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On Being a Hot-Fudge-Sunday Church Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21

There is an old Southern gospel song "There Ain''t No Middle Ground." It is time the church gave up trying to find safety in big middles and risked ministry on the edges.

In 1890, a Wisconsin merchant named Smithson came up with a creative way to cope with his Sunday afternoon shortages of ice cream. With no Sunday deliveries but with crowds of people with a welcome day off wanting ice cream, he thought of a way to stretch his supply. He began cutting back on the amount of ice cream he scooped and added toppings of chocolate sauce or fruit syrups instead.

These Sunday creations became all the rage. Soon "Sundays" were being requested every day of the week. Not until some sensitive souls complained about using the name of the Sabbath for a sweet treat did Smithson change the spelling of his delicious invention to "sundae."

Who doesn't enjoy a good hot fudge sundae -- on any day of the week? The warm sauce coats the cold ice cream and melts it just enough to make a creamy-fudgy slick around the dish. What's more, you can rationalize eating hot fudge sundaes in January because of that warm topping just as easily as you can rationalize eating them in...

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