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You might memorize your sermons. Do the people of your congregation?

What if while people were leaving worship this weekend said to you, "Pastor, your sermon moved me. Can I get a copy of it so that I can memorize it?"

It doesn't seem possible, I know. God might touch people's lives through our sermons and transform hearts and minds through the Word proclaimed. They might even look forward to listening to it again online. But memorize it?

And yet, that's what Soren Kierkegaard did as a child.

Author Mark J. Tietjen writes in his recent book about Kierkegaard's influence in Christianity, "Kierkegaard was reared as a Lutheran and a member of the Danish state church, and the family had a deep admiration for their pastor, Bishop Jacob Peter Mynster, curate at the church of Our Lady in Copenhagen. Kierkegaard recalls in his journals how Mynster's sermons were read as devotionals by his family and how his father encouraged him to memorize sermons he heard in church" (Kierkegaard: A Christian Missionary to Christians).

I don't believe Kierkegaard's childhood pastor ever anticipated or expected people to memorize his sermons. However, most likely he did take such care at delivering such a life changing, faithful, and Christ centered sermon that people took time to memorize it. This is something that every pastor today can aspire to. Don't waste any Sunday or any moment that you have to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Give your congregation your absolute best in your sermon. Preach from your heart and your mind. Leave it all in the pulpit. Your people will truly thank you.

#MarkTietjen #SorenKierkegaard

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