- Google+ seems headed toward a boomerang effect after it’s meteoric rise. My own take: it doesn’t integrate well with where people spend most of their social time– Twitter and Facebook. They would have been better off taking the customer-based approach of building G+ as a platform for sharing on Facebook and Twitter…then made their move later. They chose to go stingy.
- I made a vow when I accepted God’s call to the pulpit that I would never preach ill-prepared. I told myself I would get someone to take my place that Sunday rather than “wing it.” I’m proud of keeping that promise thus far. I’ve pulled the emergency chord twice in 12 years of preaching–for the birth of 2 of my three kids. I’m really glad I did. There have been some weeks where I would have loved to have had a couple more hours to prepare…but I’ve never felt as though the sermon was served raw with altogether inadequate cooking. I hope I can retire with that promise intact if at all possible. Please note: Adequate preparation does not insure an effective sermon, however 🙂 It only ensures you’ve honored God by honoring His Word in that way.
- The NCAA Tournament is underway. I’m in three bracket contests. I picked the same Final Four in all 3: Duke, Michigan State, Syracuse, North Carolina. In the end: Coach K. cuts down another net to add to his venerable collection. Duke wins…in Carolina’s face.
- Listened to a free preaching seminar hosted by a new preaching coaching/resource service: Preaching Rocket. Perry Noble, Jud Wilhite, Andy Stanley, and Jeff Foxworthy talked about various aspects of preaching and communication. It was really good. Check out the one dollar trial of preachingrocket.com .
- Is nothing sacred? How could the Lakers trade Derek Fisher? What’s next? Will the Colts let Peyton Manning go? 🙂
- I agree with Scot McKnight who tweeted some time ago his surprise that N.T. Wright’s new translation of the New Testament has gotten so little coverage out there. Usually, what Wright has for breakfast goes viral. I’ve found it a refreshing read devotionally…though I’m not likely to use it for preaching–as no one else has it.
- On the blog front, I’m honored by the syndication of selected posts by ChurchLeaders.com and ChurchExecutive.com (for whom I am becoming a featured blogger–providing some unique content). It’s a blessing to partner with them. Both are blogs/sites I follow and would encourage you to do the same. ChurchLeaders.com is somewhat like a Drudge Report or Huffington Post for ministry. Church Executive Magazine targets executive ministers and Senior Pastors of churches 1000+ in attendance, but is a great read for anyone interested in that important facet of church life.
- When I was an undergraduate student, I overheard one of my classmates say to the assistant in the Religion Division at Pepperdine, “I haven’t really studied that much. But, I prayed God would help me get a good grade on the Final. Do you think I’ll do OK on Dr. So-and-so’s Final?” The assistant (a devout Christian woman), said, “My experience over the years has been that God helps those who prepare well.” True, I’ve experienced God’s miraculous provision in the pulpit to various extents–but those words stuck with me. The Holy Spirit is many things–our escape from slothful preparation isn’t one of them.
- Favorite video of the week: We have a new world record for the paper airplane toss/flight. This will never be broken! Joe Ayoob throws a John Collins design, officially breaking the world record by 19 feet, 6 inches. The new world record, once verified by Guinness, will be 226 feet, 10 inches. One cannot help but be inspired by this…at least those of us who have ever shaped and given air to a paper airplane 😉 Aim high.
What’s on your mind this Friday?