This Sunday I'm starting a new series called, WEIRD (Because Normal isn't Working). It's based on a book of the same name by Pastor CRAIG GROESCHEL
|This is not Tom Cruise.|
It's Pastor Craig Groeschel.
Something really cool about LifeChurch: they give away all their stuff! All their small group lessons, their children's materials, their youth materials, their drama scripts, their videos, their sermons--they give it all away free, to any other church who wants to use it.
(Before you ask: my sermons during this series will be MY sermons, not Craig's ... I'll certainly be drawing on his material, but I learned a long time ago that I can't preach another pastor's sermons as if they were my own. It just doesn't work.)
The idea behind this series is that "normal"--i.e., the way most people live and relate and handle their finances--isn't working. So it's time to be abnormal, or, as Groeschel says, "weird." I don't know this for a fact, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Groeschel got the idea for this from his friend Dave Ramsey:
(And that reminds me: if you have not been through Financial Peace University, a new class is starting THIS SUNDAY at 5. Sign up at church Sunday morning. It's powerful. It's life-changing. Now, more than ever, we need to learn and live by these Biblical principles.)
... and you've probably seen the T-shirt:
And then just today, a Covenant member told me about a new bumper sticker he spotted. It says, "Asheville: Where normal is weird!"
So in Asheville, weird is normal, normal is weird, and a sermon series that calls for one above the other is bound to get confusing.
Hmmm ... Hopefully I'll figure this out by Sunday. See you then!