Trust is not a weapon for us to wield. It is a seed for us to so. – HBC2

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Finishing Ephesians. Finally.

I finished preaching through the book of Ephesians at the Shiloh Church yesterday. Finally. I fell in love with Ephesians as a teenager, during my first pastorate. Having read Be Rich by Warren W. Wiersbe, I decided to teach through Ephesians during our midweek Bible study. It was my first time teaching through a book […]

Jasper Williams Jr. Interview

Jasper Williams Jr. is one of the most well-known, greatly beloved, and most imitated preachers in the country. The son of a preacher, Jasper Williams trusted Christ and began his public ministry as a six-year-old boy. While attending the Morehouse College in Atlanta, Williams was called to pastor the Salem Bible Church. He has now served […]

Shooing Flies in the Pulpit

I had a strange experience recently. As I preached our 7:45 Sunday worship service, a fly buzzed up to the pulpit. He landed near my Bible. He jumped on the microphone. He sat on my sh oulder. That thing was everywhere! The little fly was a big distraction. I have preached in many churches where […]

Crafting Expository Sermons

Some preachers take off strong. They get to cruising altitude and pilot the sermon without turbulence. Then they land smoothly at the same airport from which they took off. It was good flight. Homiletical policies and procedures were followed. And the congregation enjoyed the ride so much that it never noticed they did not actually […]

“On Pastoring” Book Released Today

Today is the official release of my newest book, entitled, “On Pastoring: A Short Guide to Living, Leading, and Ministering as a Pastor.” It is a companion, of sorts, to my previous book, On Preaching. I have been a pastor all of my adult life, serving congregations in California and Florida. I began my first […]

Saturday Shout-Outs: TGC, Aysia, OKC, & Ministry Links

Congratulations to my niece, Aysia Smith, on graduating today from California State University in Sacramento! It was a joy to talk in biblical preaching at the inaugural John A. Reed Jr. Institute at the Fairview Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. I was privileged to attend the board meeting of The Gospel Coalition in Chicago. I […]