Showing posts from June, 2012

Preaching from a New Perspective

Yesterday I took another step on my journey.

On Friday morning, my friend Dave, who pastors the church Ashley and I attend, called and asked me if I would be willing to preach for him on Sunday. Dave and his wife Dana were headed to Mexico to celebrate their anniversary and the guy who was supposed to preach had to bail out for a last-minute emergency so Dave called me and just asked. No expectations.

I was supposed to be out of town this weekend but my trip was cancelled last minute - not the first time that God has done something huge in my life at a time I was supposed to be somewhere else. Sovereignty 101 - God is in control and His plans supersede mine. 

I have been asked to preach or consider preaching before Sunday. But up until this time, my immediate response has been no. I know my heart has not been ready and to be honest I do not want to jump back into the world of ministry.  But because of what God has been doing in my life in recent months in particular, I knew I needed …

Coming Out of the Closet

"Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, 'Where are you?'"  (Genesis 3:7-9).

Sin - Shame - Hiding.  It is a pattern that began in the Garden of Eden and continues today. Sin often leads to shame which inevitably results in hiding.  It is a cycle that is difficult to break and potentially crippling for a Jesus follower.  My wife and I have lived this cycle.  Our sin has generated a lot of shame in our lives which has caused us to hide in so many ways.

Who will we see? Who will see us? What will they say about me? What if they knew the whole story?  These type of self-imposed questions make you want to withdraw and hide.

How did you t…