This week I will be out of the office and out of town. Once a year I take off for a week to plan sermons for the coming year and this is that week.
I do this planning with a buddy named Rich Gantenbein. He is the minister at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sonoma, California. You can get a glimpse of his church here: St. Andrew
I've known Rich almost 30 years (we served in the same church for awhile) and this is the 18th year that we have worked on sermons together. We typically plan the topics we want to cover over a year and then develop series for those topics. Sometimes we are preaching the same series at the same time (this past series on The 'I Ams' of John is an example) and sometimes we will preach a similar series, but at a different time (this spring will be an example). Either way, I can't imagine trying to plan, prepare and preach without this kind of collaboration.
I mention this for a few reasons:
- I wanted you to know why I'm not around this week and why this will be a quiet week for iHope.
- I wanted to let you know about Rich and what I am working on this week.
- If you don't like a particular sermon, we'll just blame Rich!