Thinking Out Loud

November 5, 2010

Burning the Ministry Candle at Both Ends

Filed under: Church, ministry — Tags: , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 8:51 pm

I can only remember one other time in my life when I was asked to do the Sunday morning teaching in a church for two consecutive Sundays.   The first went well, but then I had great difficulty having to put another one together in only six more days.

So — this is years ago back when The Message Bible was brand new — I simply read the Sermon on The Mount.   From The Message.  All three chapters.   Word-for-word.

Well, actually that would have been too easy.  I wrote a ten minute introduction.   Did some research.  And then I read all three chapters.

And the people laughed.   They weren’t laughing at me or the text; it’s just that laughter is a surprise emotion and the rather loose phrasing of this new translation was catching them totally off guard.   For all its critics, Eugene Peterson brought the sermon to life that morning.

Actually, better to say, it revealed the life that was already in the sermon.  The way the first century audience would have heard and understood it when Jesus gave it, assuming Matthew 5, 6 and 7 are somewhat verbatim, which I don’t actually think is the case.

In the meantime, I’ve got to give the second of two sermons on Sunday and I’m not simply going to read from The Message this time.   What’s that saying?  Oh yeah:  A pastor is a Bible college or seminary graduate who still has a term paper due every Friday.

So I’m late posting today.

But I have a new respect for pastors who also blog.

And do both faithfully.

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time change*Daylight Saving Time 2010 ends Saturday night, or more correctly, Sunday morning, November 7th at 2 AM. One of my UK blogging friend tells me it ended over the pond last weekend. If you’re reading this on Sunday morning, it may be earlier than you think, so you can still make it to church!



  1. It’s just me again.

    Here are some pastors who are also bloggers who especially inspire me in this respect:

    * Pete Wilson at Without Wax
    * Kevin Rogers at The Orphan Age
    * Perry Noble
    * Darryl Dash

    …and maybe you can recommend some…

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — November 5, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

  2. What? You’re not using the LOLCats version? C’mon Paul. LOLcat’s version is where it’s at!

    Here’s an excerpt from Sermon on the Mount – LOLcat style:

    Matthew 5: The Catitudes:
    “1 Wen he seez lotz kittehz, he climbz tree. His BFz climbz tree too.

    2 He sez hai and he teaches teh kittehs, he sez:

    3 Cheezburgrz 4 teh n00b kittehs, theys can has teh Ceiling.

    4 Cheezburgrz 4 teh sad kittehs, theys can has petting.

    5 Cheezburgrz 4 teh m33k kittehs, theys can has teh urfs. ”

    (disturbing, I know…)


    Comment by Martin Barret — November 6, 2010 @ 11:15 am

    • I had heard they were doing this “translation”, but hadn’t actually seen any of it. Thanks for saving me the time.

      Actually, this provides balance to the people who don’t like The Message. Like saying, “Hey, look at this; it could have been worse!”

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — November 6, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

  3. are there anymore christian retailer blogs out there? I really enjoy reading your and wouldnt mind finding a few others

    Comment by rae-anne — November 6, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

    • Oh my! You’ve given away the secret! Most TOL readers don’t know about CBST. Now what will we do?

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — November 6, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

      • well I read BOTH of yours :) I was wondering if their were any other blogging store owners out there I was enjoying!

        Comment by rae-anne — November 8, 2010 @ 5:06 pm

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