Why Expository Preaching?

My father – H.B. Charles, Sr. – was a faithful preacher. He was not, however, an expositor. His messages were thoroughly biblical. But they were not expositional. My dad was more a textual preacher. He would often lift a verse and keep turning it to show the beautiful gospel implications in it. But the main […]

Saturday Shout-Outs: Preaching, Thanksgiving, & Ministry Links

I had the privilege of contributing four extended sermon outlines to the Nelsons Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook 2016 edited by Ken Hemphill. Check it out! Ray Pritchard: Thanksgiving Sermons Erik Raymond: Using Variation and Surprise in Preaching Peter Mead: Meaningless Chatter Thabiti Anyabwile: Bits and Pieces for Young Ministers: Discipleship, Rest and Reading Derek Thomas: 5-Step […]

Thankful for 25 Years of Pastoral Ministry

November 5, 1990. I ditched school that Monday morning. I had a funeral to preach. For the first half of the year, I preached the 11:00 AM service at my father’s church on first Sundays. But the first Sunday in August was the last time. I preached a sermon that Sunday, entitled, “Waited Time On […]

DEVOTIONAL: The Greatest Promise in the Bible

Concerning Philippians 4:19, James Montgomery Boice comments… “We come now to what is perhaps the greatest promise in the entire Bible. And it is great because it includes all of the other promises in itself.” The wonderful promise of Philippians 4:19 is this: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his […]

Lessons My Father Taught Me

My father was H.B. Charles Sr. He pastored the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles for 40 years, until his death in 1989. All I saw my father do was serve the church. Whether I became a preacher or not, my father’s example taught me to associate Christianity with serving others. The Lord […]