I am cleaning out file cabinets of former classes I have taught. It’s one of those tasks aging parents ought to do because most of what we have accumulated through a lifetime of ministry and life are of little value to our children. And frankly, at this point in my life, they are of little … More “A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words.” Really?
A few weeks ago, I had the happy opportunity to preach the evening service at a friends church. Before the service, I, my friend (one of the pastors at the church), and three elders gathered for introductions and prayer. When my friend introduced me as a former seminary professor of preaching, one of the men … More What to Remember About Preaching
Men who are committed to expositing the word of God have a duty to study the whole of Scripture. Maybe one of the most relevant books of the Bible for our time and our nation is the book of Jeremiah. He is sometimes called the “weeping prophet” because of the agony he experiences over his … More Plans and Projects for Reading Jeremiah
I’m not a political junkie. But I did write a book on political leadership. It was a study through all the passages in the book of Proverbs that mentioned words like “king”, “governor”, “ruler” and words associated with ruling or judging. It was a close examination of what these leaders were commanded to do, what … More Doing Justice: The Job of Leaders
This post was started about a month ago when I woke up with some random thoughts on communication and couldn’t go back to sleep. So I got up wrote them down. Read my Bible, read a chapter in a book and went back to bed around 4:30 AM. I found it in my unfinished files … More Waking up at 4:30 in the morning with thoughts about communication. Completely random.
The king was evil and powerful. He knew what he wanted and was willing to do anything to get it. He was a fist-in-the face-of-God leader and was willing to pay for the answers he wanted. Four hundred of his lackeys were flattering his ego. And one lone prophet of Judah stood up to him … More For the Love of Christ, Give Us Men Like This!
[Dateline: October 15, 1950] I’m reading a military history book. It was a national bestseller when Penguin Random House published it in 2018. Hampton Sides, the author, tells the epic story of “Chosin Reservoir—the Greatest Battle of the Korean War”. ON DESPERATE GROUND is a compelling read. This morning, I was in chapter 7 which … More A Warning to Pastors and Others Who Lead
The king was evil and powerful. He knew what he wanted and was willing to do anything to get it. He was a fist-in-the face-of-God leader and was willing to pay for the answers he wanted. Four hundred of his lackeys were flattering his ego. And one lone prophet of Judah stood up to him … More For the Love of Christ, Give Us Preachers Like This!
While studying today I found this gem. “The moment you begin to testify for the Lord, someone will oppose you. . . . John Calvin lived in Switzerland as a refugee from France. John Knox, the Scottish Presbyterian, lived in danger of his life, because of government opposition to his preaching. John Wesley was stoned, … More What Stops You?
These twelve things, are more important than whatever your pastor preaches from week to week and whatever music is used from week to week. If these results are happening in your church, stop complaining about EVERYTHING else and rejoice in what God is doing in your midst. If they aren’t happening, pray for your leadership … More Twelve Things that are More Important than Preaching and Music at Your Church