Pastor, Don’t Be Stupid!

Posted by on 5.8.12 in Sermons, Preaching, Pastors

A few days ago I received a message alerting me that a certain pastor (whom I do not know) has been preaching my sermons word for word on Sunday morning. And he does so without attribution.To make matters worse, he posts the audio files online.Let me start by saying that I am a friend and supporter of preachers everywhere. I post my sermons precise…

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44 New Year’s Day Sermons

Posted by on 12.26.11 in Sermons, Preaching, Pastors

Since January 1 is the first Sunday of 2012, we have put together a web page with 44 New Year’s Day sermons. Please feel free to use this material in any way that you like. Use it, amend it, change it, improve it, and make it your own. Perhaps you’ll get some good ideas for a sermon. Or you may want to use it for your own devot…

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Five Reasons to Preach the Whole Book of Daniel

Posted by on 11.18.11 in Sermons, Preaching, Pastors, Bible Study

This morning I finish teaching the book of Daniel to the students at Word of Life Bible Institute in Hudson, Florida. Since this is my fourth year to teach this one-week course, I’ve gotten a bit of rhythm in my teaching. Each year we start off strong with the story of Daniel and his friends courteously but firmly refusing to eat the food at …

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25 Sermons for Thanksgiving

Posted by on 11.5.11 in Thanksgiving, Sermons, Preaching, Theology

Thanksgiving is a profoundly Christian holiday in that it focuses us on the God as the true source of all our blessings. As the hymnwriter said, “All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.” Here are 21 sermons appropriate for Thanksgiving. You are welco…

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Two Days With the Pastors in Dalian

Posted by on 11.1.11 in Travel, China, Keep Believing Ministries, Preaching

For the last two days Mark and I have been speaking at a pastor’s conference in Dalian, China. To put the matter that way probably makes people think of hundreds of pastors gathered in a large church sanctuary, with bright lights, a worship team, and high-powered services.That might happen in America.But we are i…

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Day 2: Airport Evangelist

Posted by on 10.22.11 in Missions, Travel, China, Keep Believing Ministries, Preaching, Internet/Blogging, Video

Here’s the video from Day 2 of our trip to Korea and China in which we meet a man carrying a cross at the airport in Seoul:…

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When Should a Pastor Leave a Church?

Posted by on 10.21.11 in Churches, Preaching, Pastors

The question came from a young man pastoring his first church. I don’t know much about the congregation he serves except that it is small and filled with mostly older folks who don’t want to change.At least that’s how the young pastor sees it. Both he and his wife have been feeling discouraged. After three difficult years, here is…

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Three Days at Mt. Sinai

Posted by on 9.23.11 in Churches, Personal, Sermons, Travel, Preaching

A few years ago–about eight years ago, I suppose–I received an email out of the blue from a man named H. B. Charles, Jr. who wrote to ask me a question about something I had written about preaching. I didn’t know him or the church he pastored, Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Through an email correspondence we b…

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J. C. Ryle’s “Expository Thoughts” Now Available in Ebook Format

Posted by on 9.20.11 in Ebooks, Bible Study Resources, Sermons, Books, Preaching

For many years I’ve turned to J. C. Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels when I wanted to study a text from the gospels. Ryle, an evangelical Anglican who served in the late 1800s in Great Britain, had an uncanny ability to get to the heart of each passage. More than that, he knew how to find the “preachable truths&…

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On My Way to LA

Posted by on 9.19.11 in Sermons, Travel, Keep Believing Ministries, Preaching, Pastors

Today I’m flying to Los Angeles to take part in the Fall Church Institute at Mt Sinai Missionary Baptist Church. When I received this invitation a few months ago from Pastor George Hurtt, I was glad to accept because he asked me to speak on one of my favorite topics–expository preaching. I’ll be leading a workshop on preachin…

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