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…..
We’ve all been told, and you may even believe that it is better to give than it is to receive. That’s what we know. That’s what we say. Quite often, however, what we know and say does not match what we do. Consequently, we have a church full of people who don’t know the true joy of giving the way God shows us is better. Oh sure, we may give our donation (I dislike that…..
If it were at all possible to fall asleep during your own sermon, anyone at my church would have found out this past weekend. Our family celebrated a birthday with a big party Saturday night, and I was beyond beat by Sunday morning. Still, I preach, therefore, I am. So, tired eyes and all, I preached. This was a great Sunday for our church. For one thing, we had 100 people in attendance, which is…..
You know it’s a good Sunday in church when you’re able to tie the reading of Jesus’ Ascension to the first five Rocky movies. Yea, some days are just that good. I think I finally realized why the Ascension is mostly ignored. Oh, like you remembered it is the Sunday before Pentecost? Oh, like you remembered it’s actually the Thursday before the Sunday before Pentecost? We like the cross and the empty tomb. Those are…..