A Vivid Memory My mind’s eye can see the moment very clearly. 12/4/2022 is the date, I preached that Sunday morning then led business meeting in the evening. I can recall all of the eager faces seated around the table for the time as we went through several items of church business. As customary, I left the meeting so the church could vote, then I came back afterward to hugs … [Read more...] about Dear Young Pastor . . . Here Are A Few Thoughts After My First Year
Artificial Intelligence and Ministry The rapid advancement of technology over the last several decades has brought many new and pressing issues to the forefront. No one ever heard of television until less than 100 years ago and radio is less than 125 years old. Many new technologies have had both positive and negative impacts on the world. Our role as Christians is to … [Read more...] about No . . . Pastors Do Not Need Artificial Intelligence For Sermon Preparation!
Growing in Ministry In the year 2020, I preached my first true sermon. Meaning that I am early enough along in pastoral ministry to still be in the formative years, but far enough along to have learned a few lessons by the grace of God along the way. My “Dear Young Pastor” series on the blog seeks to chronicle some of those lessons for the sake of my own soul and others. … [Read more...] about Dear Young Pastor . . . Apply The Text
The Blessing As a pastor, I follow the sequential model of expositional preaching. Meaning that the overwhelming amount of my sermons are going book by book through verses of the Bible. This pattern of preaching is grounded in the conviction that God gave us the Scripture to understand in context. Philippians is a distinct letter written to a specific church and the best way … [Read more...] about What I Learn From Expositional Preaching
The Searching Seminary students graduate with a passionate desire to serve in pastoral ministry. Prayerfully, these men have already been involved in the life of the church while obtaining their education. Oftentimes when they graduate they are ready to find the place where Christ would have them serve Him as a pastor. Similarly, believers look for the church where they … [Read more...] about No Perfect Pastors . . . No Perfect Churches