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Tuesday, April 5

For all who were concerned... Erica came home from the hospital yesterday. Thanks for praying and everything. They're 99.9% sure that she has Aseptic Viral Meningitis. She's on the mend for the next couple days & has some procautionary tests to go through, but thank god its nothing worse. Its scary when they're talking about disease & infections of the brain. You don't mess with that.

I'm working on a set of teachings on worship for submerge & a small group looking at spiritual disciplines. I have so many thoughts & so much to say about it, I'm like working backwards... I have pages of random thoughts & scriptures on paper (screen) & am now making some concious sense of it.

Is it that I'm an unorganized thinker that I can't just logically write a talk? or is it normal to have to let out all the thoughts & then puzzle them back together? This is where a good homiletics course would do me good.

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Glad to hear she's doing ok!

I'm in favor of getting all those thoughts out of your head. That way when you're studying and have a thought, you can jot it down off to the side and keep reading, rather than being at the mercy of your attention span and rabbit trails. I often start teaching prep with writing out everything I think or want to say on the subject, and then if I'm doing a study, I write all that stuff too, then I can boil it down, and begin the process of deciding what NOT to say...

then again I'm not a professional. just a fat man with a lot of opinion.

whew!!! glad its not bacterial!! viral is basically harmless but could be a real pain. Keep her hydrated!! Best wishes to you both!

Glad for her health, and your sanity thru it all...

Thinking backwards isnt all that bad .. just keeps your listeners on edge as you unwrap the layers to the onion ...


More to COme ...

(Just Kidding ...)

kenmeister,
don't stress too much about the talk. as long as you can muster up content, that is. what i do is i jot down all of the points i think are important, THEN i organize it. usually i like to start by comparing the topic to common perceptions/misperceptions, then present your spin, then support that, and then end with application.
good to hear erica is on the mend! send her my love

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