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Joe McKeever

Created on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 / Social Media
Tags: Joe McKeever, computer technology, Internet, pitfalls, rumors, inuendo, preachers, pastors, fact check, accuracy, Google, Wikipedia, Snopes, scurrilous, blog
... to "Archives." Scroll down to the beginning, sometime in 2004, I think. There they are, waiting forever, for the Judgment, perhaps. (I wonder if my great-grandchildren will still be able to find all ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joe McKeever, church, young, growing, complacency, farmer, cull, mission, healthy, satisfied, renewing process, dying churches, changes, newcomers, innovation
The December 2014 issue of The Progressive Farmer asks whether to "Keep or Cull?" The subtitle of the article was: "High prices have changed the rules about when to cut one loose from the herd."   ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 / Worship
Tags: Joe McKeever, worship, service, lies, enemy, whisper, wasting time, inspiration, worship leaders, pastor, preaching, hypocrite
The devil's first plan of attack is to get us to worship him. He tried that with our Lord, as recorded in Luke 4:7. "All these things will be yours if you will worship me." He soon found the futility ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 24 November 2014 / Education
Tags: Joe McKeever, bad advice, young pastors, ministry, Baptist, preaching, study, diligence, relationships, theological education, opportunities, hurting, forgiveness, permission
People love to give advice to young adults just entering the ministry. I'm sure they think they're helping. I was a senior in college when the Lord fingered me for the ministry. When my coal ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 14 November 2014 / Service
Tags: Joe McKeever, cup of water, benevolence, missions, judgement, Savior, excuses, life or death, dire situations, journey, encouragement
I'm the only person I know who picks up stray pennies. I add them to my coil cup, which will eventually be given to missions. Every little bit counts. The gospel song goes: "If just a cup of water I place ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, audience, Billy Joel, reaction, sermon, feedback, heart, message, amen, response, frowners, naysayers, seminary, church, ministry
Billy Joel gets it. This veteran entertainer does something I find fascinating. According to The New Yorker of Oct. 27, Joel "grew tired of having to look out at the fat cats in the two front rows, the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 / Counseling
Tags: Joe McKeever, gems, wisdom, pastor, beginning, calling, New Orleans Baptist Association, training, shortcuts, Acts 16:25, Paul, Silas, Philippian jail, Jesus Christ, network, mentors, advisors, prayer ...
... early retirement from his firm to attend Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham. Then, in 2009, when Duane McDaniel succeeded me as DOM for the association, he asked Jack to take charge of our inner city ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 October 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Jesus, quotes, Joe McKeever, Paul, Christians, Sodom, Bible, Leonard Ravenhill, hell, implications, pastor, preaching, kingdom of Heaven
Somewhere around the house I have an old book with the wonderful title of 657 of the Best Things Ever Said. It would not surprise you to know most of them are silly. As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 10 October 2014 / Women in Leadership
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor's wife, expectations, vulnerability, uncalled assistant pastor, unpaid employee, biblical expert, be herself, accountability, love, gratitude, love, prayers, responsible care, ...
We're all vulnerable. Everyone who walks in the church door can be helped or hurt by what happens during the following hour or more. Whether saint or sinner, preacher or pew-sitter, old-timer or newcomer, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, Christian, profess, commandments, Jesus, Sunday school class, public, declaration of faith, hypocrisy, scribes, Pharisees
"If you love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15). "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?" (Luke 6:46). The politician convicted of racketeering tells the press that since Jesus ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 29 September 2014 / Vision
Tags: Joe McKeever, changes, church culture, worship leader, jeans, tie, iPhones, blended services, Saddleback Church, North Point, Celebration Church, alive, obedient, needs, requirements
These days in my retirement ministry, most of the churches where I'm invited to preach have these things in common: Almost no man wears a necktie or suit. On the platform you find all kinds of musical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 10 September 2014 / Evangelism
Tags: Joe McKeever, disciples, evangelism, Christian workers, assignment, preaching, Great Commission, heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, Jesus, Paul, Silas, gospel, bold, confident, peac
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; therefore, be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves" (Matt. 10:16). This is a brief Bible study. (Just so you'll know. Smiley-face here.) For ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 29 August 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, traditional, texts, sermons, preaching, Golden Rule, John 3:16, salvation by faith, love one another, forgiveness, the home, kindness
For good reason, young beginning pastors do not take the standard old texts for their first sermons. Few feel qualified to produce a full sermon on such subjects as: John 3:16. The Golden Rule (Matt. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 22 August 2014 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, vulnerable, church, congregation, sermon, service, minister, guard, preaching, satan, adversary
We're all vulnerable. Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall (1 Cor. 10:12). The brother who gave us that reminder was himself constantly being knocked down but getting back up. If ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 14 August 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Starched, iron, Joe McKeever, prim, proper, rigid, set in their ways, pretty, not functional, self-righteous, legal, unloving, pharisaical, proud, convictions, leadership positions
"You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart ... "  (Acts 7:51).  "No one puts a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch pulls away from the garment and a worse tear results. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 07 August 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, pulpit, sermons, courage, pews, compromise, messenger of God, graciousness, wisdom, kindness, judgmental, withdrawal, flawed plans
"The Lord is for me; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Psalm 118:6. See also Heb. 13:5-6) I read that scripture-–especially the Hebrews 13:5-6 incarnation-–and smile.  Asking "what ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors, bad, committee, position, church, congregation, executive pastor, healthy church, rejection
... of people for Christ in this church and throughout the community. How many? God knows. And knows He does, make no mistake (see 2 Timothy 2:19). And, the biggie:  In 2004, the Lord made me the "Director ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, deadbeat, pastor, indecency, immorality, illegality, heresy, paycheck, lazy, church, demise, lay leadership, constitution, bylaws
Recently in this blog, we said pastors should be terminated abruptly if they are guilty of flagrant indecency, proven immorality, confirmed illegality, and serious heresy. Several friends wrote to ask ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, serve, position, honor, young pastors, ministry, Holy Spirit, buzz saw, spiritually immature, humble, candid
Young pastors enter the ministry expecting the people of the Lord to be healthy, sane, balanced, spiritual, biblically informed and Holy Spirit-guided. And then they run into reality. The image of "running ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 / Money
Tags: Joe McKeever, money, manipulation, pastors, Hagar, Africa, Internet, healing, spiritual gifts, signs, wonders, Satan, Garden of Gethsemane, contributors, decisions for Christ, servant, community
A stock cartoon situation that has set up punch lines for thousands of comics has someone climbing to the top of a mountain to consult a guru for his pearls of wisdom.  In today's Hagar comic strip, ... [ +++ ]
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