Don’t Try To Put Out Every Brush Fire!

My secretary stopped me in the hallway. She was obviously upset. I asked what was wrong. She began to weep. This was one of the most godly women I knew. And I couldn’t handle it when she cried. She often wept for others, rarely for herself. I pressed her to talk, only to discover she […]

The Joy of Togetherness

Ray Pritchard said… I know a whole handful of miserable, grumpy Christians, and I think I know what is wrong with most of them. They have decided that they’re going to keep the body of Christ at arms length and they’re not really going to get involved. They are not going to join the church. […]

#027: Study Tools for Biblical Preaching [PODCAST]

This is episode #27 of The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. In this episode, we will discuss study tools for biblical preaching. For effective sermon preparation, you should schedule at time to study, select a place to study, and gather your tools for study. What tools […]

Seeing Beyond the Rubble of Ministry

We had three fulltime pastors on staff besides me. For this midsize church I served, this was a big deal. Ministry should have been a joy. It was, instead, a time of great discouragement. The pastoral team was a blessing. But I did not know how to lead the team. At a result, the obvious […]

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To God be the glory! 

Now to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! – Psalm 115:1

Preaching the TONE of the Text

Biblical preaching seeks to explain the meaning of a passage of scripture and exhort the hearer to respond to the truth. Faithful preaching is truth-driven. The goal of the preacher’s exegetical study should be to find to truth of the text. The passage may mention anxiety, prayer, thanksgiving, peace, and even refer to the Lord […]

Saturday Shout-Outs: HBC3, Lilly Grove, & Ministry Links

A big shout-out to my son – H.B. Charles III – who turned 16-years-old this week! Happy Birthday, Doc! I love you! It was a joy to preach for Pastor Terry Anderson at the Lilly Grove Baptist Church in Houston this week. What a church! During the Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference, we showed a […]

#026: Preaching Without Notes [PODCAST]

This is episode #026 of The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. In this episode, we talk about preaching without notes. Here are 17 practical steps to take to preach without notes: Determine if preaching without notes is for you. Never sacrifice content for style. Effective sermon preparation is […]

Happy 16th Birthday, Doc!!!

The date was October 8, 1999. I was preaching in Atlanta. I finished the sermon and took my seat. Moments later, Charles – a fellow-pastor of my Los Angeles congregation – whispered in my ear that my wife, Crystal, had been rushed to the hospital. Then he walked away. Crystal was pregnant with our first […]