Preaching. That is what I do. Preacher. That is what I am. I first began serving in ministry during the summer of 1986 as an intern in Calhoun, GA. I followed that with a worship leader role in Montgomery for a few months until, I began working with a church in Bay Minette, AL. After … Continue reading Preaching
On Monday and Tuesday this week, I met up with seven other ministers (Brendan Chance, Mark Posey, Mike Baker, Dale Jenkins, Daniel Courington, Elisha Freeman, and Trae Durden) in Huntsville, Alabama for one main purpose - sermon planning. We came from different congregations, backgrounds, and states. We each brought our calendars, Bibles, computers, tablets, and … Continue reading Planned Preaching Retreat
This past Monday, I attended a Preacher’s Luncheon and Meeting in Double Springs, Alabama. There were about 50 preachers and other Church leaders at this gathering. As we began, Vance Hutton asked each preacher and leader to share advice or bits of wisdom that they received that helps them in their ministry. Here is a … Continue reading Advice to Preachers from Preachers and Others
Today is Thursday and my first blog of the week. I suppose an excuse is in order.I had a great opportunity to drive six hours to the Great Smokey Mountains and stay in the cabin pictured to the left. I spent Monday evening, all day Tuesday, and Monday morning with 10 other ministers from Alabama, … Continue reading A Working Retreat
Let me introduce you to my favorite 1st Grade Teacher. She was not my teacher when I was 6, nor did she teach my son's 1st Grade class (she was teaching 6th grade then). We struck up one of our many conversations about teaching and preaching as we were returning from a "working vacation." Yes, … Continue reading Learning from a Teacher.
What follows is a list of common expectations that describe "The Perfect Preacher." Lists like this one circulate around and are funny only because they touch a nerve. The perfect preacher preaches exactly 10 minutes. He condemns sin roundly but never hurts anyone's feelings. He works from 8 AM until midnight and is also the church janitor. He … Continue reading What Do You Expect?
Monday I read more than a few blogs concerning preachers whose influence is ongoing:Chris writes about Dowel Flatt.While Brian writes about Mike Tanaro.Paul writes about her Dad.Lisa writes about her Dad too.And John writes about Richard Travis and others.Today, I join the effort in Passing the Torch.There are a lot of preachers in my life. … Continue reading Passing the Torch
Edward Earnest, one of our shepherds at Parrish Church of Christ recently shared an old pocket sized book with me. The book's title is simply: Sermon Outlines: Over 150 sermons by A. J. Bachman. McQuiddy Printing, Nashville, TN 1921. The first sermon makes for a good study and reminder, even though it may need a … Continue reading Gospel Bees – an Old Sermon Outline
This morning, I was scanning through some old books. In a 1949 edition of Boles' Outlines by BC Goodpasture; I ran the following outline, "Responsibilities of Gospel Preachers." An online biography of Brother Boles relates, "H. Leo Boles was preeminently a teacher. In the fall of 1906, he became a member of the faculty of … Continue reading Boles on Preachers