Saturday Shout-Outs: 42, Lawson, & Ministry Links

Happy Valentines Day to my wife, Crystal!  “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine…”  Thanks for all the very kind birthday wishes this week. I am grateful to be 42. (104 in preacher years!!!) Don’t miss the latest episode of The On Preaching Podcast: Preaching Funeral Sermons. Check out the Jeffrey A. Johnson Sr. Interview. […]

#16: Preaching Funeral Sermons [PODCAST]

This is episode #016 of The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. In this episode, we talk about preaching funeral sermons. Here are 10 practical tips for preaching funeral sermons: 1. Preach a sermon; do not give a eulogy. 2. Use knowledge about the deceased carefully and […]

The Objectives of the Sermon

After I study the text I plan to preach, I craft a sermon skeleton. A sermon skeleton is a statement of the sermon’s content, purpose, and structure. It includes the title, text, point, outline, transitional sentences, and other elements of the sermon. I used to state the sermon objectives in the skeleton, as well. I […]

Jeffrey A. Johnson Sr. Interview

Pastor Jeffrey A. Johnson Sr. is the Senior Pastor of the Eastern Star Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he has served since 1988. The Eastern Star Church, one church in three locations, is a model of both church planting, multi-site ministry, and church growth. Pastor Johnson is a devoted husband and loving father of four […]

Saturday Shout-Outs: SEBTS, Word Encounter, & Ministry Links

It was a great joy and privilege to speak at the Go Conference at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary this week! Shout-out to Pastor Michael Clifford for leading the Men’s Discipleship Fellowship this weekend in my absence. Word Encounter 2015 got off to a great start this week at the Shiloh Church. Dr. Rudolph McKissick Sr. and […]

Word Encounter 2015 @ The Shiloh Church

Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. – Psalm 119:97 Shiloh Church loves the word of God! It is the foundation of our life and faith in Christ. It is the means of our spiritual growth. It is the light and lamp for our pathway. February will mark a […]

How to Make Your Pastor a Better Preacher

The following is an exert from Rediscovering Expository Preaching by John MacArthur, Jr. Fling him into his office. Tear the “Office” sign from the door and nail on the sign, “Study.” Take him off the mailing list. Lock him up with his books and his typewriter and his Bible. Slam him down on his knees before […]

He Can Make the Difference!

The following is an exert from the introduction of my new book, The Difference Jesus Makes. I was in junior high school the first time a girl gave me her phone number. I did not ask for the number. As our families had dinner together that Sunday evening, it was obvious that I liked her. […]

Saturday Shout-Outs: #FBCJaxPC, #G3, & Ministry Links

Thanks for reading my blog. Saturday Shout-Outs is my weekly online bulletin board. Enjoy! You can sign up for my FREE weekly sermon manuscript email list in the box in the top right of this page. Shout-out to my friend, Mac Brunson, for the opportunity to give the opening lecture at the Jacksonville Pastors’ Conference […]