And Other Hints On How To Preach Great Sermons 52 Weeks A Year
1. Praying Monday Night
Often, if the sermon goes well, I come home Sunday afternoon all excited to start working on next Sunday's sermon immediately. At this point I impose a Sabbath rest. I have made it my practice not to think about the next Sunday's sermon until at least Monday evening. This gives a good solid break. As a Sabbath rest from sermon writing, it reminds me that my sermons are a God thing, and that I depend on God. At least one evening, and a continuous stretch off from doing anything with a sermon, will provide a good rebound and Sabbath time.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.