Tonight I heard Bishop Will Willimon for the first time in several years. That guy is the best damn meddlin’ preacher I know. He goes from zero to meddlin’ faster than any preacher I know. He’s never afraid to mix it up and start pressing peoples…well, buttons, comfort zones, you name it. He preached on the call of Samuel from 1 Samuel 2:1-10. Excellent stuff.
Also, we are working on General Conference (GC) elections this year. The laity are moving more quickly than the clergy, of course. We have managed to elect 9 out of the 11 GC delegates we need. At present, we’re log jammed with 3-5 folks at the top of the voting. So, we need to just push 2 more through, then we can kind of start over and vote for Jurisdictional Conference (JC) delegates.
As is my custom, I’m reading Henri Nouwen‘s In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership this week, as I said in a earlier post. I’m reading a chapter in the evening. This time around is particularly pointed since I’ve got the elections in the back of my mind as I read. Willimon’s preaching and reflection also makes for a fertile context in which to think through Nouwen’s words. I’m simply reading this week and jotting down thoughts in my journal. I’ll blog my thoughts hopefully next week. I read the prologue and introduction last night (Monday). I decided I needed to hold off on more concrete conviction for another day. Well, tonight I’ll get into it a little more in earnest.