Monday of this week I attended a pastors’ meeting at Auburn Adventist Academy. One of the features was a presentation on preaching by Loren Dickinson, who for many years taught the subject among others at Walla Walla University.

Prior to the meeting, he had sent out a request for pastors to send him video clips of their preaching so he could give friendly, constructive advice the way he’d done during his years of teaching.

I didn’t send him a video of my sermons, and I have the perfect excuse–our church doesn’t videotape my sermons! It was a good hook to be let off of.

However, four brave pastors did send him clips, and he showed a few minutes of each to us, and then opened the floor for discussion–and each of the “target pastors” was right there in the room! It provided us a lot of good-natured fun, along with some extremely helpful suggestions.

How’s your vulnerability ability? Mine is not that great, especially in the presence of my peers giving me suggestions on sermonizing, one of the most vulnerable duties a pastor performs.

But when it comes to our Creator, we can–and should–be supremely vulnerable, especially when we realize that nothing we can do can make Him love us less, or more.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind;
Yes, all I need, in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Just as I am, Thou wilt receive,
Wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
Because Thy promise I believe,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!