Dear Visitor,
I found this blog item especially amusing because one of my favorite speaking engagements was addressing 350 Seventh Day Adventist ministers. The article was written by one of the most prolific writers and brilliant minds I have met, freelance speech writer Hal Gordon. I first met Hal when we were seated next to each other at the speaker’s dinner prior to my first Ragan Speechwriters Conference. You can imagine my excitement when Hal told me he used to write for Colin Powell and Ed Meese. He is now a popular speaker at speechwriter events. Giving him full credit and attribution, as well as my utmost respect, I thought you would this excerpt.
-Patricia Fripp

Written by Hal Gordon

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal ran a front-page story on members of the clergy who buy sermons off the Internet. The Journal listed five websites that offer sermon ideas, and even entire transcripts, for modest fees. One of these sites, amusingly titled,, offered this comforting quote of the day from Henry David Thoreau: “Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life.” (more…)