Thank God for Dr. A. Louis Patterson Jr.

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Uncategorized | 10 comments

I heard Dr. A. Louis Patterson Jr. preach for the first time in the late-night service at the National Baptist Convention in Los Angeles in 1990. These services are typically when the major whoopers preach. But Dr. Patterson simply stood and explained the story of the woman with the issue of blood and sat down. It left a deep impression on me. I later visited a church and stopped by their tape booth after the service. There was a tape by A....

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God Within You: The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I want to learn photography. I also want to create and edit videos. So I started investigating cameras. I asked our church’s media director for advice, who recommended several camera options. I was grateful for his help. But I left his office thinking this was a major investment I should make carefully. About twenty minutes later, Marcellus walked into my study with his iPhone in hand, attached to a small tripod to show me how my iPhone could...

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What is Spirit Baptism?

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Uncategorized | 3 comments

After teaching on this subject in Bible Study, a member asked me about the term “Bapticostal” – a Baptist and Pentecostal mixed. I acknowledged the term is often a tongue-in-cheek description of a doctrinal conservative who embraces a passionate worship style. But I added that any Christian with integrity might claim to be one or the other – Baptist or Pentecostal – but not both. Baptists and Pentecostals that have saving-faith are brothers and...

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Who is the Holy Spirit?

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

As he passed through Ephesus, the Apostle Paul met several believers. He asked them if they had received the Holy Spirit since they believed. “No,” they replied, “we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit” (Acts 19:2). In a real sense, this was my testimony for many years. Sure, I had heard of the Holy Spirit. And I believed in the Holy Spirit. But I did not know who the Holy Spirit was. There was not much talk about the Holy Spirit in...

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Saturday Shout-Outs: B. Loritts, Real Evangelism, & Ministry Links

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Thanks for reading my blog! Saturday Shout-Outs is my weekly bulletin board. Hope you find something useful here. Shout-out to Bailey Smith for the opportunity to speak a the Real Evangelism Conference this week in Charlotte. It was a great experience! It was way cool to host Youth Quake Live at the Shiloh Church this weekend. Check out my interviews Bryan Loritts and Phillip Pointer. Read my new post: “In Praise of Long Pastorates”...

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Bryan Crawford Loritts Interview

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Bryan Crawford Loritts is the Lead-Pastor of Fellowship Memphis. This multicultural congregation, which a little more than ten years old, is a model of the unity in Christ. Bryan Loritts is also an author of several books. He has recently edited a important book entitled, Letters to a Birmingham Jail. I had the opportunity to talk to this much sought-after preacher about his life, fait,h and ministry. I truly enjoyed the conversation and hope...

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