Monthly Archives: December 2022

Ministry Report 2022

“You’re not retired!” my wife, Norma Jean, exclaimed recently.

Her reaction was my response to her question, “What are you doing?”

“I’m working on a sermon series,” I replied.

I suppose in the traditional sense of retirement, I’m not. But if you define retirement as doing what you want to do, I am. I’m free from the typical demands of located church work. Free to schedule my Sunday’s and preach when and where I am able. Free to travel. And free, just to enjoy…well… some free time. Continue reading


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“Jesus Was Not Crucified on a Gucci Cross”

Today, we conclude our countdown of the top 10 posts of 2022 with this October post receiving the most reader views.


Candace Cameron Bure, the former Hallmark Movie Actress who is now with The Great American Family network, and known for her faith promoted a video to her Instagram followers on Sunday.

The video is a young girl, identified as Cherry Paul Ede, quoting a Fragile Dogubo poem. It has been shared on African social media with over a million views.

“I don’t know who needs to hear this, but Jesus was not crucified on a Gucci cross,” she said. “He didn’t have on a crown of Versace thorns or Nike shoes on his feet when the nails pierced through. There was nothing bougie about Calvary. That old raggedy wooden cross wasn’t even befitting to hold the carpenter’s son, but there our God hung, held on by His love for us, by His love for all.

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Is “Your Church” a “Red Door” Church?

This May post received the 2nd most reader views of any 2022 post. If you missed it, check it out. It offers you and the congregation where you worship some serious food for thought.


Nancy Kennedy, religious writer for our local Citrus County Chronicle recently wrote a column entitled “Red Door Churches” that caught my eye.

Kennedy relates touring a new meeting house of a church that had red doors. She learned that traditionally and historically, dating back to the medieval day that churches had red doors.

While the red door was symbolic of Jesus’ blood shed on the cross, thus reminding us of salvation in Christ, it also had a cultural significance.

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Are We in the “End Times”?

This March post received the 3rd most hits of our 2022 posts. Considering its context, bold assertions, and implications, it’s interesting to read it now, 9 months later.


“I am not saying that what we are seeing today is proof positive that Jesus is coming tomorrow,” opined Tony Evans in a recent sermon. “What I am saying is, it could be.”

Evans, the well-known 72-year-old preacher at the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas, is among those who are talking about “End Times” because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

His disclaimer notwithstanding, Evans went on to talk about Bible prophecy and supposedly connected the dots between the Old Testament prophecies regarding Israel, the church, the Second Coming of Christ, figurative language in the book of Revelation, the price of oil, and war in the Middle East.

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What Does the Bible Say About “Ethical Non-Monogamy”?

Today, we resume our countdown of the top 10 posts from 2022 while on our holiday blogging break. We’re down to the final four. This March post placed #4.


“Ask Amy” is a syndicated advice column by Amy Dickinson that is published in major newspapers across the country, including the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune

Recently Amy expressed her approval of a polyamorous relationship in response to parents whose son and daughter-in-law informed them that each has a “lover” with whom they spend time outside of their marriage.

In response to the signed “Bewildered Parents,” Amy offered this advice.

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Holiday Blogging Break

Good morning from Cold Citrus County

Well, the cold air arrived last night.  We’re waking up to 25 degrees.  BRRRR!

However, I  know many of you suffering from sub zero temperatures and blizzards would welcome a mere 25.  We hope and pray you all are safe.  And warm.

As you know we’re taking a holiday blogging break.  We’ve reblogged 6 of the top 10 posts of 2022 this week.  We will resume the final four on Monday.

Until then, we wish for each of you a wonderful weekend.  A Merry Christmas.  And worshipful Sunday.

God bless,


Here’s a link to the top posts of 2022.




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Turning Adversity Into A Benefit: How I began Blogging

This April post was #3000 since I began blogging. It was also the 5th most read post from 2022. It tells the story how and why I began ThePreachersWord.


WordPress informs me that today is a special milestone for ThePreachersWord. Our 3000th post.

Wow! That’s incredible.

The idea of writing and publishing a daily blog wasn’t even on my radar 6 months before I began. The background for this blog’s birth is a story that’s never been told. I’m telling it now because I’ve learned a valuable lesson that is too important not to share.

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Things Are Not Always as They Appear

We’re counting down the top 10 posts published in 2022 based on reader views during our holiday break. This one, with a funny story, ranked #6. Enjoy!


Louisianan Bob Oren Bass claims this is a true story.

A woman was flying from Seattle to San Francisco. Unexpectedly, the plane was diverted to Sacramento along the way.. The flight attendant explained that there would be a delay, and if the passengers wanted to get off the aircraft the plane would re-board in 50 minutes.

Everybody got off the plane except one lady who was blind. The man had noticed her as he walked by and could tell the lady was blind because her Seeing Eye dog, Buddy, lay quietly underneath the seats in front of her throughout the entire flight.

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What America Needs

As we continue our countdown of the top 10 posts from 2022 in terms of reader views this May post came in at #7.


During the past couple of days, I’ve been listening to politicians, political pundits, and experts from various fields discuss the “why” of the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that snuffed out the lives of 19 innocent little children.

This occurred just 10 days after a gunman went on a shooting rampage at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York where 10 people were shot and killed whose only crime was going grocery shopping.

Why are there so many of these mass shootings in America?

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Three Responses To the Reversal of Roe

During the holidays we’re taking a break and reblogging the top 10 posts of 2022. This post from June 28 received the 8th most hits of the year.


I was one of those who doubted that Roe v Wade would ever be overturned. Last Friday’s Supreme Court Decision by a 6-3 majority proved me wrong. Thankfully.

In the past 10 ten years, ThePreachersWord has published 19 posts regarding the sin of abortion. While we’ve been focused on the Biblical teaching regarding the sanctity of life and the grave moral wrong of abortion, it’s worth noting some key sentences from the majority opinion written by Justice Alito.

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