The Lord is my Shepherd – Psalm 23:6

As we come to the final verse of the twenty-third Psalm, we find a beautiful conclusion.  The psalmist declares the continuing goodness and mercy of God toward His people.  However, we may wonder what brings about these blessings.  What are the purposes and benefits? “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of myContinue reading “The Lord is my Shepherd – Psalm 23:6”

The Lord is my Shepherd – Psalm 23:5

In the middle of our chaos, God can provide a space to receive His grace.  The shepherd knows his sheep are weary and hungry in the dark areas of life.  He also knows that in the treacherous terrain that there are dangerous enemies waiting to attack.  Still, in the midst of an uncertain place, theContinue reading “The Lord is my Shepherd – Psalm 23:5”

The Lord is my Shepherd – Psalm 23:2

  My wife and I like to tease each other about our different perspectives on a restful vacation.  I think her motto is rush instead rest.  Abbie loves holidays involving Disney and Pigeon Forge.  Lot’s of going and doing.  For myself, look more towards camping and fishing.  I guess we each have a different perspective ofContinue reading “The Lord is my Shepherd – Psalm 23:2”

The Lord is my shepherd – Psalm 23:1

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, whichContinue reading “The Lord is my shepherd – Psalm 23:1”

The Pastor 

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,Continue reading “The Pastor “

Preaching in the New Testament

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 wasContinue reading “Preaching in the New Testament”

Preaching in the Old 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.Continue reading “Preaching in the Old Testament”

From Generation to Generation

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: BornContinue reading “From Generation to Generation”

Practical Leadership Theory for Local Church Leaders

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 informContinue reading “Practical Leadership Theory for Local Church Leaders”

How do we improve our church board?

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 individualContinue reading “How do we improve our church board?”