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Tact

The new minister’s family was presented with a pie baked by a congregational member who was a rather poor cook. The pie was inedible, so the minister’s wife reluctantly threw it into the garbage. The preacher was faced with the problem of thanking the baker and at the same time being truthful. After much thought, he sent the following note: “Thank you for being so kind and thoughtful. I can assure you that a pie like yours never lasts long at our house.” ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

Tact

An English Puritan, Quire Bruen, was at a dinner given by the sheriff, and a toast to the prince was proposed. As the cup of wine was passed along the line, they looked to see what the Puritan would do. He said, “You may drink to his health, and I will pray for his health,” and so passed the cup. ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching