The parable of the ducks


On a balmy Sunday morning in the land of the ducks, all the ducks awoke, preened their feathers, and waddled to church. When they had found their respective pews and squatted down, their duck minister waddled arduously to the pulpit. Opening the duck Bible, he turned to the place where it spoke of God’s great gift to ducks — wings.

“With wings,” the duck preacher orated, “you ducks can fly. You can mount up like eagles and soar to the heavens. You can know your freedom from the confinement of pens and fences. You must give thanks to God for so great a gift as wings.”

All the ducks in the congregation heartily agreed, shouting, “AMEN!”

Then they all went home…

…waddling.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. — James 1:22

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

5 Responses to The parable of the ducks

  1. Ha! Great illustration. Thank you for sharing it.

  2. Grammy says:

    You have to trust what you can’t see–the wind–to fly. Guess that is one reason ducks waddle.

  3. Joanna says:

    The duck preacher along with the duck deacons and duck sunday school teachers and the duck committee leaders quack loudly and frequently about: 1) the good gifts God has given to the ducks, 2) how the ducks should thank God for the gifts 3) what the ducks are able to do with the gifts but they don’t really advocate that the flock actually uses the gifts for anything but service in the aviery’s programs. 🙂

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