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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Top 10 Rudest Things People Do in Church
Lots of things annoy us today. But we should be most concerned about what God considers rude.

It doesn't bother me anymore to hear a phone ringing during a church service. It's part of life in the 21st century. But I'll admit I was shocked last month when I heard a ringtone while I was preaching-and a woman seated in the third row pulled her phone out of her purse and began a lengthy conversation as if she were in the waiting room of a beauty parlor.

That incident prompted me to post a question on Facebook the next day. I asked my friends to share their own stories of rudeness in church. That triggered an avalanche of pent-up frustration about crinkly peppermint wrappers, loud music, smelly feet (yes, someone took off their shoes during the service), unruly children, coffee-sipping saints and parishioners who try to finish their pastors' sentences during sermons.

When I tallied the responses, I came up with this list of the rudest things people do in church:

1. Talking during a service.

2. Texting or surfing the web during a service. (One person mentioned seeing people playing video games on their phones.)

3. Sleeping-or snoring!-during a sermon.

4. Clipping fingernails during church. (I was amazed at how many people listed this offense. One person said his church's sound technician clipped his nails routinely during the sermon, and it was amplified over the loud speaker.)

5. Answering a ringing phone in church.

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