Posts Tagged ‘Augustine’

Welcome to The Storeroom…

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”
- Matthew 13: 52

I enjoy sharing the message of God’s love for humans from the Bible and the massive implications that has for all of life.

As a result, I will beg borrow and steal to stock a storeroom of stories, quotes, anecdotes and pictures. They are old and new, funny and sad, mundane and extraordinary.

This is the place to sample my store and put some things in. Then I won’t have to steal!

Here’s my first entry…

How to bluff at being a deep Bible Teacher - part 1?
Many of you teach the Bible in churches, house groups, Sunday School and so on. You will know that if you want to make a real impact it’s really hard. As well as studying the text and the experts you have to study presentation techniques, voice, body language, PowerPoint, and think deeply about your audience.

Sometimes that’s too hard when there is something good on the television. So here are some ideas for pretending to be really deep, learned and profound in the absence of a message that impacts people’s lives.

Never, ever, admit to reading a book

The exception to this vital rule is if the book has only just been published. Then you have to say that you are reading, for example, John Piper’s new book. The word ‘new’ is very important.

Now you might be wondering how you can impress people with your reference to CS Lewis or Calvin. That’s why I am here.

Always, always, say that you were rereading it. This is what you say. Recently, I was rereading The Screwtape Letters, Augustine’s Confessions or John Wesley’s journal. Then when your audience have no idea what you’re talking about or how your points fit together they will think that it’s their fault. If the preacher has read and reread all the great and good of Christian history, then they are obviously too shallow to understand and your reputation improves.

You can watch The Simpsons and be deep.