For the past few weeks, I have been preaching at Good Hope Baptist Church in Iva, SC, as they begin searching for a new pastor. Truly, it is a unique church: rural, agrarian, historic—and contemporary. Unlike any congregation I’ve ever been part of, this one meets in a metal, multi-purpose building, worships with a praise band (a really good one, … Read More
(This week’s blog postings are adapted from the theme address, “Preaching Under Pressure,” presented at the EK Bailey International Conference on Expository Preaching in July.) The church is struggling because the numbers are declining, the people are demanding, and the leaders are disillusioned. Pastors and church leaders are frustrated by the pressure of declining numbers compounded by the increased demands … Read More
(This week’s blog postings are adapted from the theme address, “Preaching Under Pressure,” presented at the EK Bailey International Conference on Expository Preaching in July.) demands Declining numbers are only one factor in the church’s struggle. The church is also struggling because the people are demanding. We live in a consumer-driven culture, where we want what we want when … Read More
Preaching under pressure is not new, and it is not unique to you and your church.
I enjoyed being a pastor. I counted it a privilege of the highest honor to shepherd the flock of God. I loved the congregation with blood, sweat, and tears. I felt–and treasured–the eternal weight of the pastoral task. Each morning I awoke to an inaudible but ever clear trumpet call as I reengaged the battle for souls. Nothing matches the … Read More
My friend Jerry Drace recently wrote this for Baptist Press. It is an important reminder to all of us who serve in church leadership: A young lady approached me with a solemn, somber expression in her brown eyes, trying to hold back the tears, as I left the church auditorium’s platform after extending the invitation. “I have a personal request,” … Read More
By Brad Lomenick. Reposted from SermonCentral: ABOUT YOUNG LEADERS Today’s 20- and 30-somethings are more willing to collaborate than any other generation before. They trust each other. Really. And they see collaboration as the starting point, not as some grandiose vision of teamwork that is far off in the distance. For the next generation, it’s way less about who they’re … Read More
Michael Duduit of Clamp Divinity School provides a humorous post on a potential philanthropic opportunity for great pastors to pass along sermon rejects to those who would be happy to even have the bad ones.
In the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Tucson, pundits and politicians have called for a return to civility in public discourse. In his recent column in The New York Times, however, David Brooks observes that, at its core, civility is rooted in theological truth: “The problem is that over the past 40 years or so we have gone from … Read More