I’m going to be preaching again on the 27th at our Saturday night service.
As part of my preparation, I want to try something new and start a conversation here, maybe get some input from the six people who regularly stop by.
Here’s the random brainstorm that I sent to our team; if you have any ideas, questions, reading suggestions, deep thoughts, shallow thoughts, links, etc., I welcome your comments.
Basically, I want to show and tell my rock collection.
I’m really pulling this out of thin air right now, but there are many references in scripture to stones, rocks, and how they represent something important, or meaningful, or worthy of remembrance. I have no idea yet how this will all tie together . . .
I have a rock collection on my desk here at work, and I was looking at them tonight and thinking about what they represent. One is a stone that I broke out of the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, one is a piece of brick from a building that was destroyed in the Oklahoma City bombing, one is from a little ghost town in the Nevada desert where my grandfather lived while working as a carpenter building casinos in Reno, and one is a tile from the kitchen of one of the houses destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Each one represents something specific to me, something either directly related to the location or to the events. (Example: the brick from Oklahoma City represents to me a responsibility to always seek the truth, because when people start believing rumors and conspiracy theories, it can lead down some pretty dark paths.)
As I started writing a blog post about them, it started kind of expanding into spiritual meanings and deeper things, and it would be a good opportunity to use some multimedia/video to aid with the storytelling, etc., etc.
I haven’t selected a scripture passage yet; I have a lot to choose from. I hope to get that part nailed down in the next couple of days. There are a lot of examples in scripture of people erecting stones/pillars/etc. as a means of remembrance or marking something significant that God was doing/had done. That’s the general direction I’m moving in . . . let the discussion begin!