Day and Data after Ash Wednesday

I preached last night at the Ash Wednesday service at Resurrection Central. I believe that God used me to introduce and remind people of God’s story, their story and to offer the invitation to connect the two.

Throughout the day yesterday, I found that I was getting a significant traffic spike here at Thoughts of Resurrection. I found that it was coming through searches. Here is a comparison of the search terms that people used to visit my blog since Monday:

Monday, February 23, 2009

Search Views
thoughts of resurrection 4
does god answer all of a persons prayers 2
andrew conard 2
proper dress attire for church 1
different attire on church 1
lydia circle 1
prayer of thanks for resurrection 1
god answers prayer 1
icon: the trinity 1
wikipedia pastoral education 1

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Search Views
ash wednesday sermons 7
ash wednesday sermon 5
sermon central and ash wed. service 2
10 prayers god answers 2
ash wednesday 2009 sermons 2
andrew conard 2
lent mars hill bible church 2
proper church attire 1
god answers prayers in three ways 1
pastoral prayers 1

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Search Views
ash wednesday sermon 46
ash wednesday sermons 17
ash wednesday thoughts 4
methodist fasting rules 3
church attire 2
united methodist book of discipline onli 2
ash wednesdaysermon 2
ash wed sermon 2
andrew conard 2
ash wednesday sermon umc 2

What does this data tell you?

By Andrew Conard

Christian, husband, son, brother, homeowner

One reply on “Day and Data after Ash Wednesday”

At first glance, we might think it’s lazy preachers who are searching last minute for a sermon to download and read. But I wonder if it’s more preachers that have simply gotten too busy, and on a short week like this one with a mid-week sermon and then regular Sunday coming up, I must admit I was tempted to search for sermons to borrow illustrations or points if I hadn’t discerned a specific thought for my congregation based on Joel. Sure laziness might be a factor. But I think pastoral expectations by ourselves and others often crowd out the ministry of the word.

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