I just got back from a week of vacation at beautiful Donner Lake. I hope some of you enjoyed the post I put up last week from the great mind of Patrick Lencioni. Good stuff in my opinion. Oh, and you know what else is good stuff? I think I had the best cup of coffee ever on my vacation. Philz coffee! I had a dark arabica "Philz way" (meaning the guy behind the counter puts the cream and sugar in the cup for you in Phliz preferred amount) and it was excellent. Gotta try it if you can. But I'm rambling . . . let me get back to my thoughts on pastors.Today I want to share a thought that really isn't as "deep" or "spiritual" as some of my other thoughts on pastors, but it's something that really stood out to me. Sometimes the littlest things in our spiritual leaders have a much bigger impact on us than those leaders ever know. Today I simply want to remember pastor Karl Overbeek for the fact that he always preached without notes. Karl was very kind to me when I worked as a youth pastor at Church of the Chimes (sounds like a mortuary but it's actually a church) in San Jose. Every Sunday Karl got up in front of his congregation and spoke without notes. I know it might be a little thing to you, but to me that was and still is very impressive. I've tried to do it over the years, but I'm just not very good at it - so to me Karl has always stood out as a great example of effective pastoral public communication. Without notes he was always smiling, winking, and nodding as he made direct eye contact with the people he loved and served. I'm still trying to learn how to publicly communicate like Karl. Do any of you have pastors you appreciate for their public communication abilities? Do tell . . .