Karl Barth said that prayer is the central work of Christians, and I believe that, but our prayers tend to be more talking than listening. Here's what I mean. Sermon preparation consumes about 10-12 hours, on average. I spent easily that much time this past week on this Sunday's sermon. I cooked up a dandy! It had indented quotes, citations to the Larger Catechism of the Presbyterian Church, USA, and no fewer than three footnotes. That's a lot of work and I laid my head down last night with a feeling of accomplishment.
That's when I got a call from God (he has my cell phone). "Stewart!" He said. "I have reviewed your sermon and that is the most boring thing I have read in my entire life, and that's saying something. You cannot inflict that upon my Presbyterians. Get up and re-write it. Here...I'll help."
And so, I did.
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Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.