I admit that I love my vacations but give me a week off and I'm dying to get back in the pulpit. Tonight, I downloaded a sermon mp3 from Southland and listened as I cut the grass. The longer I listened the more excited I became.
Over the years I've become a student of preachin and therefore enjoy listening to other communicators, reading books on preaching [I'm getting ready to read Andy Stanley's new one] .
All that being said, I had a rather unusual thought cross my mind today. I was struggling to find direction with Sunday's message and the thought came to me, "Chad, you don't have a clue what in the world you're doing!" And I had to agree with myself. I don't really know what I'm doing but I've become thoroughly convinced over the last six years of preaching that God does. There's this Tomlin song we sing at Antioch that says, "...you use to weak to lead the strong." Many Sundays I can hardly sing that part without welling up with emotion as I resonate those words. God has been so faithful to give me His message to share on a weekly basis. It's the greatest feeling in the world to wrestle with a Biblical text all week and then share what you feel like God has asked you to share. I love what I do! See you in church.
Note: If you're a preacher, I recommend Brian Jones' blog, Speaking Out of Turn. He is taking a new direction that will focus on preaching and worship. Check it out here.