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…..
I’m grateful for my time at Perkins. Of all that I studied in seminary, most valuable was learning how much I had been relying on my personality in ministry. Before, I don’t think I was challenging people to live faithfully; I was getting by on being energetic and having a big mouth. Perkins prepared me to move beyond my comfort level as a leader and use other gifts I have to serve the church. Yes, seminary ruined…..
Gifts abound! The holiday season often equates to a gift-giving frenzy. We like recieving gifts from family, friends, church family, coworkers and neighbors. Until we don’t. If you’ve ever recieved what some might call a bad gift, you know what I’m talking about. It’s Christmas; so, we don’t want to be rude. That’s why I’ve compiled the top 10 things to say when we receive a not-so-good gift: 10: Oh, that’s unique. 9: I’ve never…..