Here's the text I am preaching Luke 14:1,7-14.
I read this book for its amazing insights into desire and economics: The Idolatry of God by Peter Rollins, he can be followed here. Rollins is a unique voice on the Christian landscape, I think some of his thoughts are downright dangerous, which is very attractive to me. Our thinking about Christ ought to be dangerous. Here's a clip of him talking about the book:
This. and this amazing blog post from an amazing blog that everyone should read.
Finally, about sermons: I've heard that someone once asked the famous preacher, Fred Craddock, "Wow, that sermon was great, how long did it take you to write it?" His answer, "Oh that took me 62 years to write." Contrary to what some of my professors advised, all preachers are working out their own stuff in the pulpit, anything less than that is boring, or worse: a lie, woven to protect the hearers from the Gospel.