Hello sisters and brothers and friends of FPCE,
We are sliding into the summer time. Perhaps we will find a week or two or three to catch our collective breath and have some fun; as in recreation, as in re-creation. I do wish each of you a summer full of blessing and peace.
This past May, I attended a conference for preachers called The Festival of Homiletics (which is a fancy word for the art of preaching.) The conference leadership decided to focus on the theme, Prophetic Preaching in Changing Times.. As the theme’ suggests, the preaching and teaching we heard was not to make us preachers feel good, or successful, or comforted, or entertained. As I re-read my notes, I see even more clearly that the week’s preachers and teachers laid out some tough challenges to those of us in the pulpit on Sunday morning. Here are just a few points that spoke to me:
A lot to think and pray about. The good news? Change happens, but Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.