Part two of a little mini series meant to prepare us to think this fall about how we would be a church oriented around our Common Life — a shared rule of life we are taking on in the coming liturgical year.
How much fun to have my friend, and first guest, J.R. Briggs be the first repeat guest on Sermonsmith. J.R. shared what he has been learning about sermon prep from the writings of one of the most famous of history’s preachers: Charles Spurgeon.
“I heard birdsong for the first time in years. Well, of course, I had always heard it, but it had been so long since I listened.”
So many articles have been written on unhealthy habits of online living and social media. Somehow, though, this one seems a little more true. Maybe I was more due for it. Maybe we all are.
Last week, working alongside the Sidedoor Studio, we launched this new website for the San Francisco Education Fund. There’s a lot of satisfaction that comes when a new website goes live, especially when it is for an organization like this that is offering so much to the common good. I hope it serves them well for years to come.
Some sermons feel like they are more fun than others. Some feel like they are more important than others. This one felt like both.
One of my favorite parts of doing Sermonsmith interviews is how rapport quickly comes with someone I don’t know when we talk about a shared passion. I certainly felt that in this interview with Jeremy. Our processes don’t look much alike, but our hearts align.
A little behind on posting this, but we wrapped up our summer in the parables with the one that gave us our name. We talk about this parable often in other settings, but I was surprised to discover this was the first time we’d covered it since starting our weekly liturgy.