Bible Leads: Luke 24:44-53 Ascension Sunday

Bible Leads is a rendering of my sermon preparation: researching facts & cross-references, drawing up connections through personal experiences, art and music and discerning the essence of the text. TEXT Luke 24:44-53 Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the … Continue reading Bible Leads: Luke 24:44-53 Ascension Sunday

Saturday Night, 12 hours From the Pulpit

Leading worship has become one humiliation after another. From trying to avoid critical people to trying to remember everyone’s name to remembering all the things you forgot to trying to get kids to think I’m cool (didn’t I fail at that enough in high school) to bearing one’s soul again as the clock shouts “Too Long” to realizing you messed up the bulletin to making … Continue reading Saturday Night, 12 hours From the Pulpit

Designing Worship: Sensing the Gaps-Coursera Lessons for the Church

What’s a Mediocre Preacher to Do? I am taking an online course called “Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society“.  It is being shared by the University of Pennsylvania through Coursera: an online education clearinghouse.  I am taking this course to help me better design worship.  I am not that good of a preacher-I tend to be boring.  If the Mountaineers play late, I know that … Continue reading Designing Worship: Sensing the Gaps-Coursera Lessons for the Church

Right Now, A Lot of Pastors are Writing ‘Last Sermons’

It is the night before the last Sunday in June.  For United Methodists that means ‘time to itinerate’.  Many churches across the connection are gearing up to say good-bye to their current pastors, even as they are anticipating the arrival of their new pastor.  Clergy are writing last sermons.  I am one of those clergy, as is my lovely wife.  At the end of what … Continue reading Right Now, A Lot of Pastors are Writing ‘Last Sermons’