September 13: Good Sunday morning, friends! I don’t know about you, but I am excited about today. It may be all COVID-19 out there, and we may still be meeting virtually for worship and Sunday school, but in my heart and mind I am scrunched up in a huge group hug with around 500-plus of you… and it feels so wonderfully good.
That’s why I chose this photograph to go with today’s post. I was sifting through some of the salvaged, rescued images that survived the smoke-coming-out-of-my-computer meltdown in the recent lightning strike – and this one just grabbed me.
The image was taken, aptly enough, at WFPC on Rally day a couple of years ago. A bunch of us were outside waiting, I think, for Luke’s drone to fly by and take a group photo. So I stuck my arm up to less-than-drone height and took this picture. Love it.
The discipleship folk asked a bunch of us to make a one-minute video for this morning’s worship service, talking about our classes and what to expect going forward. Of course I don’t have any idea what’s happening more than a couple of days out, but I do know that we are all in God’s good and gracious hands; and that is exactly where I want to be as a teacher.
The class is different from the men’s groups I facilitate, it’s Adult Education Sunday school. To be honest the format is easier, because there’s more teaching and less moderating of conversation.
So here – on this short video – is my spiel; one minute and ten seconds. What I’d like from you is a response to the following questions:
- “Hearing this, what would you expect/anticipate from my class?”
- “What would you be interested in learning more about, given this introduction?”
My reason for asking is simple: I’d like to possibly see a new book emerge from the next series of classes I teach. So any insight would be helpful.
So again, “HAPPY SUNDAY!!” Don’t miss the opportunity to be in church. And remember, it’s Rally Day! You could very well find exactly the place where God wants you to make a committed step forward as a serious disciple.
In love, and because love always wins – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.