The Orange Bowl and Life in Ministry

First off – Rock Chalk Jayhawk K-U!

I watched the second half of the Orange Bowl last night and watched Kansas beat Virginia Tech 24-21. It was great to see a team from the state of Kansas win in a BCS bowl. Good times ๐Ÿ™‚

There were amazing changes of momentum in the game from interceptions, touchdowns, and great special teams plays. It made me think about life in ministry – there are often huge momentum changes throughout the course of a day, week, month, year, and even years. To be successful in ministry and in football it takes persistence, excellence and at least in ministry reliance on God’s grace and the work of the Holy Spirit.

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4 thoughts on “The Orange Bowl and Life in Ministry

  1. Well… see I sent just a nice little note of congratulations by email, but you have to drag my misery out into blogdom. ๐Ÿ™‚ Gotta give Kansas credit, they really beat us at our own game with special teams and took full advantage of our mistakes. And at least it wasn’t a blowout like the other two BCS bowls so far. We’ll see how the championship goes…

    I started thinking about coaching and ministry. I feel like Tech made a coaching mistake when they switched quarterbacks mid-drive after we just got two consecutive first-downs, then our inexperienced freshman quarterback gets sacked twice then throws the interception that gave Kansas their first points (I’m not bitter, really). How many times do we pastors make the wrong call but then maybe blame the players/people? On the other hand, how many times do we make the right call, but still give credit to the people executing it and not just credit to ourselves? I love football and church analogies… they combine my two passions. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Dan – Sorry about making it public, but not too sorry ๐Ÿ™‚ I am glad that it was a good game – regardless of who wins, it is more fun to watch a good game of football. Making sure that credit and / or blame go to the right place is a difficult thing sometimes, but an important task of leadership – both inside and outside the church.

  3. Great analogy.

    Momentum is so amazingly huge when it comes to the masses. I’ve wondered about this for awhile now. Most church literature would seem to have us tap into and produce momentum.

    Jesus avoided the momentum and he was crucified by it.

  4. Mark – Thanks, I am glad that the analogy works for you. Could you speak more to how Jesus avoided momentum? I would be interested in more of your thoughts here. Thanks!

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