Two years ago today I began an experiment: could I improve my preaching by using the accountability tool of a public blog to force myself to think, read, evaluate and discuss preaching? What had always been stated by others to be a key strength of my ministry suddenly now was being strongly criticized by an organized group within the church. And while interviewing for a job to teach preaching at a Bible college, when I was asked what I had read recently on preaching, I was flummoxed. I really wasn’t reading regularly in the area of preaching at all. And I was embarrassed by that. (And while they offered me the job anyway, I didn’t take it.)
And so while at the Festival of Homiletics in Nashville in May 2007 (another effort to rejuvenate my preaching), I began this little effort. I didn’t know if it would last and it has been through various stresses. At times my blogging became sparse. At other times I was posting more than one post a day for months in a row. And while my focus is preaching, I have at times steered off on tangents.
Most recently my challenge has been that I am not preaching every week. And I miss that. But that doesn’t mean that it is not still one of my passions, that I won’t preach again nor that this can’t be a time to continue to lay groundwork for the future. So, I continue to read, to listen to sermons, to outline sermons, etc.
So, if you have walked with me through the past two years, thanks. Knowing that people are reading this is a HUGE motivator to keep it up, and to improve both the quality of my content and the quality of my writing. And if you are still with me, let’s continue to talk about preaching so that this important task of Christian ministry is improved, both in our lives, but also in the church as a whole.