Krispy Kreme Flavored Sarcasm = Trouble: Pastoral Redemptions

Krispy Kreme doughnuts are delicious! They also make for a great youth ministry sermon illustration. The trick is, knowing where to find the Krispy Kreme doughnut shop.

In 2004 I was a Summer Youth Minister for a church just north of Charlotte, North Carolina. It was an exciting time, and I wanted to make a good impression with my first sermon for the youth. In other words, it was time to borrow my friend Jeff Prosser’s Krispy Kreme doughnut sermon.

The gist of the message is that you use Krispy Kreme’s mission statement and illustrate the importance of intentional living for Christ. Furthermore, you can use the doughnuts themselves as an illustration to “Taste and see that God is good” as stated in Psalm 34:8.  It is a fun sermon and at the close of it, everyone gets to celebrate with a delicious doughnut. My problem was finding the store’s location.

Not being from North Carolina I had to use MapQuest to print-off directions. Yes, during this time I also used dial-up for the internet and would print off my directions. The iPhone and other smartphones would not be released for another three years.

Finally, with my directions literally in hand, I headed off to the next town where the nearest Krispy Kreme was located. I figured this trip will make for a great adventure. Indeed it did.

Trusting my paper made directions they humorously led me to the 18th hole of a golf course with no Krispy Kreme in-sight. Thankfully there was a nearby drugstore that I thought could help.

Once inside I asked the store associates for directions to the Krispy Kreme. As they provided their assistance it was clear that the doughnut shop was on the other end of town. MapQuest was way off, and the employees struggled to provide clear directions too. After a few attempts, they differed to a customer for better assistance.

The customer – who was in street clothes – was introduced to me when the store associate said, “She can help, she knows these streets well as she is a police officer.” She was in street clothes indicating she was off duty.

Once our introduction concluded my sarcastic mouth spoke before I could stop it. I said, “Oh you’re a police officer. Then you MUST know where the Krispy Kreme is located!” Continue reading “Krispy Kreme Flavored Sarcasm = Trouble: Pastoral Redemptions”

Appreciating Creation Over Destruction

Creation and creating is a beautiful thing. No matter if it’s a work we create from something, or if it is something God creates from nothing. The latter of course is something we can’t do, but can greatly appreciate. Be it a storm on the water, a flower in the grass, or the conception of a new human being, creation and life is something to be admired. However, something so awe inspiring can be destroyed so quickly if not protected. Take the two sandcastles pictured in this article for example.

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Recently while I was reading on the beach a family next to me decided to build not one, but two sand castles. It was fun watching the conception from their young son who began building his two masterpieces. Enthusiastically he would load his sand into the buckets making sure his parents were involved. He would also correct them if they strayed from his grand design. His goal was to keep anything from killing his creation and his enthusiasm. The boy even made sure I noticed his sandcastles, I did appreciate. I would appreciate them even more than I thought I would.

This is because as I finished reading my book late into the afternoon I was not yet ready to leave the beach. So I took time to appreciate the scenery. This of course included his two sandcastles he had built and left behind. The boy’s simple creations made me smile as I thought about how he worked joyfully in their creation. However, the joy I shared with him would be met with concern. Continue reading “Appreciating Creation Over Destruction”