I have been preaching now for almost 20 years now and I still find some Monday mornings very depressing. On Sunday you poor out your heart and soul and sometimes it just doesn’t go as well as you would have liked. This was one of those weeks. Everyone, including myself, was tired. The energy was low and several people were gone. That made for a difficult setting and then the sermon just did not flow in quite the way I wanted. On mornings like this I am reminded of a quote from Mark Driscoll about preaching:
Simply, preaching is like driving a clutch, and the only way to figure it out is to keep grinding the gears and stalling until you figure it out.
Mark Driscoll, Confession of a Reformation Rev. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2006), 133.
Then I was linked through another blog over to this article about “Why it doesn’t matter if people don’t remember your sermons.”
Finally, I was reminded today of the title of this blog. Every Monday morning God gives me another chance to write a better sermon, to have a better impact and to give others the same chances I get each week.