A Call for Reverend Jimmy

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#289: “A Call for Reverend Jimmy”
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Isaiah 30:21

21Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."

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A Call for Reverend Jimmy

“A Call for Reverend Jimmy” is episode #289 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written by Marshal Younger, and originally aired on November 19, 1994.


Donna Barclay is annoyed to find herself a source for sermon illustrations, and her brother, Jimmy, wonders if God may be calling him to the ministry.


After one of George Barclay’s sermons one Sunday morning, one of the church members plants the idea in Jimmy’s head that he should become a pastor. Jimmy is intrigued by the idea. When his father asks him to teach a Sunday school class, and Lawrence Hodges tells him he handled a crisis with Donna just like his father would, Jimmy begins to take the idea seriously.

Meanwhile, Donna is getting mad. Her dad keeps using stories about her in his sermons. The stories are humorous and good illustrations, but they are embarrassing to Donna — especially one where George describes how Donna made goo-goo eyes at a boy during an awards ceremony the family attended for Jimmy. Donna is irate.

Jimmy joins Donna’s foul mood when his Sunday school teaching experience is terrible. He is so boring that the kids practically walk out on him during the class.

Later, George and Mary counsel their children. Jimmy realizes that he doesn’t really want to be a preacher, and George apologizes to Donna for using her so often as a sermon illustration. He promises to ask permission before he tells stories about her in the future. It’s not easy being a preacher’s kid.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why did Jimmy think he’d make a good preacher?
  2. Why did Donna have a problem with George’s stories about her?
  3. What do you think God wants you to do with your life?
    • What’s the best way to find out?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Donna Barclay Azure Janosky
George Barclay Chuck Bolte
Jack Davis Donald Long
Ms. Jeffries Cheryl Anderson
Jimmy Barclay David Griffin
Lawrence Hodges Gabriel Encarnacion
Mary Barclay Carol Bilger

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Stewart Reed Barclay Mary Barclay




Lawrence Hodges: I changed the letters in your Dad’s name on the sign out front of the church. Now it says, "Preaching this Sunday: Large Rag Boy."

Jimmy Barclay: Great! Now what do you want me to do, Lawrence?
Lawrence Hodges: I think you should wear a bow tie.
Jimmy Barclay: I'll look like my dad. He's a pastor.