A friend of mine who is a pastor relayed this story recently: she found her three year old son sitting in front of her computer one day. She asked him what he was doing. "Working on my sermon," he replied. "So, what are you preaching about, Carl?" she asked. "Jesus."
With that in mind, I offer this simple question this morning in the middle of summer: "What are you preaching about tomorrow?" There are several scriptural answers to this question: you might be trying to find a new twist on the extremely familiar story of the Good Samaritan. You might be starting a sermon series on Colossians. You might be looking at Deuteronomy or at Amos' plumb line, or you might be preaching about something Completely Different. A great conversation about some of these possibilities can be found here.
Or, it might be as simple as my friend's son: "Jesus." It's always that simple, and it can still be complicated, as well....
What are you having for breakfast? As always, I'm serving fair-trade coffee, good earth tea, and blueberry pancakes (I hear blueberries are full of anti-oxidants!) I have the table set in anticipation of company, so I hope you'll join me.
And maybe even have a children's sermon idea. (Please?)