by Jeff Schreve

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What Would Jesus Say About Your Worship? (2 of 6)
Series: The Heart of Worship
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Matthew 15:1

In June of 1996, Debbie and the girls and I moved from Houston to North Carolina to attend seminary at Southeastern Seminary. Now I had been out of school for a number of years. The Lord called me to preach when I was in my early 30s. And so it had been a number of years since I had been to school. And so I was a little nervous about going to school, but I was excited with all sorts of great classes to take in seminary. But there was one class in seminary that was the scary class. It was called Sermon Delivery. See, because in Sermon Delivery, that was the class where you had to stand up and preach for about 7 to 10 minutes to a group of preachers-to-be and the professor. And they all had a scorecard, and they were grading you.

Now there were two professors at Southeastern that taught this class. One was Dr. Sinclair and one was Dr. McDill. I had taken classes from Dr. McDill - loved Dr. McDill - but Dr. McDill was the Christian version of Simon Cowell. And I thought to myself when I thought about taking Sermon Delivery, I said, I'm not taking it with Dr. McDill. I'm not emotionally strong enough to stand up and have Dr. McDill critique my sermon. I'm not quite there yet. So I took Dr. Sinclair, and he was Simon Cowell, Jr. You know, it was just one of those things. I didn't really escape it. But it was a scary time, because they have their scorecards and they're grading you on gestures and they're grading you on eye contact and they're grading you on how fast you talk and how slow you talk and how you vary your speed and how you move and warmth and humor, and all these different things. We had this category of things to critique. And after you got done, all the students would give you their critique. And the one that mattered the most - obviously was the professor because he was going to give you the grade. And I remember that vividly in that ...

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