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Gettysburg Address was 272 Words, So are These 2 Sermons

Today, I had the honor and privilege of preaching at Parkview Christian Church, Wooster, Ohio. I wanted to do something totally different, and with the help of my friend, Ron Maxwell, we did.


Some time ago, I heard the Gettysburg Address was only 272 words. Some consider it the most important speech in American history (see here). President Abraham Lincoln shared his remarks at the dedication of the Soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa. His remarks lasted three minutes, and they still resonate today.

Given what Lincoln accomplished in 272 words, I always wondered what it would be like to write and deliver a 272–word sermon. In my mind, I thought about creating something called The 272 Project. I envisioned it as a preaching festival where all of the preachers would deliver messages of 272 words: No more, no less.

Well, this morning I had the opportunity to preach not only one, but two 272–word sermons. I appreciate Parkview’s senior minister, Brian White, giving me the opportunity to preach. He had no idea what I was going to do, and he wanted to be surprised. So, we surprised him.

After the worship team opened the service, we had communion and we took up the offering. I explained to the congregation this idea I had about The 272 Project, then Ron Maxwell came up to present the Gettysburg Address. Interestingly, a woman came up after the sermon and told me she did not realize how relevant the address was even to this day. The praise team played Awake My Soul, and then I preached. Here is the video:

The Parkview Address

What does God’s Presence Mean to You?

This Sunday, March 3, I will be preaching about God’s presence at Parkview Christian Church. It is one thing to ponder God’s presence and quite another to practice it.

God's presence

I am excited about the opportunity to share God’s word. I preached from 1994-2003 at Mount Washington Church of Christ in Hillsboro, Ohio, so I am no stranger to the pulpit. I have, on occasion, preached at Parkview.

Did I tell you I was excited about preaching? But, then, as you start to think and read and study about this subject, it gets a little daunting. The topic is massive. Where do I start? What do I include? What do I exclude?

When you think about God’s presence, what goes through your mind? How he walked with Adam and Eve in the garden in the cool of day? How he was with the Hebrews during their 40 years of wandering in the desert? How he was a pillar of smoke during the day and a pillar of fire at night in the tabernacle? How his glory filled the temple?

As you can see in the above photo, a picture of a page in one of my notebooks, I am thinking about the general theme, how life is better in God’s presence. As I thought about this, we want to be in God’s presence. When do we want to be there? All of the time, right?

If that is indeed the case, then we want to live in God’s presence, and we want to die there, too.

Hell is sometimes referred to as separation from God, so, in a sense, it is separation from God’s presence. However, we must toss in a caveat. God is everywhere, so this separation is a spiritual separation, and the Bible does not describe it as a particularly enchanting state to be in.

There are a lot of things to consider as I put this sermon together, and if you are in Wooster on March 3, I would love to worship with you. Our worship service begins at 10 a.m. Parkivew Christian Church is at 1912 Burbank Road, Wooster.

Leadership Fundamentals with Dean Hammond, Session 1

Dean Hammond has a passion for leadership and teaching the fundamentals of leadership. This has been evident from his ministry at Parkview Christian Church and during his time teaching at Cincinnati Christian University.

Leadership with Dean Hammond

Dean Hammond teaching a leadership development course at Parkview Christian Church, Wooster, Ohio.

Hammond began teaching a new group at the church about leadership. He has done this several times with Parkview and other congregations. Not only does he teach leadership, but he practices what he preaches and teaches.

Hammond recently stepped down as Parkview’s lead minister, a role he has filled for the past decade, to make way for new leadership. However, lead minister Brian White and outreach minister Joe Rubino asked Hammond to stay on staff in order to continue to mentor them. The elders, the group who oversees the church’s operations, agreed the arrangement would be beneficial.

With Hammond settling into his new role as an associate minister, he will focus more on teaching, which is a passion of his. Part of that teaching is the leadership development course he is now leading. The first session was Jan. 12.

Here is Hammond’s definition of leadership:

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Here are some of the highlights from Session 1:

  1. The simplest and most inclusive definition of leadership is influence. (This was a quote from John Maxwell’s “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.”)
  2. Right now there is a lack of leadership, a vacuum.
  3. In order to reach the highest levels of leadership and influence, you have to make a personal connection.
  4. Among the most important traits of a leader are character and integrity.

Hammond summed up what he was trying to accomplish by telling the group:

What we are hoping to accomplish through this monthly discipline is to fully develop into men and women of integrity. Men and women who will become wholesome, genuine, effective and influential leaders.

Hammond will be leading the class the second Saturday of each month.

Update: Something I should have included is that Hammond said when he taught leadership at Cincinnati Christian University, he had used secular authors. What he discovered is that all of the leadership principles they were writing about and he was teaching ultimately came from the Bible.

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