When I was writing sermons, I had a process. After I had looked at the readings and figured out what interested me, I started “reading around.” I might look at a biblical or theological journal, but just as often I would read a little history or science or Buddhism or business. Or something else. I was testing a guess or insight and looking for confirmation, depth or correction. Sometimes my guess was way off base and unusable. Other times I got lucky and realized I had a good idea to work with. Lucky or not, by the time I had finished “reading around,” I was clearer about what was going on in my own heart and mind and how the week’s readings had spoken to me.