From Martyn Lloyd-Jones' Studies in the Sermon on the Mount: I can never forget, in this connection, a man who, whenever I met him, always impressed upon me the fact that he was a great Bible student. I suppose in one sense he was, but his life was unfortunately very far removed from that which … Continue reading A Word to Pastors and Other Students of the Bible
Here's a beautiful description from Jared Wilson's book The Pastor's Justification on what a church with a culture of grace looks like: I remind myself and my church often that a message of grace may attract people, but a culture of grace will keep them. They want to know—we want to know, the Lord wants … Continue reading A Culture of Grace
There are some days that I feel worthless as a minister. It's on those days that all of my shortcomings seem to be glaring brighter than the sun. Those boring sermons I've delivered. The students who have left the church for the things of this world. My neglected duties as a husband. The weight is … Continue reading Down in the Ministry Dumps
This week marked an historic week for Southern Baptists. Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, was elected as President of the SBC. Anyone familiar with our denomination's beginnings will understand why this was such a momentous occasion, seeing that our genesis was a result of slave owners who wanted to … Continue reading Will the Convention Affect the Church?
This is the second installment of a series on preaching and youth ministry. Gurus of student ministry focus on many important aspects of ministry, but this is one that is often forgotten, unless the discussion centers upon the proper length of a sermon or how to keep teenagers' attention. The first installment discussed the need … Continue reading Preaching and Youth Ministry, Part 2: Your Own Material
I'm coming up on the two year anniversary of my time here at Heucks Retreat Baptist Church. Having said that, I understand that I'm still a novice at youth ministry and ministry in general. That's why I don't want to sound like I have everything figured out. But I would like to do a short … Continue reading Preaching and Youth Ministry, Part 1: Whole Books of the Bible
If you happened to be traveling through Louisville, KY this week, you would find thousands of pastors walking down the streets with stack of books in their arms and the look of a giddy schoolgirl on their faces. Why? Because this is the week of Together for the Gospel. T4G is an event that takes … Continue reading Together for the Gospel 2012