A Word of Wisdom from Proverbs

I am way behind my in my sermon preparation for Sunday this week. I am really looking forward to preaching in the morning. But I have not really had the time or energy or focus to spend the time in the seat that I needed to this week. So I am in the seat today […]

the Foremost Responsibility

Biblical preaching must always occupy the leading place of influence in the life of any church. At the core of any healthy congregation is a vibrant exposition of God’s Word. Unfortunately, though, many pastors are turning away from the central role of expository preaching and doctrinal teaching. But in so doing, they fail to realize […]

The Fellowship of the Unashamed

I read this poem, of sorts, some years ago. It is written anonymously. And it has been given many different attributions – a foreign missionary, an African pastor, etc. But while the author is unknown; the message is clear: Being a faithful and fruitful minister of Jesus Christ requires our total commitment, absolute devotion, and […]

5.4 Tremor Rattles Los Angeles

I was having lunch with a pastoral colleague when the ground began to move. We were near the marina, and could see the nearby boats swaying. All around us, glass was shaking. And the building seemed to be rolling. There was no doubt about it. It was an earthquake. We sat quietly for the next […]

Turning On The Lights

I continued our study of the Sermon on the Mount this past Sunday with a message on Matthew 5:14-16, where Jesus declares, “You are the light of the world.” This description of Christ-followers, along with Matthew 5:3 where Jesus declares, “You are the salt of the earth,” teach us what it means to maximize our […]

Notes from Sunday – 07/27/08

Wow! What a great day. God richly blessed and marvelously helped me all day long. Weirdly, from about 4 to 7:30 AM, I was trying to get out of preaching our morning services. I must have called Crystal seven times after I got to the office to see if she would cosign my taking the […]

Being Light in a Dark Place

I am on my way home from Wichita. It has been a good week of preaching, even though I have ministered under a personal burden I am carrying. God is faithful. And I believe he used me to be a blessing to Pastor Floyd and the Mt. Gilead Church family. However, at the same time, […]

Speaking @ Mt. Gilead M.B.C.

I am in Wichita, Kansas. I am preaching a three-night revival at the Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church, where Rev. Tarrance C. Floyd serves as pastor. Pastor Floyd organized this church about five years ago. And this is my fifth year preaching for him. Pastor Floyd and I have become warm friends. And I am […]