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Joe McKeever

Created on Thursday, 19 June 2014 / Culture
Tags: Joe McKeever, Southern Baptist, churches, doctrines, false, mistake, liberal, overestimate, people, salvation, Christ, death, cross, shed blood, Samuel M. Shoemaker, Revive Thy Church Beginning With ...
The typical liberal church—as this Southern Baptist farm boy sees it, anyhow—makes a dozen serious errors, some of them monumental. But this one is about as big as they come. The typical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 13 June 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Joe McKeever, misery, toxic, fumes, Lord, servant, self-destructive, undermine, effectiveness, salary, retirement, employer, appreciation, needs, God's people, churches, congregation
I don't know anyone who wants to be miserable in anything, much less in serving the Lord, but some people give the appearance of working hard to achieve it. Here are three self-destructive things (you'll ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 June 2014 / Administration
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, good fit, church, administrator, misalignment, substance, style, doctrinal, basic, changeable, superficial, committee, sweet spirit, conservative, liberal
The committee could not find any specific reasons they wanted the pastor to leave.  Church attendance was healthy, the congregation was responding well to the minister's leadership, and finances were ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, funeral, tough, eulogy, gospel truth, straight, preacher, comfort, bereaved, Holy Spirit
At the funeral, as at every other place where you rise to serve the Lord, preacher, tell the truth—the gospel truth. You have an obligation to comfort the bereaved, true. But you have an even greater ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 / Pastoring
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastors, depressing, self-imposed, scars, sufferings, perfectionism, frustration, resignation, Dorothy Hamill, gospel, mother
When showing his scars and enumerating his sufferings, Paul ends with a mention of the daily care of the Lord’s people. That was a great burden also. You don’t bleed from caring for the Lord’s flock. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 29 April 2014 / Money
Tags: Joe McKeever, money crunch, financial crisis, finance committee, deacons, wakeup call, church leaders, bank account, panic, thanks, pray, teach, investigate, stand together, focus
A lot of things can happen when a church experiences a money crunch, most of them bad. The finance committee can get upset, deacons can get angry, church members become scared, and staff members start ... [ +++ ]
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 ... [ +++ ]
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