Editor’s note: Tomorrow, EthicsDaily.com will carry Ruffin’s column on what people don’t mean when they say, “I enjoyed that sermon.”
Below are the top 10 things people really mean when they say, “I enjoyed that sermon.”

10. “I liked that joke.”

9. “I liked your informal delivery; it was almost like you had done no preparation at all.”

8. “Thank you for affirming my preconceived notions on that subject.”

7. “I appreciate you not saying anything that had anything to do with me.”

6. “Now that’s entertainment!”

5. “Thank you for not keeping us here past noon.”

4. “I didn’t understand a word you said.”

3. “If you were a real preacher, you’d give us three or seven or nine ways to do – well, something.”

2. “Just because Jesus suffered and died and said we were to take up our cross, deny ourselves and follow him doesn’t mean that you have to talk about it every Sunday.”

1. “Clearly, I wasn’t listening.”

MichaelRuffin is pastor of First Baptist Church in Fitzgerald, Ga. He blogs at On the Jericho Road.

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