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
Please pardon the interruption to my usual blog. I want to introduce you to Leslie and Sarah Taylor. They are planning to locate to Japan as missionaries, but they need your help. Please watch the video to meet them and learn about their plans. - Scott http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc62Zksu_pY
What you see on my "second desk" are back issues, or should I say "WAY BACK" issues of The Gospel Advocate. These issues are from 1954 - 1955. One of the issues mentions three baptisms in Gallipolis, Ohio. One of those nameless three is my father. Another issue seems to be a special issue on … Continue reading Building Up the Church – Old School
Sometimes we fall into the habit of failing to appreciate the present. Sometimes we reflect too much time on the past when it was "the good ol' days." At other times we focus our attention to the future when things will be better, and we will have more to appreciate. We also regret the past … Continue reading Today is . . . well Today.
Yesterday I spent the day with a group of friends and mentors who happen to be preachers. About 7 of us traveled to Double Springs, Alabama and met up with about 15 other preachers and Church leaders for a monthly meeting. These meetings vary in topic and focus. This year, Vance Hutton asked three preachers … Continue reading 150+ Years of Preaching
The Ministry of Parenthood There are a number of texts to speak about the role of parents, specifically fathers. We could consider the following: Eph 6:4, Col 3:21, Ps 127:3 Then there are general verses about every Christian being a minister (servant): 1 Pet 4:10-11 Parenthood is such a ministry. We must give parents: Time to be good parents. Training to be good … Continue reading The Ministry of Parenthood
Not too long ago (ahem!) when I was an undergraduate student at Faulkner University the standard book on church growth was Brother Ira North's book - Balance. That one word infiltrated much of our training. Balance in Ministry, Balance in Life, etc. We learned about balance. One area where our instructors and professors stressed balance … Continue reading Preaching / Ministry
Expository Preaching Definition/Contrast: Hadden Robinson states, “Preaching is a living processes involving God, the preacher, and the congregation . . .” This validity of this statement intensifies when one considers the expository preaching. According to Sidney Greidanus expository preaching is “Bible-centered preaching . . . the exposition of a biblical passage.” Others emphasize that “. … Continue reading A Case for Expository Preaching
Now that I am back in town from a vacation tour of Lancaster County, PA and the surrounding areas including Hershey and Gettysburg, I will blog again. So as promised over a week ago, here is a model of ministry in a rural setting. Be sure to read the footnote. Scott A Model of Ministry … Continue reading A Model of Rural Ministry
Congregational expectations vary from place to place and congregations expect much from their preacher(s). Too often these expectations are not written down and this lack of concrete expectations can lead to misunderstandings and hurt feelings. I suggest having as many on the table (written down) as possible. We also know that some expectations are ridiculous … Continue reading What does the Congregation Expect from the Minister?