OK, I’m blogging on a Sunday morning before I go to church, but I will use as my excuse the fact that I get up substantially earlier than the world, or so it seems, and thus I do reading and such well before it’s time to go to church.
I expect to hear an excellent sermon at First UMC Pensacola later this morning. Besides the knowledge that both our senior and associate ministers generally produce great sermons (the associate, Rev. Geoffrey Lentz, is preaching today), I actually got a foretaste of the sermon in conversation with Geoffrey. He’s tackling the book of Joshua in a series of sermons he and the senior pastor are doing on broad themes in Bible books. It’s a tough one to preach from and he had some great thoughts.
But I also read another sermon for the second time this morning, Just What Is The Right Thing To Do?, by Tony Mitchell. It’s probably too late to urge you to find Dover UMC where he will be preaching and go there if you’re in the area.
There is always some new survey to distress us about the state of American Christianity. We can wring our hands and bemoan the deterioration of our culture, or we can ask ourselves how we’re going to respond to the realities that we face. This sermon falls into the latter category. It’s a keeper.
Now you’ll probably think I say this just because I’m quoted in it. I can tell you that’s not the case. (OK, don’t believe me!) It’s after that section that I really started to get on board with the sermon. In any case, whether you think I’m biased or not, check it out.