Yesterday’s message …
- Embodied no little bit of irony. Two days before the official release of “Simplify The Message; Multiply The Impact,” a book for all practical purposes on designing and delivering one point sermons, my sermon yesterday featured four … points. Four movements. No single bottom line.
- The reason for that different kind of message is that I designed the sermon to introduce “The Beautiful Marriage Movement” to the congregation and community at large. I had shared some of these thoughts at a Leader Gathering back in September.
- Celebrated the beauty of gender as God’s good creation and then reminded the church that when Jesus could have redefined marriage, he reinforced it instead.
- Set our audacious goals of touching 10,000 couples over seven years with life giving resources designed to prevent crises rather than manage them. Along the way, we hope to cut divorce filings in half in our area.
So it has been about 15 months ago now that my wife and I hosted a wedding for our daughter. She got married in Nashville, outdoors, at a venue. It rained every day leading up to the wedding. It was bitter cold the day after the wedding. The day OF the weding? Perfect. Crisp, gold, red, perfect. It was one pretty wedding: (AV) Now: it was also a pretty EXPENSIVE wedding, which is why GROOME’S parents usually enjoy those weekends more than brides’ parents but that’s another sermon for another time. But it all helped me realize as a dad and as a pastor, we spend a lot of money and time on pretty weddings. We’ve got wedding planners, wedding venues, wedding bands; we’ve got Say Yes To The Dress, we’ve got Four Weddings, we’ve got My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and even Wedding Crashers. Pretty weddings are everywhere. Time, money, effort.