One of the questions I often get from emerging writers is this one: How do you create a lot of good content at a regular pace. Over the years, I’ve been blessed with opportunities to write for a variety of outlets on topics I enjoy. I write regularly for ERLC and am a regular contributor to several other publications.
Every writer has their own rhythms, but perhaps there are some things you can learn from what has helped me. Here are six things I do in my life to be a productive and consistent writer.
Friday’s coming. I can’t wait. I’m just working for the weekend right now. It’s almost here.
Some weeks are like that – we’re so tired or worn down that we’re thinking about the next Friday during Monday’s commute to the office. If it’s only the occasional week it’s normal. If it’s a few weeks in a row we’re due for a vacation. But if working for the weekend is the norm we’ve gotten things twisted.
A growing congregation is the kind of problem every pastor wants. Not many pastors overall see much if any numeric increase in membership during their tenures, let alone the kind Ramsey saw in Nashville. But growth brings its own challenges. And many pastors who thrive in a church’s dynamic growth stage struggle to manage increasingly complex structures and leadership burdens when their congregations demand them.
David Murray on two articles he read recently:
When I read these articles I was struck by the contrast with so many Christian deathbeds that I’ve been present at. Yes, some Christians do look back with regret on parts of their lives, but they also know that all their sins, failings, shortcomings are covered with the blood of Christ. What a difference that makes to a person’s peace when dying. They don’t need to live longer to make up for the past with more good works in the future. Their record is clear, their conscience is clean.
As I began meditating on Sunday’s sermons, I began performing a self-evaluation of my life, character, and spiritual development in light of the three biblical characters we studied. We focused our attention on the story of Esau selling his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of soup (Gen. 25:19-34) in the evening, and the life of Stephen in the morning (Acts 6). We know Esau was an unbeliever and Jacob, at this time in life, hasn’t had an encounter with the Lord. As a result, these guys are both dirty rotten scoundrels and while it may be difficult to evaluate ourselves using Esau and Jacob, I think we all have some Jacob and Esau in us. But through the transformative work of Christ through the Holy Spirit we have some Stephen in us too.
When the storms of life wreak havoc on all you know and love, what theological truths anchor your soul? What doctrines do you turn to when the world around you seems to give way under your feet? What truths about God bring you the most comfort when life is uncertain and nothing makes any sense?