A preaching mentor of mine recently compared the church to a jigsaw puzzle and its members to individual pieces — indented to receive other pieces, and protruding to be received by others. As big a fan of puzzles, the church, and good gospel preaching, you would think I would have made better use of that word picture over the years. Well, let me spend 300 words fixing that error of omission.
I always appreciate getting requests for articles and sermons. I do not always follow through; sometimes I think the subject is best left alone, and sometimes I just forget. Sorry. But the requests themselves are a blessing, in my eyes. One of the ongoing challenges in my position is coming up with new material. If a subject is thrust upon me, it naturally comes with the benefit of having at least one person interested before I ever put pen to paper. Nothing wrong with that.