Day: December 14, 2012

Good preacher = man of God

Pastoral visits teach you all sorts of lessons. For example, a great grandmother whom I visited this week taught be how to “measure” your recall. You know what it’s like. You’re looking for that word — or worse, the name of the person you’re speaking to! — and it simply escapes you. The gracious 85-year-old whom I anointed this week suffers from this all the time. She suggested to her granddaughter, who is a neurologist, that perhaps she’s getting Alzheimer’s. Her grandaughter replied with a simple test: relax and do other things; if whatever you’re trying to remember doesn’t occur to you by 10am the following day, then you’ve got a problem. I’ve since applied this test myself. It works! To that end, there was an article somewhere on the Internet which I wanted to engage in my earlier post on preaching. I couldn’t remember it then, but I remember it now. A sermon is not entertainment, nor a dump of information about God, nor a theological lecture. It is an encounter with the living God, and a preacher can fulfill his vocation well only if he knows that God. It’s worth reading all of it, and the comments too: A Man of God, by Peter J....

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Amusing waste of time

Here’s something for dog lovers. I love it. Maybe because I’ve got Irish in me. (H/T Julie Pearce.) And here’s something for cat lovers. I love this too. Maybe because I’m a...

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