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The State of Preaching in the Southern Baptist Convention

I think I can say that I travel back and forth across our Convention as much, or more, than just about anyone else within the Southern Baptist Convention. This allows me great opportunity to visit every size church, as well as associations and state convention... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Romans

So, you have prayed and sought the Lord’s will for your next preaching endeavor and you are at peace that it is a series from the book of Romans or possibly to preach systematically through the book of Romans. You may be wondering if there are key points to ... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Acts

The book of Acts is the Spirit-inspired narrative of the church in formation. If your church is in need of being motivated to carry the gospel to the world, then Acts may very well be the book through which to lead your church in order to experience a divine c... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Mark

The Gospel of Mark is prolific in its brevity, purposeful in its structure and profound in its simplicity. His approach is non-traditional, his narratives are unanticipated and his arrangement is unique. As the shortest of the four Gospels, Mark delivers a jam... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Malachi

I have to be honest and say that within my lifetime, I haven’t heard too many sermons from the book of Malachi. Typically, the primary verse found in every stewardship sermon, or the moment in worship where scripture is read before tithes and offering, or th... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Habakkuk

People who have not yet celebrated their 18th birthday are often referred to as minor because they are underage. We might refer to the minor prophets as minor because they are under-preached. For several years my only exposure to the book of Habakkuk came from... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Nahum

How does one preach Nahum? The background context is distant, specific to the Assyrians, and difficult to contextualize. The what of the passage is not difficult to identify: Nahum prophesies the destruction of Ninevah and the Assyrian empire as God’s retrib... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Joel

Growing up in eastern Kentucky, tornadoes are all but unheard of. Older generations would profess, “Tornadoes can’t get down in on our mountains… but if they ever did, watch out!” I remember the carnage wrought by the first tornado I ever witnessed “... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from Proverbs

For a preacher, preaching from the Old Testament wisdom of Proverbs is like a little boy walking into LEGOLAND, the entertainment attraction dedicated to the full enjoyment of the classic Lego building bricks. One hardly knows where to begin. Because of its ar... Read More »

Preaching Pointers from 2 Chronicles

I had been saved and called to preach in 1974 by God’s grace and for God’s glory. However during my years in college while pastoring my first church in 1976 I attended the Evangelism Conference for the state of North Carolina in Asheville and my life as a ... Read More »