Joe McKeever

Created on Monday, 28 October 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Pastor, storm, apology, Joe McKeever, forgiveness, Christians, prayers, serious, righteous man, wife, leadership, The Word, Psalms, church, conflict, sermons, health, critics, friends, evaluation, ...
Some power clique in the church is on your case. Some church member is leading a movement to oust you. The church has a history of ousting pastors every so often and it’s time, and some members ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 22 October 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, preachers, pastors, Christ, new creations, baptisms, career, seminary, worship, give, preach, serve, minister, faith
Nothing affirms a pastor more than seeing people come to Christ and become new creations. That’s why ministers whose churches are regularly baptizing new believers cannot wait to tell you about it. They’re ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 14 October 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, church, membership, last days, End Times, slanderous, guests, banquet, ungodly people, Apostle Paul, gospel, Satan, behavior, immature, carnal-minded, leaders, Holy Spirit, influential, ...
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 30 September 2013 / Family Life
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors' wives, pain, hurting, empathy, respect, vulnerable, health insurance, wedding ring, sufferings, Christ, Jesus, expectations, Moses, Exodus
The letters and comments are pouring in from our recent article on the pastor’s wife. I suppose it should not surprise me—weirdness is everywhere—but some people were angry that we called the pastor’s ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, church, bully, congregation, natural leaders, strength, courage, vision, leadership, Apostle John, ministry, persistence, argument
(This is the type of article some church people will find objectionable. I’m fully aware of that and am willing to run the risk of the flack from writing it. If it results in one congregation ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 20 September 2013 / Legacy
Tags: Joe McKeever, young pastors, stewardship, witnessing, benevolence, tithing, preparation, family, conflict resolution, humility, pornography, prayer, laugh, attitude, mentors, search committees
1. In all the world there are only three Christians who love change; none of them are in your church. 2. When you speak before an unfamiliar group, be careful what you say because you never know who is ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 September 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, abrasive, Christian, God's Word, teacher, Apostle Paul, Peter, patience, gentleness, kindness, blessing, hindrance
This week, in Lynne Olson’s Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941, I found this interesting depiction of Harold Ickes, a member of FDR’s cabinet during ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 29 August 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, church, service, excitement, Facebook, Mississippi, Jesus, Moses, Israel, God, confrontation, wilderness, Nathan, David, pastor, worship
“Pastor, the minute you decide church must always be exciting is the moment you begin turning the worship services into pep rallies. After that, it all goes downhill.” I said that on Facebook the other ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 26 August 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Joe McKeever, words, rodeo, fights, wrangling, theology, Paul, biblical words, firestorm, Facebook, Charles Spurgeon, 2 Timothy
I’m not sure most of us preachers fully believe the scriptural command to avoid word fights: “Remind them of these things, and solemnly charge them in the presence of God not to wrangle about words, which ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 19 August 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, hurt, congregation, pastors, leaders, church, ministry, sermon, class, choir, vulnerability, grace, sinner, forgiveness
Some of the people who sit before the pastor on Sundays have open, untreated wounds on their souls. The church can really help them through today’s ministries. Or it can damage them to the point that they ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 05 August 2013 / Money
Tags: Joe McKeever, money, tithing, lions' den, greed, monster, Christian, giver, congregation, flesh, Spirit
The worst time to preach on money is when you need some, pastor. The second worst time is when the church needs some. The best time to preach on money is all the other times. That said, here are a number ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Joe McKeever, price, pastor, opinion, controversy, political correctness, community, stance, coward, courage, Holy Spirit, Martin Luther King Jr.
Once in a while, a pastor has to make a tough call. Do you speak out on a controversial issue or not? Yes, you could come down hard on the latest political correctness issue dividing the country and enraging ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 July 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, storytelling, preaching, Mark, sermon, truth, President Lincoln, clarity, King David
Pastor, your people love a good story. Listeners who have gone on vacation during the first 10 minutes of your sermon will return home in a heartbeat the moment you begin, “A man went into a store….” or  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors, dumb, frustration, congregation, golf, comedian, pulpit, faithful, attendance, offerings
We preachers sometimes torture the faithful with our complaints about the unfaithful. We don’t mean to do that. It’s just something that happens, usually as a result of our frustration. Listen to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 July 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, bully, comeuppance, guilty pleasure, highway, church, preacher, congregation, financial gift, blackmailer
Everyone knows what a pleasure is. A guilty pleasure is some activity that you enjoy but over which you feel a tiny pang of regret, as though perhaps you should not be enjoying it quite as much as you ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Joe McKeever, viruses, infect, church, customers, leaders, satisfaction, happy, deacons, church business, spiritual, offering
... concepts in effect in our churches. When I became leader of the New Orleans Baptist Association with its 130 Southern Baptist churches in a five-parish area in 2004, the first thing we did was bring ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 10 June 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Joe McKeever, hard truths, Christ, church, Body of Christ, people, Jesus, submission, unity, Ephesians, pastors, deacons, congregation
It’s His church and not mine. It’s His church and not yours either. Settle that or nothing else will matter. Get it wrong and everything else you do will be off-kilter. The moment you think it’s your church ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Blame, God, Joe McKeever, cowardice, offense, preacher, Holy Spirit, courageous, Bible, fear
The spirit of cowardice lives and thrives in churches these days. It has a corner in the office of many a pastor and makes whimpering sounds familiar to many of us: “You don’t want to do that. It might ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 / Calling
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, ignorant, church, sinners, scripture, Ku Klux Klan, Bible, leaders, showman, criticism, schoolteachers
The pastor had been called from his rural church to another part of the country. He was excited about the new challenge, as he well should have been. In a parting comment to a friend, he assessed the state ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 17 May 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, creativity, ministry, Time Magazine, nurture, energize, time, quiet, indirection, volume, novel
Time magazine for May 20, 2013, devotes an entire page to “assessing the creative spark,” a rarity in newsmagazines. Now, I’m no authority on creativity or anything else, but I have long been fascinated ... [ +++ ]
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