Monday, March 26, 2007

Lutheran Devotional Corner

An excellent site is it has links to a wide variety of Lutheran sermons including text, video and audio.

I am listed there under flash video. It looks like I'm the only one using flash! I like flash because it gives incredible video resolution for a relatively small file size. It's a bit of a pain to code the web page because flash videos don't just automatically play like windows media files!

Here is my most recent sermon:

March 25th

But I think the fact that YouTube uses flash is a good endorsement!

Speaking of YouTube, I found these AFN commercials there recently. These are examples of the commercials we get overseas. They are locally produced. I can't say that I miss regular commercials—these can be fun sometimes!

I think it helps the kids remember to be diligent in washing their hands! My 7 year old laughs every time he sees these! (I had the distinct honor of meeting Mr. Soapy. I host a weekly radio show at AFN and Mr. Soapy lived in the studio for a few weeks back when the episodes were filming!)

Friday, March 09, 2007

Interesting New Book

I am reading the book "Change or Die". I'm not very far along in the book but it seems very interesting. The premise is that people resist normal approaches to change. For example, most heart patients don't change their lifestyle (smoking, eating, exercising) even though the result of their lack of change will be an earlier death.

The author maintains that facts, fear and force don't work as effective motivators of change. This is an accurate assessment!

I'm just getting started in the book and I'll post more as I read further. The book has already been valuable to me as an eloquent description of a common problem. This will help me address the problem in my preaching.

I often find that self-help books are most valuable in describing human maladies. I often disagree with part or all of a solution presented in such a book but the description of the problem really helps me in applying the Gospel to the needs of the people sitting in the pews as I present a sermon.