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28 August, 2008

If you had only ten minutes to preach to some of the most important and influential people in the world, what would you say?

It sounds like a question seminary students would get in an introductory preaching class. Well, sometimes it’s not hypothetical — my pastor in Aberdeen, Dominic Smart, is preaching the upcoming Sunday morning service in Aberdeenshire near the royal summer residence at Balmoral, and Queen Elizabeth II and not a few of the rest of the British royal family will be in attendance.

There won’t be much of a sermon; he’s allowed ‘8-10 minutes’ for the message, and they’re apparently very strict on time. Now, there are a million things you could think of to preach on in front of such influential people — this would be your fifteen minutes of fame, your day in the sun.

So what’s Dominic gonna preach? Well, he told me: 10 minutes from Psalm 40 that the vicarious obedience of Jesus Christ in fulfilling all righteousness on our behalf is the very heart of the Christian gospel.

I would hope that any seminary worth its salt would accept that as just about the best answer to such a question you could give. He’s only got 10 minutes, yet he’s preaching the same thing we all need to hear week in and week out — the gospel isn’t the only thing to preach, but it’s always the most important thing and the most foundational thing. We’ll be praying for you, Dominic, and for the Word to accomplish all the purpose for which the Holy Spirit sends it out (Isaiah 55:11).

  1. 28 August, 2008 11:51 pm

    As a confessed anglofile, that is sooo cool! Seriously!

    Definitely a wonderful opportunity, we will be praying for Pastor Smart.

  2. creedorchaos permalink*
    29 August, 2008 12:21 am


    Thanks. If possible, I’ll try to get a transcript of the message. And if you want, I can relay the stories of how the weekend goes at Balmoral (he’s spending Saturday and Monday with the family as well).


  3. creedorchaos permalink*
    29 August, 2008 10:23 am

    hey colemanation of sinner and saint. wuttup. got a post for c or c? 🙂

  4. James L permalink
    29 August, 2008 12:30 pm

    The question reminds me of Paul before Felix: “And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.” Acts 24:25. Great post, I’ll be praying for him!


  5. creedorchaos permalink*
    29 August, 2008 2:17 pm

    hahaha. we’ll pray that the royal family trembles with rejoicing at Rev. Smart’s good news proclamation.

  6. 29 August, 2008 9:01 pm

    That would be great. If you want, you can e-mail it: chrisafari at gmail dot com

    I don’t know if I could follow up that excellent Brian Blake post! When are you going to write a post for my blog?

  7. 30 August, 2008 10:10 am

    anytime you want bro. hey my old comp won’t let me comment on your blog for some reason. i usually use alisia’s but she and iz are at a girl get together. so here’s my comment on saisons:
    i’m one of the guys that just loves sours. the more sour the better. i especially liked the belle proximus that you and aaron brought over. that is still the best ale i’ve ever savored. but not all sours are sour. our beloved matt h brought over a sour one evening and it was far from sour. not even close to bp. so i’m hoping that the last saison that you listed on your blog is similar to bp. soooooo good.
    tell your folks i said hi and still remember their hospitality.
    love u man.

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