I have spent the better part of the past few days staring at Deuteronomy 30.15-20 and James 1.29-25 and trying to think of something to say about them. Like I mentioned a few days ago, I haven’t preached in over a year and so getting back into the rhythm is something I’ve found to be very difficult. A few months ago, Neal wrote on Presbymergent about Collaborative Sermons. Open-sourcing sermons. Now, this is not like Sermons.com where you could just go and download a sermon to preach that wasn’t yours. But Neal asked some good questions – what would it look like if sermons were written by the community?
I have just finished my sermon, and I am made a wiki (this was my first wiki, so I apologize if there was a better web application I could have used) for the sermon. If you work on it today, I may consider some of the changes for my sermon tomorrow – but otherwise, let’s take the next week and use this as an exercise, an experiment in collaborative sermon-writing, collaborative preaching. The sermon title is (for now), “Partnering with God.” The wiki is located here. Once there, you’ll see the link for the sermon page – click that and go to the sermon page. Then at the top you can click “Edit Page” and then it will ask you for a password. The password is “sermon” and then it will probably still require you to put your name and email in, like you were leaving a comment. Then you can make any changes you want, and then click “Save” at the bottom. Let me know if you have any problems with the wiki.
I’m hoping that some of you will participate in this – and then we’ll see what we end up with.