Posts like this one ought to shape the way we not only preach, but the way we listen to preaching. From the perspective of a lay person in the pew, it’s up to us to do the work of listening and even praying while we listen. If God’s Word is being preached, and if we’re listening, there will be a hundred points of decision along the way–crossroads, if you will, between belief and disbelief. We have the opportunity to worship God at each of those little crossroads.

Ironically, I found myself thinking that one of the most powerful vehicles in worship for memorization and “content heavy lifting” is congregational song. There are a lot of songs out there that leave the content cart practically unloaded, and I’m grateful for the hymns we do have–both old and modern–that fill our minds with truth worth memorizing.