it was only the twelve who spoke in other languages. But I spoke with too much certainty. The ‘they’ in Verse 1 could have been the twelve together with all or some of the 120 believers mentioned in Acts 1. Secondly, I said that it was a wind that came upon the room, rather than a ‘sound like a wind’.
OK -- for some of you, it doesn’t look that bad. But one person in church wondered if I had a doctrinal axe to grind. And for the record, my point was simply that not everyone spoke in tongues that day -- a still valid point even if it was 120 speaking in other languages.
Either way, I’m not particularly looking for advice on Acts 1. [Another post if you want.]
Here is what I want: I want to know if you appreciate it when ministers apologise the following week if they were wrong about the text [or claimed too much].
- Would you appreciate that?
- Or would a clarification or apology detract something from the following week?
- Would you put a note in the Bulletin? Like ‘Corrections’ in a newspaper?
- Does an apology communicate something good [i.e. all of us have a ways to go when reading our Bible]?
- Or does it destroy trust?
- When is a blunder big enough to say something?
- What was the worst blunder you’ve heard? [Not a bad sermon, but an error in fact] But please don’t name names...
- Have you heard a preacher apologise?
- Have you apologised the next week [in a Bible study etc] for something similar?
I have shared my blunder. Please share your thoughts... but be gentle!