As soon as the words came out of my mouth... something just didn't feel right. It was the way I'd always heard it, the source to which the immortal words had always been referenced. Still...
So this afternoon I powered-up the laptop and went to that all-knowing source of knowledge- Google-... about five hours too late! "How do I love thee, let me count the ways..." No, not Shakespeare, but Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Ouch!
The last time I made a mistake of this magnitude was when I credited Kenny Rodgers with "O Lord It's Hard to Be Humble." "It was Mac Davis, not Kenny Rodgers" I was told after the service- by a friend of mine and a fan of Mac's.
I try to get things "right" when I'm preaching. I don't want my mistakes to become distractions that keep someone's attention away from the message.
But, to counter Mac Davis, "I'm most definitely not perfect in every way." From time to time I'm going to make factual mistakes, every now and again I'll do harm to the Queen's English, and sometimes I may not find the best interpretation.
Remember, preaching is a two-way street. Let me know what you hear, when I mess-it-up, or when I get it wrong. Just be gentle...please.