I’ve finally put the sermons that I have preached at Springfield Vineyard on this site. I’m using the Seriously Simple Podcasting plugin, almost exclusively because it provides a media enclosure for the audio file (so you can just click “play” instead of clicking a hyperlink or downloading the file), and I have set the date for each sermon post as the date on which it was delivered. It’s not ideal–the podcast “category” is its own separate thing, so sermons don’t show up in the Categories widget, and I had to use the podcasting widget and style it a bit–but it will do for now.
I’m really hoping to preach more often in the future. It’s something I enjoy and think I do well, and it’s a great way for me to share what I think God is saying to us. I can write an outline and speak a lot more quickly than I can actually write out all of these thoughts in detail, and I have gotten the impression that other people also like it when I speak at church.
The other reason I want to preach more is that I feel a lot of pressure for each sermon I deliver because they’re so infrequent. I have come up with a lot of sermon ideas, and even a few sermon series, but I only get to preach every 3-4 months, so I feel like whatever I share needs to be really important. I also feel like it has to be really good, because if I screw up, I’m not going to get another shot until a third of a year has passed. It would be nice to share some of the fluffier sermons I’ve written, but whenever I get the rare chance to speak at church, I feel like there is an imperative from God to share the heavy things on my heart that we really, absolutely need to be talking about. If I got to preach more, I could share both kinds of sermons: simple, happy, hopeful ones, in addition to prophetic, call-to-action sermons.
If I don’t get to preach more often, though, it’s not that big a deal. I decided a while back to keep writing outlines, and then I’ll either record them at home and post them here, or I’ll get around to writing them out in detail.