Non GMO sermons

Cartoon of a man shaking a pastor's hand. He says, “What a great sermon, Pastor! I could tell it was not genetically modified.”I admire the pastors who have delivered sermons ever since I was old enough to recognize it was my Grandpa at the pulpit and he was saying some pretty deep things. 

I look at the guy who is trying to flatter the pastor as clueless. Perhaps he has grabbed on to a phrase that he has no clue about and just wants to sound sophisticated. 

When you shake hands with your pastor this morning, be sure your complement suggests you actually heard and retained the sermon within your good old noggin. 

Video: Finding God in the Darkness When I’m Waiting

I was humbled when my pastor asked me to give a testimony about the waiting I have experienced for the last two years. I proposed giving a cartoon testimony. It is a tribute to Diary of a Wimpy Kid, only my version is Diary of a Waiting Guy. 

I recorded myself drawing, then wrote a script for the video. You can see it in the first five minutes of the sermon video.

If you know anything about me, you know faith is a bit part of who I am. It is the reason we left everything we knew in Indiana and moved to Arizona. It is also the reason we moved to the Dayton, Ohio area. It is the reason I hold perseverance as an important value. You cannot start anything new without taking a risk and displaying perseverance.

Pastor Steve Southards did a great job explaining the why’s of a waiting period through the story of Joseph in Genesis. My wife and I are privileged to be serving at Salem Church of God. The last two years have challenged me, but I am glad I made the leap. Taking a risk is much better than doing the same thing and wondering what could have happened if we took a risk.

Quality Assured Sermons

Cartoon of a pastor saying, "I must remind you my sermons are recorded for quality assurance."

I wonder how differently I’d act if I knew every word I said was recorded? Would the quality of my words be assured? I’d like to think I would be fine with all the words I’ve said. Yet I know if someone recorded all the words I said yesterday, I would not be proud. Continue reading “Quality Assured Sermons”

Angry Birds Sermon

Cartoon of  a boy and pastor. The pastor says, “€œSo you think I should base an entire sermon series on the game, ‘€˜Angry Birds?'”

When I thought of this idea, I thought how technology has changed the church. If you walk into most churches today, you’ll at least see a projector on the wall. They have replaced hymn books with Powerpoint and lyrics projected on a wall. I see it as a good thing. The way we process information and interact with speakers is changing. Powerpoint, and similar programs, have made it possible for us visual people to see a sermon as well as hear it. My pastor can weave a story like no other, but visuals still can do what words can’t. You can tell me about Red Square in Moscow, but I won’t have a clue what it looks like until you show me a picture of St. Basil’s Cathedral.

There’s a whole industry devoted to this stuff:

That was the most obvious way technology has changed things. Then I wondered how social media has changed things. Does your church have a Facebook fan page? How about a Twitter account? And what’s all this stuff about Google+ ? It’s one of the many ways that have changed the way we communicate, whether person to person or church to the congregation. Instead of a postcard or mailer, do you text your latest event? I thought of how I get information from my church now. Sometimes, I’ll get a note in the mail along with an announcement on Facebook. I find that the more ways I’m approached with a subject, the better I’ll remember it. How many ways do you reach out to people? There are so many articles just about those topics:

Social media led me to Angry Birds. It seems like such a silly game. Who would have thought a game where you use a slingshot to fire birds at pigs would be a sensation? Oh, the many facets that would make a sermon topic sing! Well, maybe not. You could perhaps do one Sunday on anger, then another Sunday on inertia. After that, perhaps you could do a topic on treating pigs the way you want to be treated, or birds before swine. Hey! Maybe you COULD make a whole sermon series out of Angry Birds!

I drew this for the Church of God newsletter. You can find a copy of the newsletter here: http://www.chog.org/chognews/CHOGnews-aug11.htm

Sermons in 3D

Cartoon of boy with 3D glasses

Cartoon of  a couple and their son. The mom says, “He’s listened to all of your sermons since I told him you presented them in 3D.” Continue reading “Sermons in 3D”