Preacher Boy

Thursday, July 5, 2007

I have nothing against the above phrase. I just prefer that it not be used in conjunction with my name. Here’s why:

When I was young(er) we had a book about a kid named Farmer Boy, or something like that. Whatever the case, the name of the book and picture on the front cover (a boy with a mildly bored expression leaning on two joyous calfs) seemed derogatory.

Over the years, I suppose the image of Farmer Boy has ruined any prospect I have of appreciating the term Preacher Boy. I, for example, do not chew on long pieces of straw. Never have.

Regardless of my likes and dislikes, I was blessed with the opportunity to preach last Sunday. The congregation was very kind; from their comments, one would never have known that I was green, as in inexperienced, young, and a little shaky behind the pulpit. I need to grab any chance I get to preach, though. Before too long, I’ll be the owner of the pulpit and be expected to know how to use it (Deo Volente).

5 Comments

  1. Wow, a few new posts in a short amount of time. ^^

    I think it’s because the word “boy” used in such a context is demeaning, as if the Farmer (or Preacher) is just a boy and not worth of the full term of Farmer (or Preacher).

  2. Wraith Daquell says:

    Yes, I decided to post on a (semi) regular schedule after being shamed by your frequent posting.

    I would agree that the term “boy” is demeaning. I mean… okay, I’m only a Sophomore in college, but I’m growing as fast as I can. 😛

  3. Ah, my frequent turned less-frequent posting. I used to post more regularly, but what with dashing to meet deadlines and procrastination in every possible form, I don’t manage that anymore. Every other day seems good enough for me.

    Well, they (whoever they are) usually term 18 as the divider between being a child (ie: boy) and adult (man). You have crossed that and therefore do not qualify for being a boy.

  4. Wraith Daquell says:

    Does this mean I can no longer go running through the house screaming at the top of my lungs for no reason whatsoever? :( 😛

  5. I suspect it does. It would not be that nice for the congregation to know that their “preacher boy” runs screaming through the house randomly, now would it? 😛

    You gain some, you lose some.

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