I’m getting married in less than a month (!), so I’m naturally tuning in to all sorts of marriage thoughts and wedding thoughts. An article came across my email last week that fit this theme, and it’s one I happened to like quite a bit. (I sent it along to our own officiant, in fact.)
I think pastors should try to say fresh things and not feel like they have to come back to Ephesians 5 every time. We’re going to weave it in somewhere, probably, that the meaning of this marriage at its heart is that it is a symbol of covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church. But you don’t have to preach on Ephesians 5 every time and make that your main point every time. Because there are a hundred things to say that are fresh and good and powerful that will be needful for this marriage. (Read the rest here.)
Regardless of whether you’re a John Piper fan or not, I encourage you to take a look. Don’t expect a sermon; it seems plain this was a top-of-mind answer to a question about how he officiates weddings. It’s quirky, to say the least. But I felt like it was helpful… and not just about weddings.
But the article is first and foremost about weddings, so with the assumption that you (as a college minister) are likely asked to do preach at weddings OR at least to give relationship advice, I encourage you to take a look. Tomorrow, I’ll address some ways it speaks to the other speaking we do.