Thoughts on Preaching I keep running into pastors who are trying to “get a message” for Sunday morning. Please stop. Please stop trying to impress, or “wow”, or prove yourself clever, or make them cry, or make them laugh, or make them like you, or think you are hip, or smart, or “balanced”, or sophisticated. … More Stop Trying to “Get a Message”
Politics, Climate Change and Entertainment Stossel on Is Sweden a Socialist Country? Bottom Line: Put the breaks on the the mad rush to socialism. AOC’s Green New Deal Proposal is . . . Ben Shapiro’s wit and wisdom give perspective on a new proposal from the current media darling. Insanity … More Weekend Links: Sweden’s Socialism; AOC; Pastor Arrested; Forgiveness; Jim Kelly family on Suffering and much more.
Listening to the radio, I heard it again this past week while we were traveling back to Illinois. Over the years, I have heard it from radio preachers, from pastors whose churches I have visited, from conference speakers and it bugs me. And it’s not just pastors. I have heard small group leaders say similar … More Pet Peeve About Preachers (1)
Wednesday is for Thinking Luke 1:67-80 Zacharias and His Benedictus (Blessing) There is a God, faithful and true, unblinkingly holy and righteous, who hates sin and yet is merciful and kind, indeed, whose love is described as a “lovingkindness.” He is a God who remembers all and keeps all of His promises. Zacharias has been … More I Need to Have Laryngitis for about a Year
Take your stained glasses off when you read the gospel of Matthew this year. Matthew is not just writing a history record. His gospel is history, absolutely, but he has a goal. He wants you, he wants us, he wants the world to bow in surrender to the King of Kings. He wants us to … More Matthew’s Radical Gospel
Sunday Afternoon Musings I quoted this passage from Stanley Hauerwas’ theological commentary on Matthew this week as I exposited the text from Matthew’s gospel (4:12-25). He was relating a story about Clarence Jordan. I just might spend the rest of my life studying the life of Clarence Jordan. What a great man of God! I’m looking … More Discipleship-More than Your Church Told You
In 40 years of ministry, I had never spoken on psalm 103. Glad to have finally had the opportunity. Here’s the audio link to yesterday’s message in South Carolina. Loved our time with the family of God at Manchester Creek. The text is Psalm 103. David commands his soul to bless the Lord. That’s what … More What Does It Mean to Bless the Lord?
Good teaching is not an accident. It is part of a process that begins in a bowed spirit, proceeds through a rigorous process of study, bathed in a spirit of prayer, and anticipating the empowering of God. John Piper’s advice has always been helpful. Pray with me and for all those around the world burdened … More John Piper’s Advice for Pastors (or anyone who teaches the Bible)
Middle Aged Pastor Bucks Hipster Trend and Shaves Beard Free Church pastor, Mortimer Johnson, boldly defied a national trend and shaved off his bushy, full beard and found out he was still relevant. When reached, pastor Johnson, who now desperately needs a tan, said, “I was afraid at first, what with all the young and … More A Babylon Bee-ish Post (Satire)
Last week I was at Calvary Bible Church in Bourbonnais, IL. It was a privilege to bring the Father’s Day message while their pastor was away for a brief vacation. Here’s the video (that I didn’t know was even happening!). I hope it blesses you.