WordPress tells me that today’s post is a major milestone. It’s #2500. Somehow it seems fitting that it fell on a Sunday.
We began ThePreachersWord on January 1, 2012, at ground zero. With no readers and no idea of writing 2500 posts, let alone its far-reaching impact. Today we have thousands of followers all across the United States and all around the world in over 200 countries and territories. Continue reading →
Last night we set our clocks back one hour to begin the semi-annual debate about Daylight Savings Time. Some like it. Others loathe it.
One sage quipped, “Daylight saving time: Only the government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and have a longer blanket.”
However, regardless of the time zone we’re living in, we should be conscious of the stewardship of time. The Bible exhorts us to “redeem the time” (Eph. 5:16). The means, as the ESV renders it, “making the best use of the time.” Continue reading →
Today is “National I Care About You Day, according to the calendar of unusual and little known holidays.
Appropriately this day falls on a Sunday this year. And we’re reminded we gather to worship our God who cares.
The Old Testament prophet affirms “The Lord of hosts cares for his flock (Zech 10:3). And the New Testament encourages us to “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (I Pet. 5:7). Continue reading →
Today, I’m worshiping with and preaching for the brethren in Cosby, Tennessee. We were here back in March when COVID-19 ramped up and they had to suspend their services, like so many other churches around the country.
So much has happened in the past 7 months that it seems almost surreal.
-Almost 8 million Americans have contracted COVID-19 and more than 39 million worldwide.
-Over 216,000 have died in the US, and more than 1.1 million people worldwide. Continue reading →
The etymology of the word “worship is from the Middle English “worshipe” which means “respect or reverence paid to a divine being.” It is derived from the Old English “weorthscipe” which means to “ascribe worth.”
In that regard, Mike Cosper in Rhythms of Grace wrote, “To our imaginations, it’s probably strange (at the least) or gross (at the worst) to envision anyone perpetually exalting himself. “We live in a world full of bluster and bragging, where Nicki Minaj boasts “I’m the best,” LeBron James tattoos “Chosen 1” across his shoulders, and everyone from pastors to porn stars are self-celebrating on Twitter and Facebook. The idea that God would be associated with anything like that behavior is disconcerting. Continue reading →
Today we’re worshiping with Eastside church in Shelbyville, Tennessee, where I’ve been holding a weekend meeting.
This is the first time I’ve preached at Shelbyville. And the first time to meet most of these brethren. But we’ve bonded quickly. Even though COVID-19 restricts shaking hands or hugging and respecting the physical space of others, our interaction is based on something greater. Continue reading →
A computer search of “worship” produced this article from 2016. I’m sure I didn’t write it, but there’s no name attached. If you know, let me know. But it’s worth our serious and sober reflection on this Lord’s Day.
There was a time in most churches when the services were focused upon worship that glorified God, and the preaching consisted of reverent instruction from the Scriptures. In some places, it’s still that way. On the other hand, drastic changes are underway in hundreds of churches across the land.
An article appearing in World magazine addressed this phenomenon. Note this quote: Continue reading →