By: Rob Lee
November 04, 2013
As a student who gets to preach regularly, I’ve sought advice from countless preachers on the art of writing a sermon. The consensus is it is best done with eyes peeled for possible illustrations in our daily lives that could captivate listeners and bring them closer to the heart of God. Attending the Fund for Theological Education’s Leadership Discernment Conference was precisely one of those moments for me.
“I went home justified thanks to the community of faith that surrounded me at the conference.”
While I learned so much from each session, the one thing I will hold in my heart forever is that life is what happens when you’re playing in the leaves. As we prepared for dinner one evening, a few people had gathered around a leaf pile. Young and old were both glimpsing at the beauty and theology of playfulness of the leaves which was something we were learning about at the conference with Dr. Courtney Goto. In those moments, I was brought closer to the heart of God and inspired to preach a sermon about this illustration and experience the following Sunday.
I went home justified thanks to the community of faith that surrounded me at the conference. I’ve made some lifelong colleagues and friends in a matter of days and was reminded ever so presently that grace is found in not only words, but in the seasons of life where we’re given permission to play.