Written by cycleguy on March 10th, 2016


How’s that for a title? An overwhelming title at that? It’s so overwhelming I asked Ryan to preach this week. 🙂

Actually, he will be leaving for a mission trip to Liberia, Africa on March 28th (You can pray for he and Hope and their three children…plus the two foster children they picked up last Monday) so I asked him when he would like to preach. He chose this week since it worked best for his preparation (both trip and regular duties).

You gotta admit…I dodged a bullet. I mean, how in the world does one go about preaching about God? That is a such a vast subject and truthfully, it can never be exhausted.

I’ve seen his outline and it looks like he will do a fine job.

I’m taking the Sunday off and attending a church in Terre Haute, one we tend to worship at when I am out of the pulpit. I leave-not because Ryan does a lousy job (he doesn’t), but because if I am here it is still “my show.” I want people to go to Ryan and see him as a perfect complement to my ministry. For this Sunday he is “da man.”

So…I’d like to ask you to pray for him. Pray for the people who are here to listen. Our Spring Break starts so many head out of Dodge. I KNOW he will be glad to know you prayed for him.


12 Comments so far ↓

  1. Sounds like win-win for you both

  2. floyd says:

    Praying for Ryan, his family, and the church, Bill. Enjoy your time away.

  3. Will keep Ryan in my prayers, Bill! Enjoy a Sabbath rest. 🙂

  4. Betty Draper says:

    Thank God brother you are not threaten by another filling the pulpit. I think it’s wise of you to step aside so another can be used.

  5. Jeff says:

    I just felt something a little disconcerting about your thoughts on “my show” and “my ministry”. Do you really think it is about you?

    • cycleguy says:

      No I don’t think it is about me. Although I do see your point. Unfortunately people will be people & will put undo emphasis on my (the pastor’s) role in the church & make statements like “I came to your church” or “I liked your church.” I know what they mean but it is human nature to look for someone to laud. That is why I said “‘My ministry.” As for “my show” again people see it as a compliment to “praise the pastor.” I try to deflect those types of comments. I want them to see Ryan is part of the team-a vital part. If I am there they still look me up. Hope that explains it well enough and helps get rid of the “disconcerted” feeling. Thanks the comment Jeff.

  6. Linda Stoll says:

    Just super that you’re taking a sabbath rest yourself, Bill. May your soul and body be refreshed by the break …

  7. Ceil says:

    Hi Bill! I sure hope the talk on God went well. I’m sure Ryan did a great job. I hope you had a good rest, and learned new things in Terre Haute. I would think it would be fun to hear another pastor’s view, and sink into another community.

    Drive safe!