This week I am preaching on the triumphal entry. This is the part of the biblical narrative where Jesus rides a donkey, or colt into Jerusalem. In my sermon prep and research for this week, I have been struck by the the disconnect between the way we celebrate rockstars vs the people who are fighting for social change in the trenches every day.
This week I think part of the sermon is going to allude to the way that we fall all over ourselves for people who make music, art or other forms of creative expressions as if they are on a wonderful crusade. It is important to note that some artists are working for social change and advocacy. Yet the fact is we give much more press, celebration and acclaim to these folks than we do the civil servants (social workers, firefighters, police officers, EMTs…).
In this kind of thinking I thought about the influential bands and artists I could name (a good number), contrasted with the number of social workers I could name (none, unless you count family members).
This weekend we are going to be using this discrepancy to illustrate difference between being in love with God and falling in love with God.
Come and see the difference.
The Infographic came from USCSocialWork. Check out the Original article fromcan be found here: http://msw.usc.edu/mswusc-blog/national-social-work-month-2013-social-work101/.
With this kiddos all tucked in bed, or at least in their rooms,I find myself wanting something to do at 12:15am. I know I should sleep, but it is hard with a room to myself and I haven’t gone though the night time routine with Eden and Katie.
Because the gym was closed I took some time to make a little reading nook (a more mature way of saying fort out of sheets) where I am going to crash and read.
I am just reminded that this small group of students we have with us is such a blessing. There are time in ministry where I really feel blessed to be a pastor. Sharing this weekend journey with them is one of those times.
Sunday evening Eden was so tired from the day that she feel sleep in our bed while Katie and I were talking.
At one point Katie looked at me and said “look at her hands.”
She must have been praying that she would fall asleep before we noticed so that she could stay in the big bed. It kind of worked. She was asleep before we knew it, but she still had to go to her bad and sleep the rest of the night.
So there hasn’t been much posting going on here for the last little bit because it is simply something that has fallen off of the plate for the past little while.
I have notes, drafts and potential posts scattered throughout my bags and notebooks, but there is little progress that is really happening. There are a couple of reasons for this. My rationalizations about neglecting my blog are:
- I have been the one one at the helm for the past little while while our Senior Pastor is on Sabbath rest.
- I have a very pregnant wife who just the other day admitted she is nesting (in reality it has been happening for many weeks). This means painting the baby room, getting furniture set up, grooming the dog and other things around the house.
- I have been working on another little digital brainstorm to equip youthworkers in my area with teaching, training and resources. The hope was it would be a launch pad for community, connection and events. So some blog energy have been put into theYMcloud.com which may not see real daylight for a while now.
- confirmation class has started which adds another layer of teaching on to my weekend preaching, youth lessons and small group teaching.
- We are having a Kid in May. Baby Bethany Grace will be here soon
- Finally, I am going to be reappointed in July to Faithpoint church in Urbana. I am excited at the new ministry opportunities with this community. SO the next couple of months will be filled with good-byes and finishing well at Middletown UMC,
Some of you might read this as a list of excuses, but I just wanted to give a heads up as to what is going on in the real life of this dad/pastor that has cut my web time down rather drastically.
I am hoping to get some stuff up soon because I have some posts that I would like to get out about being the one at the helm, transitions, and how planning for a second kid changes the game (again).
In the mean time if we haven’t connected recently, let me know how you are or lets connect up for coffee.
What an adventure this conspiracy of grace is.