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Who is a Good Minister?

“He’s a good preacher,” is an often repeated phrase by Christians describing the preacher of their local congregation, or their favorite evangelist.

But what defines a good preacher?

Is it oratorical skills? Is it the ability to hold our attention spellbound? As long as it doesn’t exceed 30 minutes? And in some circles only 20 minutes. Is it his pleasing personality? His social skills? His affable demeanor? His administrative organization? His novel ideas? Continue reading

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My Model For Ministry

G. Campbell Morgan in his book entitled “Preaching,” tells a story about an eminent preacher who approached the great English actor William Charles Macready with a perplexing question.

“I wish you would explain to me something,” the preacher asked.

“Well, what is it? I don’t know that I can explain anything to a preacher,” replied the actor. Continue reading

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2020 Preaching and Travel Schedule

Norma Jean and I are on the way to Pompano Beach, Florida, where I will be preaching for the Northside church of Christ for the month of January.  It will give my friend and their local preacher, Steve McAllister a short “sabbatical,” from the pulpit and provide for me a wonderful opportunity to enjoy fellowship with these fine folks and share the Word.

We’re often asked by friends, brethren, and readers of ThePreachersWord about our travels, where we’ll be living, and where I’m preaching throughout the year.  Although there are some gaps to fill in regarding specific meetings and preaching appointments, here is our basic schedule for 2020.  (For periodic updates you can check the schedule tab on this blog site). Continue reading

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2019 Ministry Report

In June 2018 we stepped away from full time located work and launched this new ministry phase of our lives.

We began with the idea of freeing ourselves from the limitations of working with one local church and combining travel with ministry opportunities. It has been both rewarding and exciting.

Here’s a short review of our travels and preaching opportunities for 2019 Continue reading

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The Aim and Impact of Preaching

“The task of the preacher,” once quipped Vance Havner, “is to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable.”

Commentator Dale Ralph Davis expressed it this way: “There is always this tension in the word of God, and any authentic messenger of that word knows and lives in it. If a preacher, for example, never places you under the criticism of God’s word, never tells you your sin but only smothers you with comfort, you must wonder if he is phony.” Continue reading

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Taking Preaching Seriously

Last night we watched an old episode of the Andy Griffith show that was entitled “A Sermon for Today.”

Andy and Opie are ready for church and trying to get Aunt Bee off the phone gossiping with her friend Clara.

When we arrive at the “All Souls Church,” the congregation is singing “Holy Spirit, Truth Divine.” All the while the ladies are looking across the auditorium miming appreciation for each other’s hats. Barney fumbles to keep his place in the hymn, and is saved from embarrassment when Andy stops him from applauding the guest speaker.” Continue reading

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Attitudes Toward God’s Word

 

Several years ago during National Bible Week, the then host of the Tonight Show, Jay Leno, did one of his on-the-street interviews.

Leno asked, “Can you name one of the Ten Commandments?”

“God helps those who help themselves,” offered one person.

“Freedom of speech,” guessed another.

“Name one of the apostles,” Leno challenged. Continue reading

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Farewell My Canadian Brethren

Yesterday I preached my final sermon and taught my last class for the summer at Wellandport, as we said goodbye to our Canadian friends and brethren. Today we will be crossing the border back into the United States.

The past 2 months have been a real joy and a tremendous blessing as Norma Jean and I transition into a new phase in our lives. We determined some time ago to “retire” from what we call located work with one congregation, but not retire from preaching.

The Wellandport brethren have been wonderful. They have graciously received us and welcomed us to make our temporary home with them as we traveled throughout Ontario and shared the Word. Continue reading

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A Charge To Keep

In his book Presidential Praise: Our Presidents and Their Hymns, authors C. Edward Spann and Michael E. Williams Sr. note that the title of President George W. Bush’s autobiography, A Charge to Keep, was drawn from Charles Wesley’s hymn.

Apparently, this title choice was an indication of the influence this 18th-century hymn had on President Bush, as well as so many others in the past 250+ years. Continue reading

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Don’t Use the “R-Word”–At Least Not Yet

“So, I hear that you’re retiring,” a friend said to me recently.

“Don’t use the ‘R’ word,” I replied.

“Oh, I thought you were leaving West main?”

“Well, I am at the end of May. But I’m not retiring from preaching.”

After a puzzled look, I explained that I am leaving local work, but seeking a more  flexible schedule that allows for a broader ministry in the brotherhood. Although I will turn 70 in March, my health is good and I still feel very energetic.

Since my December post announcing this new chapter in our lives, some of our plans have taken shape. In addition to my love of preaching, are traveling and enjoying the fellowship of brethren in other locations. So, we are going to combine the two for a period of time.

This summer we are spending 7 weeks in Welland, Ontario, Canada. The church in Wellandport will serve as our “home base.” Their preacher and my friend, Michael Stephens, is my liaison to the Canadian brethren. We’ve already scheduled a gospel meeting, a VBS, a men’s class and some studies on “Evidences” at Wellandport. As time permits, there will be other opportunities throughout Ontario.

Following this, we will take our annual anniversary trip in August to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. This will take us to both Rome and Athens where we look forward to meeting and worshiping with brethren in those cities.

When we return we have Fall meetings already scheduled. In addition to meetings in Texas, currently, we have speaking engagements that will take us to Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida.  Possibly we could add one or two more meetings to our Fall schedule.

Sometime in November, we will make our way to Florida, where our daughter, Rachél and her family live.  By then, our son, Kenny, and his wife, April, will have moved back to Florida, where she will begin her full-time medical practice. Since our children and grandchildren will be in central Florida, we anticipate making that our “home base” for at least 5-6 months a year. We are working on some potential preaching opportunities around Florida and maybe into the Carribean.

We already have meetings scheduled for 2019 and beyond and are looking to add to that schedule as well as speak on an appointment basis. Hopefully, the Canadian work will serve as a model where we can spend 4-8 weeks in various localities and offer support, encouragement and spiritual edification to the brethren while we are there. We want to be used in whatever way we can serve as the brethren and the Lord see fit for as long as we can.

The Shepherds and the West Main Church Family have been incredibly considerate and understanding of our decision. We are indebted to them for their support during this transition.

During this time we plan to continue ThePreachersWord. We’re looking forward to meeting some of our readers in other localities, especially in Canada and Europe, in the months ahead.

We solicit your prayers on our behalf for fruitfulness in the Kingdom and safety in our travels.

—Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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