National Exposure

National Exposure

This week I particularly struggled with my preaching preparation. Don’t get me wrong, it is always a battle – to get the right idea from God in the first place, to shape it around one key phrase, to have enough content but not too much, to ensure there is something for everyone, to have a good biblical basis for what I believe God wants to say, to include humour and stories, to create enough structure for those who need it, to have good application and of course keep to time! So it’s no small task at the best of times. But this week it seemed an extra struggle. I was behind in my preparation, which always adds some tension to the process. And to top it all there was going to be a video reporter for the Guardian on-line newspaper in the service.

Now the spiritual ones among you will say ‘Nic that shouldn’t make any difference, you’ve just got to be yourself etc etc’. But of course we all know that I’m not quite that sanctified. It’s not that I particularly worried about my hairdo as some or our female preachers might, or that I had a particularly extensive set of wardrobe choices before me. But what if I said the wrong thing, or was taken out of context, had snot on my face, or had left my flies undone. So many pitfalls for the unwary preacher

In the end the preparation for my preach seemed to come together at about 11pm on the Saturday night, Phewwww!

The Sunday service came and went in a bit of a blur, at its normal breakneck speed. Occasionally I stopped to wonder what our two journalist friends were making of it. Would anyone in the congregation give them any particularly hilarious footage – I tried not to look.

After the service, I chatted and prayed with people as usual, and finally was interviewed by the reporters in the courtyard. I wasn’t sure how I would react. They were both very friendly, were both called John, and seemed easy to talk to. One filmed while the other asked evermore probing questions about Frontline and what difference we should, could or would make to our society. For someone who is not a natural talker (remember I’m the guy who likes to sit in a coffee shop with a good book and not be disturbed), I was pleasantly surprised how much I had to say; and not only that, but how much I enjoyed it. I have no idea what the piece will sound like when finished, as you can virtually make anyone say anything with clever editing. In fact with so many other contributors, they may not even use my footage. What I do know is that I enjoyed the sense of good natured sparring, having to rely on God for what to say next, and hopefully saying a few things that Jesus would be proud of. They both went away happy with John’s gospels and copies of ‘Why Jesus’.

The piece should be published in the guardian on-line in about a week. No doubt the Frontline website will alert us as to when that happens.

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  1. Tim says:

    Thought it was a great preach nic. And wondered about how you’d prepared for it. Just hope it’s a positive piece for the church although Julie Con seemed to think it would be.

  2. Great stuff Nic, youre doing a brilliant job and am loving the blog

  3. john harding says:

    it was a really good, clear, challenging preach – my mate who’s not a christian said he’d really enjoyed what you’d said!

  4. Julie CONNOLLY says:

    I would not have liked to preach while they were there, but you did well Nic. They interviewed me after the preach about what ‘mountains’ people from the church would addres in society, so they were listening! But Nic, what female preachers are concerned about their hair!!

  5. nic harding says:

    thanks for all the positive comments guys.
    can’t think who that would be Julie!

  6. Peter Kirk says:

    What you said as reported by the Guardian was excellent, and so was the whole article. You clearly touched John Harris’ heart. I have posted my reflections about this, mainly on your words, on my blog: Taking over mountains from the grass roots.

  7. Stella says:

    Are you people out of your minds? Who makes your healthcare decisions now? The insurance companies! If there are death panels now, th&21#8ye7;re run by the insurance companies too and whether you live or die is determined by how much money your life is worth to them. You’d rather have an insurance company bean counter make the crucial calls regarding your health instead of a professional government bureaucrat? Then you’re a fool.

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