GUEST POST: Help! I’m a Young Pastor… at an Old Church!

The following is a guest post written by my friend, Charlie E. Dates, who serves as the Senior-Pastor of the Progressive Baptist Church in Chicago, Il. God willing, I will celebrate the second anniversary of my installation as pastor of Progressive Baptist Church a month from now. In most historic black Baptist churches, the installation […]

Notes from Sunday – 05/26/13

Happy Memorial Day! May the Lord grant you a blessed and safe holiday. Let’s remember today those who have sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy. Memorial Day weekend is an anniversary, of sorts, for me. I preached at the Shiloh Church for the first time Memorial Day weekend five years ago (2008). I was […]

Saturday Shout-Outs: Augusta, Chicago, & Ministry Links

Happy Memorial Day weekend! Shout-out to Pastor Reginald Jones for the opportunity to speak at the Sharon Baptist Church in Augusta this week. I attended the 2013 Moody Pastors Conference in Chicago this week. It was great. I especially appreciate the messages I heard from Alistair Begg and Voddie Baucham. Looking forward to speaking at […]

Notes from Shiloh’s 138th Church Anniversary

We had a great weekend at the Shiloh Church as we celebrated our 138th church anniversary! Praise God for his faithfulness in sustaining the witness and ministry of this great congregation in Jacksonville for more than a century! And our dreams are even greater than our memories! Special thanks to our church staff for organizing […]

A Wake Up Call for Gospel Artists

I love Gospel Music. Traditional. Contemporary. Praise & worship. Choirs. Groups. Solo artists. Old and new. From Rev. So-and-So Presents… albums of the 80s to today’s Bishop So-and-So Presents… albums. I have even started to listen to some quartet and Christian hip-hop. I love music. And I especially love music that exalts the Lord Jesus […]

Notes from Mother’s Day 2013

Happy Mother’s Day! A Special Happy Mother’s Day to my wife, Crystal, and to my mother, Ellen. We had a great day of worship at the Shiloh Church today. Grateful for all of our guests today. I even got to meet BrothaRollins’ parents. Way cool. Praise God for the five persons who were baptized today. […]

On Consecutive Exposition

“People have short attention spans. So you really do long series through books anymore. People will check out on you after four to six sermons.” This authoritative claim is simply not true. People are hungry for the word of God. Consecutive exposition both satisfies people’s hunger for scripture and shapes it. Expository preaching is an […]

“That’s Not My Crowd.”

My pastor rebuked me yesterday. We spent most of the phone conversation catching up. And we exchanged prayer requests for upcoming speaking engagements. Then Pas brought up an event I preached not too long ago. He told me he was proud of me. He also asked me about my observations of the event. I answered […]