One of my biggest problems in sermon writing is what people call “analysis paralysis” – I get so involved studying for a sermon that, eventually, the more I study, the worse it becomes.
1. Do a Two-Minute Warning.
To cure this I started implementing something I call my “two-minute warning.” I stole it from my high school head football coach. Our high school football team went to the state championship (mostly due to our incredible coach and not so much because of the talent on the team).
Every Thursday at the very end of practice, the night before the big game, we would do what he would call the “two minute drill.” He would line us up on our own 10-yard line and then say, “Guys, you have two minutes to put the ball in the end zone.”
As the quarterback everything came rushing together — all the adrenaline, everything we had practiced, all the tips and ideas from our coaching staff — it all collided at that moment and forced me to quickly deduce what I needed to do to put the ball in the end zone.
I do a similar thing when I