Sunday Debrief: Making Time for the Father (11/3/13)

Nobody likes a poser but we all try to be one. And if we’re not careful, we’ll never be exposed. 

I wonder how many people would short-circuit spiritual growth if they knew they’d never be caught. We know that in many industries people do the exact same thing to proposer in their job, though we get angrier if they choose to do it in certain sports (like baseball). I couldn’t even escape the idea of cheating on the job while watching a movie with my kids on Friday. The whole storyline of Monster’s Inc. actually begins because a certain, slimy Randall Boggs cheats by padding his scream stats after closing hours. No, nobody likes a poser but we all try to be one. 

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(Was Barry Bonds a cheater? Only the court of public opinion has ruled; but it was cool to see this at Cooperstown).

In Matthew 6 Jesus reminds us of what is most important when we are considering our own pursuit of the spiritual life. It’s not that we are seen, how we are seen, or that we demonstrate it all publicly. No, what matters most is a life that pursues God in secret. Yet this is the hardest to actually show because it requires a deep love and desire to know (and be with) God when no one else is looking. . .

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Sunday Debrief: I am a Member (8/18/13) (or, The Show Goes On)

It happened again. Another Sunday where I realized how unneeded I was (there are many). As you may (or may not) know, Courtney delivered Abram Alexander on Monday. Now, I’m one for preaching every Sunday I’m given, so I asked Courtney if she’d let me preach the Sunday after his delivery. She said “yes” (it was almost as exciting as the day we got engaged). I let the big dawg know (who some call Kevin McKee), and he kindly suggested I take that Sunday off.

I fought it at first, then thought it might be good to remind myself how I’m not in this thing for me, so I tapped Corey O’Quin, our Community Groups Guru, to preach the sermon since it was right up his alley (talking about being members together in the body), and he did a great job! I took him to a long lunch afterward to talk about all kinds of things, and the bulk of my comments were on delivery, not content. (Hey, you don’t win “Best Male Actor” in 8th grade without learning a thing or–no, just one thing–about communicating.)

1 Corinthians 12 teaches us the value of being members together in the body (and we will talk further about our giftedness next Sunday)–that Jesus is doing a work bigger than we can imagine when He calls us together in His Body. We ended with this great testimony of a young member of our congregation finding a way she can put her membership in Christ’s body on display in a beautiful way.

(Untitled from The Chapel on Vimeo.)

You know, though, as great as Corey was (and he did do a wonderful job), I come away realizing a few things about my own replaceability. So, without further ado, here are my three thoughts about being disposable in ministry.

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Sunday Debrief: I am in Christ (8/11/13) (or, welcome to the world, Abram!)

Ok, I’ll be honest. It’s been a little bit of a distracting week, so this is almost one week late. Monday morning we welcomed Abram Alexander to the Googer family, forever tipping the scales in favor of the Y-chromosome. 

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So preach on Sunday, baby on Monday. With Asher it was baby on Thursday, preach on Sunday. With Ethan it was baby on Monday, preach five weeks later as a filler for a vacationing Kevin (pulpit supply is a viable ministry!).

So this past Sunday began our new Who Am I? series–eleven weeks focusing in on issues of our own identity in Jesus, and (some of) the central truths that we wanted to focus on for our specific congregation, and being “in Christ” is, to me, the central truth from which all others flow. . .

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Sunday Debrief: Clash of Values (7/7/13)

Have you ever thought about how many careers exist in our world because sin exists? I’ve recently been able to give it more thought than usual as I prepared to preach this Sunday from Acts 19. A quick summary of the passage: Paul preached in Ephesus, people were coming to faith in Jesus, and other people were getting annoyed. Enter Demetrius–a man who made a significant amount of money making idols for people to purchase. Needless to say, some people’s newfound faith in Jesus started to shrink the pocket of our friend Demy (what I affectionately call him).

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The Temple of Artemis isn’t as nice-looking now

There were really two big points from today. . .

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Sunday Debrief: Everybody Responds to Jesus (6/9/13)

This morning we looked at Acts 17:1-15 as Paul traveled to Thessalonica and Berea during part of his second missionary journey. As he preached, the Jewish Thessalonians responded negatively to Jesus, and the Bereans responded positively.

What became abundantly clear from this morning’s worship and our time together in the passage is this: everybody responds to Jesus.

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