This is kind of a weird thing for a pastor to say, but I have a hard time looking forward to Easter Sunday. I know, I know. I hear your gasps. Yes, it is the most important day on the Christian calendar. True, it's usually a time when lots of people come to church, which would make you think that I see it as a great opportunity to preach the Gospel. I do. But I guess that's just it. Sometimes it kind of feels like you're at the plate with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth and your team is down by three. All we need is a grand slam. Maybe I'm still dealing with performance anxiety which is an indicator of my self-absorption and continuing battles with idolatry. That's part of it I'm sure. But part of my frustration and anxiety stems from this weird way we like to do church in cultural Christian circles -- tell me something interesting and entertaining in 30 minutes or I'm out.
So, here's my plan: Keep it simple. Speak from the Book. Make Jesus the hero. Remember that it's God who saves people, not me.
Pray for me and the people who need to hear the Gospel this Sunday. Specifically, pray Colossians 4:3-4.