as a pastor, there’s more to life, ministry, and leadership than preaching. my prayer is often, ‘God, let my life be the deepest sermon i ever teach.’ but let’s not lie, for the majority of churches and pastors, the preaching ministry has a critical value. it certainly does for me. i believe it to be both a gift and a passion.
through this blog, i hope to give folks (especially people that attend our church, Quest) an opportunity to share feedback, challenge the content, and ask questions) – all in hopes of deeper theological understanding that i pray, will compel us into deeper worship.
after beginning pastoral ministry at the age of 21, i’ve developed some thick skin. apart from my sensitivity with my pentecostal hands in preaching, i’m more than happy to engage your thoughts. another reason why i’m eager to share the occasional sermon reflection is to share any personal corrections and post-sermon convictions i have with folks. i do, however, wish, i was starting ‘monday sermon quarterback’ on another week. why?
last sunday’s sermon was a true stinker. i sincerely apologize to the 10am folks. i have my excuses but wow, it was a stinker.
post sermon thoughts: parenting is tough. it may be, in my opinion (along with marriage) one of the most difficult (and edifying) things we engage in. i was hoping to share both the sociological and biblical perspective about sin, parenthood, and children. simply, depravity (and beauty) is inherent in all children. sin is contagious. children don’t necessarily suffer ‘God’s wrath and judgement’ because of the sins of the parents. Despite Exodus 34:7 stating, “visiting the inequity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and fourth generation.” From a sociological perspective, i completely agree that our actions will influence our children and our children’s children (both good and bad). we can share statistics after statistics that corroborate that belief. from a biblical perspective, i was always disturbed by this passage (especially for my kids’ sake) but have since studied, read, and interpreted this passage to mean, both parents AND children that persist in their rebellion and sin will be judged. Now, this is the context of the OT and I believe in grace and Jesus and the redemptive power of God’s love, grace, and forgiveness. But, I also believe in the the consequences of our rebellion and sin.
Ezekiel 18:19 speaks to this situation: “the son shall not suffer for the inequity of the father, nor the father suffer for the inequity of the son…when the son has done what is lawful and right, and has been careful to observe my commandments, he shall surely live.”
so, may our lives as parents be reflective of God’s grace; let’s stop playing the victimization role and give our parents some slack, and finally, we need to teach and nuture our children to both love, fear, and rejoice in the Living God.