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Joe McKeever

Created on Thursday, 17 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, Easter, preacher, sermon, declarations, springtime, eggs, Holy Spirit, death, Jesus Christ, resurrection, promise, claim, verification, heaven, eternity, speed bumps, sins, Good Ne
It’s Easter, preacher. What are you preaching? Don’t preach about springtime, as much as we all love it. This is not the day for that. Don’t make the analogy about how Easter eggs speak to us about new ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 10 April 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: God, Joe McKeever, steal, tithes, offerings, embezzlement, pastors, jail, Paul Yonggi Cho, Barry Minkow, thefts, rationalizations, ministry, self-delusion, lawbreaking
... after his sin during the capture of Jericho. Achan confessed, “I saw the mantle and 200 shekels of silver and a bar of gold … I coveted them … I took them … I hid them” (Josh. 7:21, paraphrased). I saw, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, visiting preacher, host pastor, guest, invitation, information, internal workings, church, negatives, times, services, children's sermon, Sunday school, dress code, honorarium, understanding, ...
As a retired pastor, I’m often on the receiving end of invitations to preach at other churches, so am well acquainted with this subject. Here are a few things that a visiting preacher requires from his ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 / Administration
Tags: Joe McKeever, fire, preacher, change locks, Holy Spirit, answer, complicated, ambiguous, congregation, response, deacons
Are there specific signs for a pastor to take his cue and head out the door? Here are a few. 1. When they fire you. If they vote you out, preacher, and change the locks on the door, it’s a pretty good ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, social skills, pastors, Adrian Rogers, thank you, forgive me, sorry, ask, order, appreciation, duty, remember names, alibi, defending yourself, interrupt, speaker, Tony Campolo, Perry ...
A retired seminary professor, now ministering in a different church every weekend, posted an interesting little note on Facebook. That day, he had been wondering whether the host pastor had appreciated ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 / Communication
Tags: Joe McKeever, heresy, church, pastors, bad theology, preach, Word, orthodox, right thinking, sound doctrine, Walt Kelly, possum Pogo, Water Nigg, salvation
For a pastor, the way to deal with bad theology in his church is always to preach the Word. Just hang in there, year after year, teaching and preaching God’s unchanging truth. The changes in your ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 February 2014 / Administration
Tags: Joe McKeever, reminder, principles, church leaders, holiness, strategy, role, prayer, Word of God, doctrine, study, growth, scripture, laborers, servants, recognition
We think of church leadership as mature, godly and self-starters. They read the Bible for themselves and do not need to be spoon-fed. They know how to pray, have the confidence of the membership, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 06 February 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, terminated, unjustly, reaction, winner, greater things, ministry, house, life, chairman, elders, deacons, humility, prayerful, sweet-spirited, argument, Word, knees, source, resour
Let’s say you are a minister on the staff of a medium-sized church. You finished seminary, and at the invitation of this church, you moved your young family here to this city and have gotten deeply ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, wife, experience, ministry, church, assessment, Dwight L. Moody, hurt, help, divorce, split, ego, denomination, vain, creatures, self-centered, needy, weak
What qualifies me to write this piece, if anything, is that I am a pastor who has been married most of my life. My wife, Margaret, and I did this entire ministry thing together, having married the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 27 January 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, tiny churches, megachurches, North Alabama, nursery, electricity, frills, kerosene lamps, bonus, pastor salary, finances, size, congregation, Paul
Not long ago, I was worshiping with friends in a small, rural and very old church not far from our family home in North Alabama. The building was erected in 1857 and has been used by various congregations ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 20 January 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, confidence, God's Word, pastors, Holy Scripture, sabotage, preaching, sermon, text, Billy Graham, Jesus, preparation, Bible, Greek, Hebrew, theme
We pastors love the Word of God. We read it, study it and devote our lives to learning it and teaching and preaching its riches. It is our sole authority for what we believe and teach. And yet ... ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 06 January 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, church, pastor, search committee, single-issue pastors, politically ambitious, denominational, predators, sheep, combative, immature, mentally unhealthy, carnal, off-color
You’re on your church’s pastor search committee? Good for you. It’s a difficult task, one that can make or break your church for a long time to come. But this can be one of the finest services you render ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, preacher, help, Kingdom work, blessing, sermon, family, goals, activities, Jesus, scripture, theories, convictions, confidence
It sounds like such fun, being an encourager of ministers of the gospel. And it is. Except for when it’s not. What does an encourager of preachers do when he finds those who need not so much encouragement ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 December 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, Christmas, Jesus, carol, karaoke, John 3:16, reason for the season, substitutes
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” A few years back, the minister of music and I decided to try something different on the last Sunday night before Christmas. We had done ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 16 December 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors, inadequate, preaching, sermon, ministry, Bible study, Christ, Holy Spirit
Ever have one of those days? Ever have one of those Sundays and you’re the preacher? I sat in church last Sunday wondering if my pastor was struggling in his sermon. He’d chosen a difficult subject, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Joe McKeever, Christmas, strangers, gospel, Jesus Christ, evangelism, prayer, lead, discernment
I. There were three people in front of me at the Wal-Mart checkout. I was on my way to a drawing assignment and stopped to pick up a large sketchbook. Wal-Mart has them cheaper than the art store, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, preaching, pastors, less is more, St. Francis of Assisi, words, Sunday, radio, Ecclesiastes, sketching
... for instance, one day after Thanksgiving, I sketched a dozen people in the breakfast room at our hotel next to the interstate. Later, I sketched a half dozen or more in a restaurant 200 miles up the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Colonel Sanders, Joe McKeever, preachers, Bible study, message, humorous lines, Holy Spirit, personal conviction, Haddon Robinson, will, unprepared, voice of the Lord
I had planned my Bible study message for the little interdenominational group that meets each Wednesday in a local restaurant. I knew what “the Lord laid on my heart” and had gone over it earlier ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors, preaching, teaching, exhorting, proclaiming, Bible, organization, Psalms, faith, worship
Most preachers would rather preach than teach. Even the names say that, don’t they?  We call pastors “preachers,” not “teachers.”  And yet … In seminary, we used up an entire class period one ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, staff, decisions, ministers, heart, clueless, careless, salary, lackey, committee, respect, integrity, loyalty, support, liberty
“My pastor called me in and informed me that the church is hurting financially; therefore, my pay would be cut by [so much], and my health insurance is being terminated.” In the last year, at least a half-dozen ... [ +++ ]
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