Well, I’ve thought many times that I should just shut down this blog. I don’t ever update it (my last post was June 2). But someone sent me a message suggesting I need to update. So, here I am. No promises that I will stick around though.
I’m learning more and more that preaching is not about me, my well-crafted sermons, or my eloquent speech. It is actually up for debate if I possess the last two. All preachers have sermons that think are duds. We realize it as we are speaking. But then something happens to remind us that the Spirit moves through the sermon. It is the Spirit that works. And quite often He does his best work through duds.
This past Sunday I preached what I thought was a real dud. I kept thinking, “This is going nowhere fast.” But then someone comes forward with tears in their eyes. They ask for prayers. And then they look at me and say, “Your message was powerful and well timed. Thank you.”
It is in our weakness that God truly shows his strength.
I’ve been preparing for the Great Communion. On October 4th, our church will join in worship with three other churches in town: West Lafayette Christian Church, First Christian Church, and Crossroads Christian Church. We will worship together, blending our different traditions, and we will break bread together as a sign of unity. This is an event that will celebrate the 200 year anniversary of Thomas Campbell’s document, Declaration and Address.
I believe this will be a powerful time of worship, and I’m truly thankful that Elmwood has a group of Shepherds that can see the benefit of such a gathering. If you are in the Lafayette area join us on October 4th, 11am, at the Harrison High School auditorium.
Final bit of news… Still waiting on Baby Kerrigan #2. He is past his due date, and his big brother is ready to finally meet the baby that has been kicking his mom.