One of the (many) things I love about the work I'm called to at St. Giles is the opportunity to regularly preach in worship. Digging into the passage and wrestling with its message is a joyful and deeply formative process for me. I'd be lying, of course, if I said there weren't also moments of staring at a blank page with feelings of anger and exhaustion, but I'll have to write more on that later.
Recently, I've decided to try experimenting with informal videos a little bit. What if I recorded brief videos of new educational insights? Or, I could film brief video devotionals. Maybe I could talk about something completely unrelated to my work at the church? But ultimately, I realized that with as much difficulty as I have even updating my blog, adding yet another communication outlet into the mix would prove difficult at best, and more likely impossible to maintain.
After a few brainstorming sessions, I settled on brief videos tying into the sermons I write. One possibility would be to pose a few pondering thoughts prior to preaching. But I've chosen instead to attempt to summarize some of the main thoughts of a sermon into a brief video, for followup, for folks who were traveling, or those from out of town.
Enter: the Two Minute Recap. When I think about it (and when I have two minutes to spare), I'm going to attempt to record a brief recap of my sermon in two minutes or less, with the hope of posting it within a couple days of Sunday morning. On a great day, maybe I can even record the video Sunday afternoon after worship. More than likely, though, if I remember, it'd be up on Tuesday or Wednesday. This won't be a weekly thing; I preach about 16 times per year, and sometimes even then the schedule won't allow. But I'm curious to see what kinds of insights bubble up for us (and for me!) as I attempt to record a video a few days after worship.
So, with all of that said - here is my first Two Minute Recap, summarizing Sunday's sermon on the call/conversion of Saul/Paul in Acts 9:1-20.
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