We’ve been reading ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ with our son over the past little while. Here’s an excerpt that made me smile …

[context: a description of a church service in Tom’s town]

After the hymn had been sung, the Rev. Mr. Sprague turned himself into a bulletin board and read off “notices” of meetings and societies and things till it seemed that the list would stretch out to the crack of doom–a queer custom which is still kept up in America, even in cities, away here in this age of abundant newspapers. Often the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.     (Mark Twain, 1876)

Often the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.

aaaand scene.

4 thoughts on “A word to church leaders from Mark Twain.

  1. @abbye: it’s already in the meeting notes… ;)@kim: and with this post we are inducting you into our, “association for the abolition of senseless drivel and promotion of congregational literacy council.”or, the…. “aftaosdapoclc”. you can be on the board if you like. because we really like you. ;)

  2. lol…. cursed announcements!!!! this is the second mark twain quote today that has compelled me to write a comment. i think i need to inject a little more of his brilliance in my reading life. :)

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