Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Eph 1:3)
Like most (former) pastors, I am generally able to speak in public without too much effort. Need a word of welcome at the beginning of the children’s Christmas Pageant? You got it! A brief “devotional” thought on love for the Valentine’s Banquet? Sure thing, and if you give me more than five minutes’ notice, it might even be coherent.
I can pull off these sorts of stunts (my seminary education wasn’t a complete waste of time, after all!), but I would rather give more thought and preparation to what I say. So much of the platitudes we bandy about, especially in church, don’t really amount to much in the long run. I find that I am a much more effective communicator when I have something to say.
Paul had the right idea. He began his letter to the Ephesians with a lengthy meditation on the person of Christ. Christ was his theme, and he never strayed from it.