Cutting It Straight 2015 is one Month Away!

We are now one month away from the Cutting It Straight Expository Preaching Conference. It will meet September 22-24, 2015, at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville (FL), where I serve as pastor-teacher. The goal of this conference is to train, model, and promote faithful Bible exposition in preaching and teaching. What is expositional […]

When Faith Grows Up | Psalm 131

11914588_10207256952442463_6417207560052072521_nI was scheduled to continue in Ephesians. But I had a sneaky suspicion that today – Back-to-School Sunday – would not allow me to spend the time I would need to get through Ephesians 4:25-32. I was right.

I “pulled a file” and preached Psalm 131: “When Faith Grows Up.” The point of the psalm is that faith grows up when you learn childlike trust in God.

Psalm 131 presents three marks of grown up faith:

I. Grown up faith denounces pride (131:1)

A. Humble your attitude (v. 1a-b)

1. A proud attitude is rooted in the heart (v. 1a).

2. A proud heart is revealed in the eyes (v. 1b).

B. Humble your ambitions (v. 1c)

II. Grown up faith embraces contentment (131:2)

A. Learn how to relate to God (v. 2a)

B. Learn how to relate to God (v. 2b)

III. Grown up faith practices hope (131:3)

A. Hope in the Lord today (v. 3a)

B. Hope in the Lord forever (v. 3b)

Praise God for those who were added to the church today! 

My voice was giving out after the first service. And our schedule was thrown after the first service. So I did not make it back to Orange Park for our 12:30 PM service. I texted the gang before I preached 10:45 to let them know I did not think I would make it back. A big shout-out to our Campus Pastor – Daniel Beckwith – for serving the word to our congregation at 12:30!

It was a joy to preach for the 10 school principles and many other teachers and administrators at our 10:45 service, along with covering our children in prayer.

GUEST POST: Biblical Exposition and Millennials

The following is a guest post written by DA Horton, who is a church planter and published author. Additional information on DA can be found at I’ve read more articles and studies regarding the Millennial generation than I care to admit. It seems as if Corporate America, Marketing Firms, and colleges are all vying […]

3 Types of Preachers

I have two fundamental goals for every sermon I preach. First of all, I strive to be faithful to the text of scripture. Likewise, I strive to be clear in my presentation of the message. I was in a recent conversation with a fellow pastor about these pulpit goals. He agreed with my philosophy. Then added, “Well, you know […]

Little Screens and Corporate Worship

My local theater has a new “Silence Your Cell Phones” announcement. It states that you came to the theater to enjoy what is on the big screen. And you should not allow the little screen on your cell phone to make you forget what you came to see on the big screen. This is not […]

Change the Way You Walk! | Ephesians 4:17-24

Yesterday, I continued my resumed study of Ephesians with a message from Ephesians 4:17-24: “Change the Way You Walk!” 

The point of the message was that to be a Christian is to adopt a radical way of life. You cannot walk worthy of the calling to which you have been called (4:1) if you continue to walk in the ways of those who do not know God (4:17).

Ephesians 4:17-19 teaches two steps to take to change the way you walk:

I. Forsake the way of sin (4:17-19).

A. The problem of sin is a matter of the mind (vv. 17-18a).

B. The problem of sin is a matter of the heart (vv. 18b-19).

II. Pursue the way of Christ (4:20-24).

A. To be saved is to learn Christ (vv. 20-21).

1. Christ is the subject matter (v. 20).

2. Christ is the master Teacher (v. 21a).

3. Christ is the learning environment (v. 21b).

B. To be saved is to live for Christ (vv. 22-24).

1. Put off your old self (v. 22).

2. Renew your mind (v. 23).

3. Put on the new self (v. 24).

This coming Sunday, I plan to preach Ephesians 4:25-32, in which Paul teaches that taking off the old self and putting on the new self is clearly evidenced by how we treat one another as brothers and sisters in Christ. Please pray for my sermon preparation this week.


GUEST POST: Being a Preacher Means Being a Learner

The following is a guest post written by Kevin Smith, Teaching Pastor at the Highview Baptist Church and preaching professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – both in Louisville, Kentucky. Some preachers are not effective because they are unprepared. Faithful, biblical preaching is hard work, which requires preparation. Part (not all) of that preparation […]


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