I spent most of the last week either in meetings or writing.
I worked on the legislative script for council. That piece has occupied a great deal of my time. I have to rehearse and think about all those rules of order.
Once that was done I turned my attention to the pile of notes I call:" The things I want to say." These are then placed into a long manuscript and I begin working on the Bishop's address. It is an interesting process. I move quickly from the pile of everything I want to say into the editing mode trying to get the document into what I might describe as everything "I have time to say." That is complicated by a third rule of writing for a speach which is writing a manuscript that has everything in it "you all are willing to listen to me say." Ahhhh, there is the rub.
Well we are in the home stretch. A few more edits left and we can put it to bed.
By tomorrow I will have brought the text down to size and be reasonably comfortable with it. Then I can focus my attention on the scriptures for Sunday. The research is done, the rest is sitting there ready to be put together.
I am praying for council and for all those traveling. I hope those of you who do not have the blessed opportunity to be with us will keep us in your prayers.
- "Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a life and a living process." Samuel Taylor Coleridge
- "Most people are willing to take the Sermon on the Mount as a flag to sail under, but few will use it as a rudder by which to steer." Oliver Wendell Holmes
- "Perfection, in a Christian sense, means becoming mature enough to give ourselves to others." Kathleen Norris
- "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can." John Wesley
- "The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried." G. K. Chesterton
- "One of our great allies at present is the Church itself. Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean the Church as we see her spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners. That, I confess, is a spectacle which makes our boldest tempters uneasy. But fortunately it is quite invisible to these humans." C. S. Lewis
- "When we say, 'I love Jesus, but I hate the Church,' we end up losing not only the Church but Jesus too. The challenge is to forgive the Church. This challenge is especially great because the church seldom asks us for forgiveness." Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey
- "Christians are hard to tolerate; I don't know how Jesus does it." Bono
- "It's too easy to get caught in our little church subcultures, and the result is that the only younger people we might know are Christians who are already inside the church." Dan Kimball