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Created on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 / Communication
Tags: Phil Cooke, Bible, practical, pastors, preachers, gift, incarnation, salvation, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Nazis, mystery, culture
You have no idea the number of pastors who tell me that their unique gift is to teach the Bible from a practical perspective. They focus on helping their congregation understand the Bible in practical ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 June 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Cox, preaching, Bible, worlds, present day, lecture trap, Adam, Moses, Jonah, Valley of the Dry Bones, expository preachers
At the end of one of my sermons, someone told me that the sermon eliminated the distance between the Bible world and today's world. When this happens, you have done your job in a very real way. To do this, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 / Education
Tags: Greg Surratt, multi-site campuses, teachers, Seacoast Church, preachers, primary, secondary, teams, student ministries, young adults, special events
I thought it might be of interest to address some frequent criticisms of multisite churches. Questions are good because they force us to examine what we do in light of Scripture and culture.  ... [ +++ ]
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 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 Friday, 11 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, preacher, prepared, sermon, minimum, mistake, timidity, confidence, Dr. Brad Braxton, pulpit, message, Spirit, manuscript
One question that I often hear is, “When is my sermon ready to preach?” This question comes from many types of preachers. Some are those who allow the demands of ministry to overcome their need to preach ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 27 March 2014 / Culture
Tags: Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research, Ed Stetzer, religious liberty, decline, United States, Hobby Lobby, Supreme Court, preachers, uneasy, evangelical, Christian leaders, war
Americans have always had mixed feelings about religious liberty. Most say it’s important, but they don’t always agree how much liberty is enough or too much. That’s the issue at the heart of the Supreme ... [ +++ ]
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, 20 February 2014 / Counseling
Tags: teacher, preacher, apostle, learn, teacher, Christ, college, seminary, languages, Hebrew, Jesus, God, education, church, Apostle Paul, Old Testament, Barnabas, Word, gospel, grow
I am a teacher. When I was a senior in high school, a classmate gave me one of those unforgettable moments that lives in one’s mind forever. Principal Andy Davis had summoned me to his office to help Jerry ... [ +++ ]
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 Tuesday, 03 December 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Greg Stier, atheist, gospel, intimidated, flight, St. Louis, Denver, preacher, shock, questions, grenade, Paul, Christ, why, anger, church
Last week I sat next to James on a flight from St. Louis to Denver. As we talked, the subject turned to spirituality and religion. I confessed that I was a preacher, and he confessed he was an atheist. ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 14 November 2013 / Personal Character
Tags: Rick Warren, preacher, weaknesses, character, handicap, prayer team, staff, public speaking, adrenaline, Saddleback Church, Peter, Paul, confession, dependence on God, pride, governor, minister
Instead of hiding and denying our weaknesses, we need to learn to recognize them. We need to learn to share them. And we need to learn to glory in our weaknesses. If God is ever going to use you greatly, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 31 October 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Kurt Bubna, awesome, awful, empowerment, fear, insecurity, rejection, flesh, preacher's kid, pastor, pride, heart, grow, dust, move on, spiritually mature, blessers, biters, New Testament
We pastors are a strange lot. We have been called and commissioned by God, empowered beyond our own resources, and granted the privilege of caring for His flock. And yet we still struggle with fear and ... [ +++ ]
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 Thursday, 22 August 2013 / Vision
Tags: Os Hillman, competition, division, Bible, Jesus, unity, Body of Christ, scripture, F.B. Meyer, Charles Spurgeon, preacher, move of God, John 17:23, kingdom principle
Did you know there is a very common word that is used in our culture that you cannot find in the Bible? It is the word competition. Jesus never talked about it, but He did talk about the opposite of that ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 August 2013 / Culture
Tags: David Vigil, Heal Your Servant, Preachers of LA, reality television, condemnation, judgement, Christianity, church, America, Kenneth Hagain, Faith Library, career, sexual indiscretion
Beginning this fall, a major television network will begin airing a new reality show called Preachers of L.A. Before you continue reading this article, please view this trailer. Though every ... [ +++ ]
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 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 ... [ +++ ]
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