In the summer of 2016, a national magazine, asked for an article on the Priesthood of Believers. Here’s what I sent them. (See link in blue.) Commanded to Function as Priests In a post-COVID-19 world, it is imperative that the church rediscover the priesthood of all believers. A gospel confined to the four walls of … More The Priesthood of Believers
“Oh God, give us such preaching. In every church, give us pulpits that have one fear, one desire and through them, shake the foundations of the nation for Your glory. In the name of the Risen One, we ask it. Lord, would You make me one of those men. Amen.”
Preaching–the need of our hour in history As one who has taught preaching at the seminary level, been a practicioner of preaching for more than 30 years, and believes that expository preaching has a place in both house church settings and the more traditional church–this story from Kairos Journal brought great joy to my heart. … More The Pulpit at Le Chambon
Preparing for Sunday Helped, along with 4,600,000 others by Fernando Ortega and an old hymn. Maybe all of us preacher types ought to remind ourselves that we need Jesus every hour. Maybe we would be more effective in reminding our congregations that they do too.
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