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Day 8, Random Blogging and Topical Sermons

Yesterday, as I began to write the daily blog I thought about how it parallels the same early discovery I had in ministry, that just about made me quit. Let me explain.

June 10, 2001, I was ordained to be a minister. I was excited to take on the challenge, the church that I served gave me the opportunity to be a college minister. I taught Sunday School, and prepared to start a ministry called, Campus. Basically, a weekly Bible Study that would gather the local college students from various churches to have a study. As it began to grow, I saw some of the early struggles of ministers. I was teaching on a weekly basis. Sounds pretty easy. It is if you have some direction or guide, but if you are winging it, it can be quite challenging for any superstar creative pastor.

The parallel is rather simple. Random blogging thus far has been quite easy, but now that I am starting into the daily ritual, I can see this to be quite the challenge for a 'novice' writer. I remember the joy of understanding Expository Preaching/Teaching, which saved my ministry. A logical progression through a book of the Bible, where the next passage or paragraph in the text would dictate what you would preach/teach for the next week. Drawing doctrinal, or application directly from the 'whole counsel of God' versus trying to 'creatively' come up with a sermon/teaching every week.

Blogging, needs some type of good lectionary 'type' guide for me. I know, Albert Mohler, uses the current events thought, ...who knows? I don't want to float to and fro from topic to topic. Yet, I don't know exactly where to begin.

I suppose I will give a variety of thoughts. Maybe, break out into series that would interest other people,...while trying to keep it to a 'Craven' kitchen table discussion.

Chasing Rabbits, (can you tell that I drove 6 hours to the Alps today), I can.

Comments

  1. How about just heartfelt thoughts from "the monkey trainer"?
    -Compare Christianity in Germany with that in the US.
    -Explain the Hebrew verbal system and discourse linguistics.
    -Tell the world how Jessica has turned you into a better man. Not that she had much work to do, because you were already awesome. :) Sarcasm
    -whatever you write I will read, and respond.

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