Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Last Lecture

I have been redeeming the time on my morning and evening commute by listening to books on CD that I borrow from the public library.  I recently listened to Dave Ramsey's Entreleadershp, a book on leadership and business.  It was so good I listened to it twice.

Last night I picked up two more books on CD. I tried listening to the first one by a well-known sales and business author that I've read before.  His other books were very good, but this one I had to turn off.  It was so humanistic and built on a premise of selfishness in contradiction to biblical teaching.  I found myself shaking my head in disagreement over and over.   Pretty bad when the subject of the book was having an attitude of "Yes";  I just kept saying "No".

But now I'm listening to Randy Pausch's book The Last Lecture.  The presentation known as "The Last Lecture" is available on Youtube and became famous a few years ago.  Originally designed as a series to stretch professors into thinking about their greatest contribution and professional journey, this lecture was particularly poignant because Dr. Pausch had only months to live when he gave it.  It is very sobering.  It makes me reflect on what my final sermon would be about.  These thoughts brought back the lyrics of an old church hymn.  They go, "I love to tell the story, 'twill be my theme in glory, to tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love." 

If I preach anything, let it be the story of Jesus.


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