I’m amazed by simplicity.

For something to look simple, the designer actually had to put a lot of work in to the project.  For an idea to be simple, attention to language, word count, commas, etc. are all important.

I am working on a project describing the Bible for new believers.  The Bible can be a complicated book.  There are many layers to it.  But at its simplest layer it’s the story of God and his people.

We are the ones who bring complication to the Bible, because sometimes we want to use it to justify our ideas, our beliefs and sadly sometimes our prejudices.  But when we get back to the simple idea that it’s the story of God and his people.  It’s a wonderfully amazing book.

Preparing a sermon then my goal is not to be clever, my goal is to communicate the simple message of God and his people.  And ask, “where do I fit, where do we fit, into that story?”

Fear and Trembling

Today I was working on a sermon for Philippians 2:12-13.

That’s right, 2 verses.  They’re pretty weighty verses.

In this passage Paul says, “work out your salvation with fear and trembling.”

Got me thinking about fear.  What are you afraid of?

I used to be terrified of water.  I used to get a lot of ear infections which was caused by fluid in my ears.  I didn’t like pain, and pain came from water.  I hated water.  Now I will swim, but I’m still not keen on jumping into water when I can’t see the bottom, or going under water.

But what are you afraid of and why?