Well a couple weeks ago I talked about moralistic preaching.

So why not talk about some other aspect of preaching this week?

This blog post is mostly for myself, but it’s open to the public. Haha.

Remember when you first heard the Mumford and Sons album?  I do.  It was at a time in my life where it seemed like every lyric in the song spoke to me in a way that resonated with not only what was going on in my life, but in my soul.

Now maybe you haven’t listened to Mumford and Sons, but I am sure there has been some cd out there or at least a song out there, that every time you hear it, or perhaps for a time in your life, its every lyric just made you say that is what is going on in me.

I want to preach that way.

When I preach I want to be able to bring the reality and truth of God’s word, and who He is to the people I preach to, in a way that stirs their soul.

I want to preach better than a song.

Songs do a great job of connecting to us.  The songs that deeply move us tend to be songs that connect to us deeply. (besides being well played songs)

And I think if I preach well, the same can happen.

I think that’s something that the world could use more of.

I am not talking about preaching sermons that just connect to people and move them so they get good feelings.

I am talking about proclaiming the word of God that has moved me and changed me so that what flows from my lips comes from a heart connection with Him.

I am talking about exalting who God is in a way that speaks to the eternity on our hearts.

I just think we can all preach, or proclaim who God is in a way that people can connect with as they would with a song.

Whether I preach this way in my everyday conversations, or whether I do it from the pulpit, I want to preach better than a song.

This requires truth.

Most of all it requires God.

Holy Spirit, make me a person that can preach better than a song.  But let it not be my skill that is better, but your moving in my life, and who you are.  Draw more people to you. 

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Goodbye Boyhood.

August 3, 2010

Around December I sold my Nintendo Wii.

Around the middle of May I sold my Xbox 360.

And it wasn’t even hard for me to sell those things.

I tell this because I think I am at a point in my life where I am putting off a lot of my boyish ways.  I am at a stage where I think I am becoming a man.

Mark Driscoll somewhat often kind of yells at boys. He tells adult males that they are not real men for all sorts of reasons. How they treat women, how they don’t have a job, how they play video games, and all sorts of other things.  Now when Driscoll says that stuff it always struck a chord with me. Not always because I was messing up in one of those areas but because there was something in me the knew I was holding onto my boyhood.  I was not letting myself truly start to become more of a man.

I also read a book where Donald Miller talks about how there was a stage in his life where he would never wake up early, and how there was a man in his life who did wake up early, and Miller found this to be a mark of manhood for this particular man.

Now don’t get me wrong, none of those things make you a man.  What makes a man is a weener.

But

There is something in me that knows I am growing up in a lot of ways.  I am manning up with my finances, by taking a job that isn’t my dream job, but I know I need it to become financially responsible, and even feel God leading me towards taking it.

The reason I knowing I am manning up is because I am excited to become financially responsible.  Not just doing this all out of obligation or because I have to.

There are just so many places I can see where I am putting away my boyhood for manhood.

Now don’t worry, my personality is going to stay the same, I will still be full of antics, hi-jinks, funnyness, and the good boyish things, but still I am becoming a man. So those things are going to be the man versions of those things. I am not losing anything.  I am only gaining.  God loves me enough to do this in my life even though I live in a culture of suspended boyhood.

I don’t know. It’s hard to express what exactly is going on inside of me.

It’s weird. And cool. And I just wanted to share that in my blog. I will end with a Mumford and Son’s Quote.

“Love that will not betray, dismay, or enslave you, it will set you free. Be more like the man you were made to be.” –From the song, Sigh No More.