I told this story in my message last Sunday: A pastor visited a couple at their home. They enjoyed good conversation and a wonderful dinner. When the pastor left, the wife turned to her husband and said, “He stole my good spoon.” “No, he didn’t,” her husband replied. The wife kept this to herself for the next year, until the pastor was able to join them again for dinner. As they took their seats to…..
Yea, Moses, just grab the next snake you see and wrap him around a pole. You might have to rip it from the heels of someone it just killed, but, you know, easy come easy go. That’s one of the texts I preached from yesterday. It would have been easier to skip it, but then Jesus had to refer back to it, like he wanted us to try make sense of it. In short, what I…..
Well, I have a heads up for the next time I preach about Jesus clearing the temple. I’m not quite sure what it is about that story, but I love it! This was my Sunday Facebook post: I’m always holding back the urge to flip over the tables in church and kick the offering plates. But on the Sunday we read about when Jesus did that, it almost feels like the right thing to do……
I’ve been preaching from the Psalms for the last couple of weeks. That’s always a bit of a challenge. Usually, you can retell a story of Jesus or explain something Paul was trying to say. With a psalm you have to pay closer attention to what the psalmist was feeling and what may have sparked the words s/he wrote. This week I tied some of the words from Psalm 22 to our ideas of success…..
Last year I made it a point to plan out my sermons for the entire year. It was difficult, but extremely beneficial. So much so that since around November I’ve anticipated getting to January so I can do it again. Call it good organization, being prepared or just hermeneutical nerdiness. It works for me now. If a sermon doesn’t connect to the spiritual life of the people who hear it, then what good is it…..