How the Church is like a Pumpkin Patch

A Few Reflections on Church and the Walters’ Farm

Walter’s Pumpkin Patch is one of my favorite places in south-central Kansas. It is an amazing place and provides a helpful model for the church

  • People come for the experience and prioritize the visit
  • It’s a place where people make memories
  • It’s a place where you mark years, transitions and milestones.
  • It’s a place for people of all ages — no matter your interests.

Obama’s Oslo Speech and Sermon Writing

I heard In Oslo Speech, Obama Must Sidestep Land Mines on NPR last week. I believe that the method for writing a presidential speech could be applied to writing a sermon. Here is an excerpt from the article:

Those speeches are crafted in a tiny, low-ceilinged room in the basement of the West Wing, directly underneath the Oval Office, by national security aide Ben Rhodes. … Rhodes says each big speech begins with the president himself laying out his thoughts in outline form. Then Rhodes starts writing, and the president starts editing.

A back and forth between the pastor who would be preaching the sermon and a sermon writing team with the preaching pastor having the final say could produce a well crafted, theologically sound sermon.

Will you please let me know of any preachers that are using a similar model?