Happy, but not at the expense of Holy

Our family is back in South Carolina visiting Kim’s parents. We are rarely here on a Sunday, but yesterday Kim and I drove over to Columbia’s First Presbyterian Church to hear Dr. Derek Thomas. I’ve read his sermons and commentaries for years and thoroughly enjoyed out time there. The service was different from FBC Pell […]

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I’ve Gotten It Wrong!?

I have a confession to make…FBC, I’ve been doing it all wrong. You see, a while back when God called me to preach, I got it into my head that the Word of God was sufficient; that the Word of God was actually supposed to be the center of all my sermons; that the Word […]

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“Preach the Word!”

In 2 Timothy 4:1-4 Paul says, “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.  For […]

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Preach the Word!

Charles Haddon Spurgeon famously said, “I take my text and make a beeline to the cross.”  He latter said, “A sermon without Christ, it is awful, a horrible thing.  It is an empty well; it is a cloud without rain; it is a tree twice dead, plucked up by the roots.  It is an abominable […]

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A Few Thoughts On Expository Preaching

It wasn’t long after God called me to preach that someone gave me a set of cassette tapes with different preachers preaching through the Word of God.  At the time I was living in Boaz, AL and commuting to Jacksonville State University.  I made the hour long drive and back five days a week and […]

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Preach the Word and Make it Fully Known

I have long sought to follow Paul’s command to Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:2, “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.”  Yesterday I quoted JC Ryle on the value of preaching doctrine, but you may wonder if it is really necessary to […]

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It is Monday, but Sunday’s Coming!

It is Monday, but Sunday’s coming!  I wake up with that fact ringing in my ear every single Monday.  I love what God has called me to do, but the pressure of Sunday is always upon me.  It doesn’t matter how good the sermon may have been yesterday…I know several hundred people will show up […]

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Please, Just Preach the Word of God!

During the middle of my senior year of college God called me to preach.  His call was simple and yet thoroughly understood…I was going to preach the Word of God.  I finished the last semester of college in the Spring of 1989 and enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in the Fall of 1989 and […]

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A Most Dangerous Job

Recently I saw an article on the Ten Most Dangerous Jobs in America.  I didn’t read the article…just noticed the title, but I did stop and think about what would be the most dangerous job.  If you define dangerous as something that is able to cause harm or injury then you would have any number […]

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Aug 22, It is Monday, but Sunday’s Coming!

I wake up every single Monday with the realization that “It is Monday, but Sunday’s Coming.”  I love the process of taking God’s Word, studying it, praying over it, and seeing it develop into a sermon.  Once the manuscript is written I find myself pouring over it, changing it, adding to it, taking away from […]

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