Start with Why

Deuteronomy 5:1-21; Mark 12:28-31


Good morning! This has been a really busy, productive summer for me. Besides the mission trip, I’ve been working on a couple of big projects. I borrowed the title of my sermon from a book by a management consultant named Simon Sinek. The full title of the book is Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action.

I’ve also been working through a companion book, Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team. I’m not doing this by myself; I’m working through that book with several other pastors from Monmouth Presbytery. One of the goals is to develop a greater sense of clarity within our congregations so that we are more effective at communicating who we are as a congregation. I believe this will equip us to be a more faithful witness to the love of God in the world. And if we do that well, people outside of these walls will want to know more about what we do.

Also, this summer, I launched a podcast with my dear friend, Charissa Howe. Many of you will remember her from my installation service. For those of you who weren’t there, Charissa is my best friend from seminary and we’ve been looking to collaborate on a creative project for quite a while. Those plans were put on hold once it became clear that I was moving to New Jersey, but now that I’m settled in, we decided it was time to launch.

The title of our podcast is Soft Idolatry. If you want to know the idea behind the title and listen to our podcasts, our website is called I’ll post links on our Facebook page. We decided that we wanted to start with a series on the Ten Commandments, because that’s one of the foundational scriptures that explains who we are as Christians and how we are called to engage with the world.

This is the first in a series of six sermons on the Ten Commandments.