In the summer of 1963 a family friend, Buddy Fehrman, took me with him to preach for a little country church outside of Bloomington, Indiana. That was my first sermon.
During my Junior and Senior years of High School, the brethren gave me opportunities to preach on an appointment basis throughout central Indiana. I attended Florida College with one goal in my mind. To preach the gospel of Christ. During my college years, I was preaching on a regular basis.
In the 49 years Norma Jean and I have been married I have been preaching. Most of the time in a located work. Our ministry has taken us to Ohio, back to Florida twice, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, and now Texas.
But now the time has come for us to begin a new chapter in our lives. Continue reading
When I saw the headline “The Hottest Thing at Church Today,” I wondered what kind of new promotion or gimmick some mega church had devised enticing people to attend.
Then I read the post by blogger Tim Challies. Continue reading
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Same-sex marriage has been the law of the land in the United States since June 26, 2015. So far, Preachers who hold a conscientious, Scriptural objection have not been forced to perform such ceremonies
But could that change?
Apparently, Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Löfven, is prepared to force religious leaders to perform same sex marriages. Continue reading
Last week before leaving for Portland I posted about two British Evangelists being arrested for preaching Jesus. I have returned to learn that post has received an incredible amount of impassioned response. It has been shared over 10,000 times on facebook and has been viewed over 80,000 times on our blog site.
Here’s some context. Following by some important observations.
Yesterday was a long and tiring day. But a very rewarding one. Today promises more of the same. I’m in Irving, Texas, at the Westside Church speaking at their annual Young Preachers’ Workshop.
For the past 11 years the Westside preacher, Mark Roberts, and Warren Berkley who preaches for the Laurel Heights Church in McAllen, Texas, have offered this annual two day workshop for young preachers. While the topics change each year, their stated mission is the same: “Training preachers to preach the Word effectively and powerfully.”
YPW is not designed for doctrinal discussion, theological debates, or textual Bible study. Rather, it is an equipping and training opportunity to help young men learn the “nuts and bolts” surrounding the work of preaching. It is not theoretical, but practical. Continue reading
A preacher was greeting folks at the door after the service. A woman said, “Preacher, that was a very good sermon.”
Modestly the preacher replied “Thank you, but I have to give the credit to the LORD.”
“Well, It wasn’t THAT good!” she responded.
What is a good sermon? Continue reading
“If you’re not offending someone, you’re not preaching the gospel,” wrote blogger Mike Duran.
His statement reminds me of an expression I remember hearing from older preachers many years ago, “Just preach the Truth and let the chips fall where they may.”
Now, I understand the gist of both comments. In fact, Mike correctly writes about occasions where Jesus’ preaching was offensive to the Pharisees, Sadducees, and political leaders of His day. He was also plain-spoken with Peter and the other apostles when they needed to be corrected or rebuked. Continue reading