Monthly Archives: April 2019

Strengthening The Disciples

Someone recently joked that I was a traveling preacher just like the Apostle Paul. They dubbed our work “Ken’s Missionary Journeys.”

Uh, not quite.

Our method of travel is smoother, more relaxing and quicker. Our accommodations have been very comfortable. And I have not been beaten. Stoned. Imprisoned. Or run out of town. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Purpose

“What our deepest self craves,” wrote Henry J. Golding, is not mere enjoyment, but some supreme purpose that will enlist all our powers and will give us unity and direction to our life.”

The key word in that quote is “purpose.” It is a word that seems to be more and more at the forefront of my mind.

Currently, Norma Jean and I are in Madrid, Iowa, for a month working with the brethren, these fine elders and their young preacher, Stefan Richardson. In addition to preaching once every Sunday, I’m teaching a class “Parenting with Purpose.” The concept behind the studies is to be, as Dr. Paul Faulkner puts it “an intentional parent.” Continue reading

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Did Peter Deny the Grace of God?

In reading Acts 12, I remembered an old sermon preached 50 years ago by the late Robert Jackson who raised the question, “Did Peter deny the grace of God?”

I remember it well, because I “borrowed” it and preached it several times in my early days of ministry.

The chapter records that Herod Antipas was harassing the church. He killed James with the sword. And then imprisoned Peter. Probably, Herod had in mind the same fate for Peter.

Luke records several divine acts that Peter experienced. Continue reading

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What Barnabas Saw At Antioch


Some time ago a nationally popular denominational preacher spoke to a group of Muslims that one blogger described as “cozying up to extremists.

Aside from that , one of the things that intrigued me was what he thinks the church needs to be fighting, what he called 5 global giants. — war, poverty, corruption, disease, and illiteracy. While I admit these are huge challenges and agree that as good citizens we ought to be concerned about them, is this the true, scriptural mission of the church? Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Acts 10

There’s an old saying that goes like this: “If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, then it must be a duck.”

However, things are not always what they seem to be.

A firefly is not a fly – it is a beetle.

A prairie dog is not a dog – it is a rodent. Continue reading

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A Major Milestone

Today we celebrate and want to share with our readers a major milestone for ThePreachersWord. Our 2000th post.

When we began this enterprise January 1,2012, we had no long term goals for this blog. No vision beyond the immediate. And no idea of its far reaching influence. And certainly no thought of writing 2000 posts.

ThePreachersWord was born when time and opportunity came together in an unplanned, unforeseen and unexpected way to expand our ministry from a local to a national and international outreach. Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Glory

Yesterday Norma Jean and I visited the Ellisville Church of Christ in the St. Louis area. We were blessed to worship with some wonderful brethren and hear a fine lesson by Ryan Boyer and be led in an insightful study of Biblical poetry.

Ryan illustrated how the poetry adds colorful dimension to the facts of the Bible by comparing Exodus chapter 14 and 15. Continue reading

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