On Whooping

The first preacher to influence me was my father. He was more of an orator than a whooper. His preaching had a rhythm and cadence. But he, and most of his preaching colleagues, were not real whoopers. Then it happened. I heard whooping. Real whooping. At the conclusion of the sermon, the preacher turned his […]

A Neglected Key to Effective Ministry

I studied what scripture teaches about spiritual leadership. And my eyes were opened about how the Lord governs his church. But I hit a sticking point. I had not seen what I was learning done in any church that I knew. I needed some advice. So I made an appointed with a pastor I respected. […]

If You Catch Him Right…

There was a pastor I listened to during the early days of my ministry. I really enjoyed his preaching. And I would commend him to other preachers. This pastor was not well-known to many of the preachers I talked to. And they would ask me what his preaching was like. “He can say it,” I […]

Do You Want To Be SOMEBODY?

One of my pulpit heroes preached at my church. We didn’t really know one another. Yet he agreed to come. I was beyond excited. I have absolutely no recollection of the service or sermon that night. But I will never forget the conversation afterward in my study. Food had been prepared. And a few preachers hung […]

Two Great Reasons to Preach the Bible

In my pulpit I preach from the Bible for two reasons. First, I am not smart enough to preach anything else. If I were to preach on social issues, there are sociologists in my congregation who would know far more about them than I. If I were to preach on political issues, there are politicians […]

“That’s Not My Crowd.”

My pastor rebuked me yesterday. We spent most of the phone conversation catching up. And we exchanged prayer requests for upcoming speaking engagements. Then Pas brought up an event I preached not too long ago. He told me he was proud of me. He also asked me about my observations of the event. I answered […]

A Simply Example of Pulpit Integrity

I studied Daniel 3 to preach last week. During my reading and research, I take note of every homiletical outline I come across. It helps me in sermon preparation to see how others organize the text for preaching. I was particularly curious to see how others preachers have treated Daniel 3, for several reasons. First […]

“Other Little Ships”

It was early in my first pastorate. There were two Sunday morning worship services. My father’s custom had been to preach two different messages. So that’s what I did. It wasn’t long before I found myself in a jam. Before I started pastoring, I wrote a new sermon every couple of weeks. But it was […]