Clergy Confetti?

priest with brightly colored bacground

In my work as an editor, I continue to collect editorial bloopers. The following sentence appeared in an article that encouraged VBS leaders to make program adjustments for students who have special needs/sensitivities: “A big opening VBS ceremony with flashing lights, loud music, and a confetti canon might sound like a great idea, but how will that affect those kids…

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A Major Sacrifice

smouldering fire

“This devotional for teens . . . provides a strong visual demonstration of what it means to offer their lives as a burnt offering to God.” [We know what that is supposed to mean, but it would be better not to read so much like human sacrifice.] “It is Jesus who gives his life for the sheep on the cross.”…

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And a Moo Goo Gai Pan to Go

Chinese dumplings

Two bloopers I found while editing sort of pay tribute to Chinese restaurants. “During the ’70s, irresponsible Hollywood moviemakers coerced the people of earth into participating regularly in wonton fear.” “Wasn’t Jesus worried that she would go back to her wonton ways and waste his good efforts?” Both of these writers intended to say wanton. But it’s OK. We’re happy…

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Easy Does It!

That’s my title for this pair of “painful” editorial bloopers that were in kids’ Sunday school lessons. How about this: “Pass papers into the leader and have him read them.” [Ouch! Let’s pass our papers TO, not INTO, the leader.] Then there’s this one: “Keep your hands and feet on your own body unless you have permission to do otherwise.”…

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The Great Flood—Fact or Fiction?

the ark at Ark Encounter

Some editorial bloopers in Sunday school curriculum conjure up funny images about Noah’s ark and the great flood. For example, “The Bible tells us that Noah and his family had been floating safe in the ark.” How about: “Noah was willing to follow God’s commands, and he and his family were saved from the great flood in the ark.” Maybe…

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