Monday, October 8, 2018

Sermon: "Relational Gratitude", Job 1:1, 2:1-10/Hebrews 2:5-12 (October 7, 2018)


Sermon video here.


Before I begin today, I must confess that the excitement of preaching this week has been eclipsed for me by another even more exciting, more personal event. You see, tomorrow is my first wedding anniversary, and as we all know, it’s smooth sailing after the first year, so I’m pumped. In all seriousness, though, this week has been a flood of memories for me, since the week leading up to the big day were filled with last-minute on-site details (because I had done a bulk of the planning from well over 2000 miles away). And I know that there will be even more memories in the coming days, as I relive the ceremony, the reception, and of course, the most important part. You know what I’m talking about.
The thank you notes.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Worst Group Project EVER

I realized this week that writing a sermon feels like a nightmare group project with myself.

--Student 1 is in charge of the research, but she just wants to skim everything and get it over with.

--Student 2 is in charge of taking notes, but doesn't really care if the order is helpful at all--she just slaps them down on the paper willy-nilly.

--Student 3 has to come up with some sort of outline or structure. She's probably the most helpful member of the team, but resents everyone else's laziness.

--Student 4 is the one who writes the sermon. She's the type A classmate who keeps working on the project until the absolute last minute because she's trying to make it perfect and fix everyone else's mistakes. She thinks she's the most important member of the team, but everyone else is SO OVER IT.

--Student 5 is the diva who finally shows up just in time to make the presentation, gets the credit and everyone else agrees is the literal worst.