Notes from Sunday – 11/23/08

I am fighting off a cold. And I blame Jacksonville! I thought I was moving to sunny Florida. And it is. Sunny. And cold! This past week, the temperature rose and dropped from day to day. It was in the 30’s at points. And by the end of the week, I was fighting off cold […]

Sheep Stealing

The McChurch has replaced the traditional church and its relational values. Fast-food Christians pull up to ecclesiastical drive-through windows, order the McGroups, consume the experience and then drive off, discarding relationships like burger wrappers on the highway of life. Savvy church growth pastors quickly learned that significant growth can occur if a church learns how […]

The God of the Missing Sheep

This past Sunday, I began a series of messages on the parables of Jesus recorded in Luke 15. My pastoral concern is that our congregation would have the heart of God toward lost people. And lost people matter to God. So they should matter to us. Here is the sermon skeleton from Sunday’s message.   […]

Notes from Sunday – 11/16/08

Inadvertently, I took a “bye-week” from blogging last week. But I am back and better… Well, let’s just leave it at I’m back. I did not do much writing or journaling at all last week. By Saturday, I started going through withdrawal. I can’t describe the joy I get from reading and writing. My installation […]

Free Downloads of John MacArthur Sermons!!!

Grace to You, the radio and television teaching ministry of John F. MacArthur Jr., Pastor-Teacher of the Grace Community Church in Sun Valley (CA) has recently taken a great step of faith and generosity by posting all of the sermons of John MacArthur for free download. Yes. You read the previous sentence correctly. John MacArthur […]

Charge It To My Head…

We had a warm and uplifting worship service last night. Pastor Maurice Watson preached a timely and powerful message. I trust that anyone who was listening with an open heart and mind was challenged by the message to trust God in a greater way. And I believe the Lord was glorified. But something was went […]

Notes from Sunday – 11/02-/08

Thank you Shiloh for your prayers, support, and encouragement, during these days in which I am learning you and you are learning me. I am glad and proud to be your pastor. What a church! Yesterday was the first Sunday of November. Practically speaking, this year is over. Better start preparing for 2009. Crystal and […]

Truth Through Personality

Phillip Brooks has famously defined preached as “truth through personality.” This is a simple enough definition. Yet, at the same time, it is rather complex. Of course, the complexity of this definition has nothing to do with the place of truth in preaching. That matter is pretty clear. It’s a black-and-white issue. There is nothing […]

The Installation Services

“And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.” – Jeremiah 3:15 (ESV) Next week, we will hold our installation services at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, in which we will affirm God’s work in bringing us together as pastor and people. And we will, of course, […]