Two days ago (if I’ve understood the schedule correctly – update: I haven’t understood correctly – it’s actually Aug 1), Pastor Meyer began the next phase of his ministerial career by becoming a pastor at Bethlehem. It’s well known that Pastors get lots of advice from church members. Let it begin with me.

One of the Meyer quotes posted at my other blog in May was the following:

[My wife and I] played another funny game, that we don’t do as much now that I’ve made it a sermon illustration, but, we used to say, “I love you” and then with that sparkle in the eye for the other person we’d say, “Oh I love you more” and then it’s like, “Okay, you want to play it that way? Game on, I love you ten times more””Oh, I love you a hundred times more.” “I love you a billion times more!””I love you infinity” And you had to stop. You can’t pull a Buzz Lightyear and say “Infinity and Beyond”. You can’t say, “I love you infinity times ten” It’s not romantic, it’s just bad math!

Now, I’ve already chided one Bethlehem pastor about a mathematical error, but it looks like I’m going to have to do it again. Pastor Jason, research is half of sermon writing! Only a cursory glance at the appropriate Wikipedia page would be sufficient in understanding that there is infinity and then there is infinity, to wit: There are more real numbers than there are integers.

So here’s this week’s tip:

Dads, if your wife ever says, “I love you infinity” in the “How Much I Love You” contest, don’t hang your head in shame, as if beaten. Rather, say, “I love you REAL NUMBER infinity!”

You win!