The key practice for a preacher writing his sermon notes is to write not what he wants to say but what he would say on that topic if he had no notes at all.  


What I've learned in a few months as a part-time editor.

  1. You can't edit your own writing.
  2. Editing other writers makes you a better writer.
  3. The best writing has been edited multiple times.
  4. Excellent editors are the dunedain of Christian publishing.
  5. All editing is better with coffee.


Technology is amoral, but design and use are not. Surgeons don't operate with cleavers. Criminals don't assault with scalpels. 


And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O LORD who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,’ I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant.
— Genesis 32:9-10

The recipients of God's covenant, steadfast, merciful love and benevolence are also those who find themselves wrestling with God. Deceivers become Wrestlers. Grace makes unexpected transformations.

And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, ‘Let me go, for the day has broken.’ But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’ And he said to him, ‘What is your name?’ And he said, ‘Jacob.’ Then he said, ‘Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.’ Then Jacob asked him, ‘Please tell me your name.’ But he said, ‘Why is it that you ask my name?’ And there he blessed him. So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, ‘For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.’
— Genesis 32:24-30