What I Said to the Church Yesterday

Last Friday (6/27/15), the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark 5-4 decision, making same-sex marriage the law in all fifty states. Pastors across the country prepared to respond to the verdict in the Sunday worship services. We had a guest speaker scheduled at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, where I serve as […]

An Evangelical Statement on Marriage: Here We Stand

The following statement is found at the Southern Baptist Conventions’ Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission website, where you can find other Christian resources in response to the SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage. I fully affirm and joyfully signed this statement. Please consider the following my personal and official response to the SCOTUS ruling.  As evangelical […]

Bible Study: The First Thing. The Main Thing.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 The Bible is God’s self-revelation to us. To misrepresent scripture is to misrepresent God. The nature of scripture […]

5 Questions to Ask of the Text

It is time to study the word of God. You pray for illumination (Psalm 119:18). You select a passage of scripture to study. You then… This is where many people get stumped. Every time. They come to the text with good intentions. But they do not have a clear process for properly understanding the text. […]

Catch Up On 2015 Interviews

I periodically have the opportunity to interview friends and colleagues. These conversations about faith, preaching, and ministry have become one of the features of this website.   I was fortunate to have some great conversations during the first half of 2015. Catch up on the interviews I have done so far this year, just in case you missed […]

Saturday Shout-Outs: Lexington, SBC, & Ministry Links

YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR MY EMAIL LIST IN THE BOX AT THE TOP RIGHT OF THIS PAGE TO RECEIVE A FREE WEEKLY SERMON MANUSCRIPT.TO RECEIVE A FREE WEEKLY SERMON MANUSCRIPT. Congratulations to Pastor Richard Gaines for nineteen years of service to the Consolidated Baptist Church in Lexington. It was a joy to preach the […]

Weak Sermons Need Music To Prop Them Up

Have you seen The Preacher’s Wife? It is a 1996 movie starring Denzel Washington and the late Whitney Houston. I went to see this movie when it came out in theaters. But I checked out during an early scene. The pastor was preaching his sermon. It was not going well. The preacher’s wife – Whitney […]

Vacationing to the Glory of God

Summer is a much-needed time of rest and relaxation for many people. This break from the various responsibilities of home, work, or school is a good thing. However, there is no such thing as a vacation, leave-of-absence, or sabbatical from your responsibilities as a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus told his disciples, “Come […]