Friday, October 29, 2010

This is where it all comes together

I am in Border's this morning. I came to pick up a couple books I need for a sermon series I am preaching next year. After I got the books, I sat down with a cup of coffee and opened up my laptop.

I got a little work done and now am getting ready to read a little bit.
This is such a great feeling. The peace that I feel in this building is amazing to me today. I find myself in a place where I can read and not be distracted by the office phone or by something else on a never ending to do list.

Here I can enjoy my coffee and read whatever it is I may have to read and simply enjoy the written word. In many ways borders is acting in the same way the beach often does...a place of connection with God. A connection I so desperately need today.

Today as I open my book and read about The Good News about the end of Christian America I am at peace and pray for the Spirit to fill me and I pray that you also can feel that peace in your life.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Walking a Tight Rope

As a pastor begins to prepare a sermon he/she may spend lots of time not only looking at and studying the scripture but also the congregation in which the message will be delivered, or at least I do.

I also spend a bit of time TRYING to ensure I am not using the pulpit as my own personal bully pulpit. I try to make sure that I find that place where God, Scripture, the people, and myself all meet.

But sometimes it is hard....often times one piece of this formula may be out of whack or may be flaring up....It could be an issue in the congregation or perhaps in my own life. the scripture for the week may be telling me something different than it was when I laid out the idea of the sermon months prior.

So at times I feel as if I am walking a tightrope...but I guess the question I am wrestling with today is that always the best thing to do.. Is there times when I need to get off that tightrope and deal with the repercussions of that if and when they happen.

I think the one constant that I need to keep looking for is God....If I see God leading me in the situation I need to follow whether it is a change of focus in the scripture or something in the congregation or even in my own life.

But the tightrope keeps calling me back...