Instead of learning a lot at Catalyst West this week like I'd hoped to be doing, I'm at home with some sort of cold/flu thing…a ball of congestion and scratchiness.
That gives me a chance to ponder some things. Here's what I'm thinking about on this cloudy, but adequate Southern California day:
- Doctrine is more important and relevant than people often think.
- The Bible has never been more relevant.
- I'm finishing up Frank Honeycutt's, The Truth Shall Make You Odd. What an enjoyable book! Here's something I read this morning I'm chewing on, "Praise can be a deceptive cousin to criticism; neither is a consistent indicator by which to evaluate pastoral efficacy."
- Here's another in the book, a quote from Dallas Willard, "One of the greatest weaknesses in our teaching and leadership today is that we spend so much time trying to get people to do things good people are supposed to do, without changing what they really believe."
- I'm also reading a book few out there have probably read but is rocking my world, Spirit-Empowered Preaching, by Arturo Azurdia. It's as good of a concrete explanation of the Spirit's work in the ministry of the preacher that still allows for mystery.
- It's also the first non E-book I've read in a while and I still enjoy old-school reading.
- Proper planning may be the most important secular weapon a preacher has at their disposal.
- All food tastes bland or bad when you're sick. Taste is one of God's more unsung blessings.
- There are generally three kinds of atheists in today's world: one who doesn't believe because of science, another who doesn't believe because of philosophical/existential reasons, the other actually does believe but is in rebellion because of who they think God and His people are.
- For all of the whining some elites do about contemporary hymns…I believe some really good ones are being written today. One example would be, "Blessed Be Your Name," by Matt Redman.
- For all the whining some of today's contemporaries do about the old hymns, they still amaze. Horation Spafford's, It is Well With My Soul will thunder until the Lord's return.
- According to CCLI, the five most frequently used songs in contemporary worship today are: Mighty to Save, How Great is our God, Blessed be Your Name, Everlasting God, and Revelation Song. I'm good with that. I think it's hard to make the case that today's hymns are humanistic or shallow. I believe simple, but powerful articulations of Christian doctrine and faith is a better description.
- The single most overrated and irrelevant element of a church's health and growth is what the Pastor wears.
Feel free to respond to any or all of this. Or…simply enjoy a healthy day.