Why Do We Preach? Understanding Our Audience of One

What is the central focus of our preaching? “That was a great sermon, Pastor!” “Pastor, you sure can tell a story. You really told it like it is in that sermon!” “Pastor, you really stepped on my toes. I like it when you make me squirm in my seat.” So go the comments to theContinue reading “Why Do We Preach? Understanding Our Audience of One”

COVID and Motorcycles: An Unlikely Pair Teach a Valuable Lesson

In January 2021 I celebrated my 25th consecutive year serving as a Senior / Lead Pastor in a local church. Over that time, I have concluded that we pastors are often our own worst enemy. Before you click away to another article, let me explain. So much of what we do as pastors is convictionalContinue reading “COVID and Motorcycles: An Unlikely Pair Teach a Valuable Lesson”

For God’s People, Silence is Not an Option

Last week, I heard a woman give a short testimony from a favorite passage of mine found in Jeremiah 20. In that passage, the prophet Jeremiah is weary. He’s been beaten (literally) by people he’d thought were his friends, betrayed by his own family and continually ridiculed for delivering a message that God had givenContinue reading “For God’s People, Silence is Not an Option”

A Covid Winter and the Spring Hope of the Gospel

Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. I begin to dream about outdoor projects in my garden and yard. I take more walks and attempt running, unsuccessfully. This Spring is especially sweet because of what I was able to do in November of 2020. During the Fall of last year, two differentContinue reading “A Covid Winter and the Spring Hope of the Gospel”

Theological Triage and Local Church Cooperation (Part I)

In 1627, German Lutheran Theologian, Rupertus Meldenius, penned a tract on Christian Unity, in which he writes, “In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”[1] These words provide a framework for how believers can respond to one another when we disagree. Meldinius’s words are a distant echo from the Scriptures, which call believersContinue reading “Theological Triage and Local Church Cooperation (Part I)”

Unity in Christ (Part 1): The View from 1 Corinthians 1:1-9

On June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln addressed 1,000 delegates in the statehouse of Springfield, Illinois. Later that day he was selected as their candidate for U.S. Senate. He infused his acceptance speech with an opportunity to address a pressing matter in the U.S. A portion of his speech is as follows: “Mr. President and GentlemenContinue reading “Unity in Christ (Part 1): The View from 1 Corinthians 1:1-9”

Through Lenses and Lights to Hearts Afar

Here are some personal heart-felt thoughts about what it is like for me to Pastor and Preach in our current circumstances. I am so thankful for Wayne Hills Baptist Church and the grace you extend to me each week to lead and teach you. It is 9:30 am—It is Sunday morning and I am preparingContinue reading “Through Lenses and Lights to Hearts Afar”