Noble includes this fairly typical exclamation in his notes tonight:
The last thing I want to be is a “normal” pastor who leads a “normal” church full of “normal” people! “Normal” sucks!
Not to get all OED on him, but I think he means average, not normal.
Normal means what’s right. Its root is norm, which comes from the Latin for a carpenter’s square. Webster’s defines normal as “according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle.”
The Bible is the norm against which all things are measured. ALL churches should be normal.
It’s the abnormal ones that we should worry about.