Cutting It Straight Day 2 Recap

  The Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference is still underway on the campus of the Shiloh Church in Jacksonville, FL. Yesterday Jason Allen, Romell Williams Jr. Albert Mohler Jr. and myself preached the word of God and we enjoyed wonderful breakout sessions throughout the day. I pray that you have been richly blessed and […]

Cutting It Straight Day 1 Recap

The Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference began Yesterday on the campus of the Shiloh Church in Jacksonville, FL. We are grateful to have a line-up of great speakers and teachers who will teach, model, and promote expository preaching and teaching. Likewise, the staff and volunteers of Shiloh are ready and excited to serve the […]

Pray for Cutting It Straight 2016

We are now one week away from the Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference 2016. It will take place September 20-22 at the Shiloh Church in Jacksonville, Florida, where I am privileged to serve. You still have time to join us for Cutting It Straight. If possible, I hope you will attend. And bring members […]

Grateful for Cutting It Straight 2016 Sponsors

The 2016 Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference if now a month away. And I am grateful for all of our guest speakers, hardworking staff, and faithful volunteers who will serve us during this year’s conference. I am especially grateful for our ministry friends  who have supported and sponsored Cutting It Straight this year. We […]

On Generational Curses

I was introduced to the subject of “generational curses” some years ago in a strange way. I was sitting in the pulpit of the church I served, listening to an encouraging sermon by an out-of-town friend. He ended the message with a personal testimony of divine healing. He had been very sick. And the only […]

There Must Be Factions

Pastor, I am having an issue with my mate – or a relative or friend or coworker or fellow church member or whoever. Should I be taking Communion? Should a church in conflict be taking Communion? I did not take Communion today because I knew there were things in my heart that are not right. […]

Don’t Settle for Soup

I preached a youth service at Shiloh last night. I worked hard to prepare myself. An there was something specific on my heart to say. I preached a message entitled “Don’t Settle for Soup” from Genesis 25:29-34. Here is the sermon skeleton: Title: “Don’t Settle for Soup” Text: Genesis 25:29-34 Theme: Do not negotiate the […]

An Exhortation to Hope in God

Yesterday I took a shot at one of the great texts of the Bible. In what is arguably the darkest book in the sacred scriptures, there is this great statement of faith and confidence in God. I know that there are many people in my congregation who are facing various dangers, toils, and snares. And […]

Seven Sins of Dying Churches

I have just begun reading Essential Church?: Reclaiming a Generation of Dropouts by Thom S. Ranier and Sam S. Rainer III. Actually, I started it about two weeks ago. But I just finished the first chapter tonight. I got stuck in opening paragraphs of the first chapter. I am not big on statistics. And when […]