The following series of blog post will explore each verse of the beloved twenty-third Psalm. These posts are based on a set of sermons I preached through in the summer of 2017. I pray for your soul to find encouragement, comfort, and challenge through this psalm. Why Psalm 23? Out of the 150 Psalms, which are short lyrical pieces for singing, Psalm 23 is well-beloved Psalm … Continue reading The Lord is my shepherd – Psalm 23:1
Filling the office of the pastor takes a genuine calling from God. The prophets, judges, and teachings foreshadow it in the Old Testament, and the New Testament defines it. Church history has validated it, and culture has tested it. Now, the office of pastor is losing its influence through misunderstandings, a lack of clear purpose, and because of those who have left it with a … Continue reading The Pastor
John the Baptist was the last Old Testament preacher (Luke 16:16), and Jesus became the first New Testament preacher. In fact, for preaching, John Stott (1982) wrote, “The only place to begin is with Jesus himself” (p. 16). Jesus, the quintessential person, finds Himself in the preacher’s shoes according to scripture. In relating God’s Word to us, it was all part of God’s plan (Heb. 1:1-2). Christ taught that … Continue reading Preaching in the New Testament
Preaching the Word begins with God. The first chapter of Genesis is filled with God’s creative power through His Words. Peter Adams wrote, “The basis for any true human speaking for God is that God is a speaking God…and it is clear that the God of the Bible is a God who speaks” (Adams, 1996, p. 15). What God has spoken was written down. Thus the … Continue reading Preaching in the Old Testament
How many generations are present in your congregation? Look through the list and see which groups are represented where you attend. The Builders Generation: Born 1945 and before The Baby Boomers: Born 1946 to 1964 Generation X: Born 1965 to 1976 The Millennials or Gen Y: Born 1977 to 1995 Gen Z, iGen, or Centennials: Born 1996 to about 2015 Generation Alpha, or the Glass Generation: Born … Continue reading From Generation to Generation
There are plenty of things I would have liked to of known when I first started pastoring ten years ago. Professional training and habitual reading have provided a great foundation. Observing other pastors is another blessing. However, nothing has been as beneficial as experience. In reality, it is the mixture of all three that inform my approach to leading in the church, among so many … Continue reading Practical Leadership Theory for Local Church Leaders
Whenever church boards are discussed, a joke comes to mind. At the end of a worship service, the pastor announced that there would be a board meeting. When they gathered, there was a visitor in the meeting room. Of course, they asked the person why the person had come to the board meeting. The individual replied, “If anyone was more board in service than me, … Continue reading How do we improve our church board?