Stephen John Thurston Interview

Stephen J. Thurston has been the Pastor of the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago for thirty-seven years. He succeeded his father, who pastored the church for twenty-two years. Thurston’s grandfather, the founding pastor of the congregation, served the church for twenty-two years. A graduate of the historic Bishop College in Dallas, Pastor Thurston is known […]

#032: Seven Ways To Become a Better Preacher [PODCAST]

Welcome to episode #32 of The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. In this episode, I want to talk about seven ways to become a better preacher… Start early. Read repeatedly. Observe carefully Dig diligently. Read widely Write clearly. Pray fervently. Questions Are you growing in your […]

GUEST POST: Book Review of “On Pastoring”

The following is a guest post written by Kyle Robertson from NetGalley in review of my new book “On Pastoring” published by Moody Publishers (Available June 7, 2016). Pastor Charles has delivered a fascinating and well written book regarding pastoral ministry. I will begin by letting you know I am not a pastor. I work in […]

Advice for Preaching Funeral Sermons

A young preacher friend recently texted me. He was asked to preach a funeral for a family. It would be his first. And he wanted to know if I had any advice to offer him. I responded by mentioning a podcast I did on preaching funeral sermons: “Preaching Funeral Sermons.” I also offered offered several […]

Saturday Shout-Outs: Evangelism, Mary Wade, & Ministry Links

My wife, Crystal, and I am in Los Angeles today to attend the memorial service for my pastor’s (Dr. Melvin V. Wade, Sr.) mother: Mrs. Mary Wade. Prayers appreciated. Shout-Out to R. Wayne Briant for the opportunity to speak at the Southwest Florida Evangelistic Conference with Dr. Stephen Nelson Rummage in Sarasota this past Monday. Check […]

#031: Praying For Sunday’s Sermon [PODCAST]

Welcome to episode #31 of The On Preaching Podcast, the podcast dedicated to helping you preach faithfully, clearly, and better. In this episode, we talk about importance of praying for Sunday’s sermon. When I was a boy growing up in church, I often heard it said… “Preaching and praying go together. If there is going […]


“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you will have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” – Jesus (John 5:39-40)

Reflections On My First T4G Conference

I attended the Together for the Gospel Conference in Louisville for the first time last week. It is a biennial conference for pastors led by Mark Dever, Albert Mohler, Ligon Duncan, and C.J. Mahaney. I have heard about T4G from its inception. I have seen the videos from past meetings. I have purchased the books […]

Faithful Preachers are Forgetful Preachers

My big brother, Kevin Willis, was there to hear me preach my first sermon, at the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. I was a boy preacher, eleven years old. It was some years before he heard me preach again. Kevin was in town to preach a meeting. He was scheduled to preach at […]