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, 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 →
“Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile,” once quipped Billy Sunday, the baseball player turned preacher.
As a result of seeing so many professed Christians going to church, but not living out their profession in their daily lives, some have supposed that religion is a bad thing. “I’m not religious, but I’m spiritual,” has become a popular and oft-repeated mantra of many today. 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 →
COVID-19 has altered our lives in so many ways. And none more profoundly for pastors, preachers, and churches than the impact on our worship services.
All of my spring and summer meetings were canceled. In fact, most churches did not even assemble in their meeting houses for several weeks. During our travels to Montana and back to Florida, we were privileged to preach several Sundays at various congregations. Yet, it wasn’t quite the same. Continue reading →
“The name of Jesus is not so much written as plowed in the history of the world,” once wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson.
When the angel appeared to Joseph and said Mary had conceived a child of the Holy Spirit, He instructed, “You shall call his name Jesus. For he shall save his people from their sins.” Yet, there are over 200 names, titles, and designations for Jesus in the Bible that attest to his greatness, prominence, and Preeminence. Continue reading →