Preaching is Worship!

Posted by on Jan 31, 2013 in Books, Preaching, Quotations | 1 comment

Have you noticed how people refer to the singing in church as “worship time,” as if the other parts of the service are not part of our worship? This is troubling, because Christians should recognize that prayer, saying the creeds, giving, and especially the sermon, are all part of our worship of God. But I wonder if one of the reasons why people do not know this is that preachers have forgotten to worship God when they preach. We...

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Fred Luter Jr. Interview

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Interviews | 6 comments

Dr. Fred Luter Jr. is the Senior-Pastor of the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans. He is also the President of the Southern Baptist Convention, the first African-American to lead the convention. Knowing that Dr. Luter would be in town to speak at a conference, I reached out to see if could make time in his busy schedule to chat with me. Even though we had never spoken or met before, Dr. Luter graciously accepted my invitation for an...

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Notes from Sunday – 1/27/13

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

It has been a long, blessed weekend. We kicked off a new session of the 33 Series mens’ Bible study Saturday morning. We got off to a good start. Looking forward to the next 5 weeks. The 2013 JAX Pastors Conference was fantastic. I really needed David Jeremiah’s message on the Prodigal Son. Dr. Al Mohler’s message on heaven was phenomenal as well, and it was great to hear Dr. Fred Luther Dr. Brunson graciously invited me to...

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My Two Cents on Pulpit Plagiarism

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in Preaching | 14 comments

I stood, called my text, and began to preach. There was a weird response by the congregation. Something strange was happening, but I didn’t know what. I couldn’t catch the vibe. The congregation, to whom I had preached several times before, was tentative throughout the entire message. But I couldn’t figure out why. After I sat down, it all became clear. Someone leaned over to me and told me the speaker who had opened the...

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The Danger of “Church Growth” Books

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Books, Calvin Miller, Pastoral Ministry, Quotations | 2 comments

It struck me one day in a Christian bookstore that most of the “church growth” books I picked up in that store were not books on vision but on image. They hadn’t been published to help me see the world in a particular way but to help the world see me – were I a megachurch pastor – in a particular way. They were books that enticed the pastor of limited self-image to be like somebody else the world admired. What a...

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