Today was one of those days.
When I preach at our contemporary service, I typically use a Keynote presentation tied to my iPad through a wireless network as a remote. The way I preach through a sermon is to have the next slide in sight on the iPad, which allows me to talk kind of fluidly. It's a style that's worked for me for a while, but today crashed and burned in tremendous fashion.
The iPad REFUSED to connect to the computer, and so I was left to preach a sermon without the aid of any notes at all. I knew the three big points I meant to have with me, but beyond that I had to make up a lot of what I was saying on the spot. Not my favorite sermon to preach ever.
God is good, and a lot of people seemed to think afterwords that God had spoken through me in the message. That was literally the only choice, as I didn't have much to offer the conversation on my own anyway. Funny how sometimes a little humility shows up just when we need it.
In the aftermath, I'm thinking hard about adjusting my preaching style. I've been doing the Keynote thing for a long time, so it might be time to find a new schtick. In the meantime, you can bet that I'll be avoiding technology like the plague.
More to come.