Why I quote men in sermons

There has recently been some conversation with me about the value of my quoting creeds, confessions, catechisms, and extra-biblical authors in general during my sermons.  My wife and I were discussing these conversations while we were driving down the road and she asked me a helpful question.  “Why do you quote those things in your…

The Distance we create that Christ destroys.

I was thinking this morning as I spent a bit of time with the Lord reading a chapter in Beeke’s Systematic on the doctrine of repentance and a chapter in a book on the doctrine of the fall. First There was a consideration of how the natural tendency of the sinner is create space from…

Roe V. Wade is dead: What next?

In his book, Live not by lies Rod Dreher interviewed Families that lived under communist regimes and held fast to the truth in those times.  He asked about the tools they used and the patterns they created so that they and their children could survive totalitarianism.  One of those families talked about how they used…

An argument for the permanant disqualification of abusers.

For the last three years, the SBC’s life has been consumed with discussions about abuse and how the SBC has dealt with abuse in the past. One of the more startling realizations I have had in these discussions is that the church does not universally agree on the idea that a pastor who abuses persons…

How to know if a Church is led by the Scriptures.

When we think about what a church should be like, whether we are church-hunting or examining the health of our own church, there is one main thing we typically say we want. We want a church that follows the Bible. But what does that actually look like? When considering what it means for a church…

Preachers and Hearers

“I don’t get anything out of the sermon.”  “This preacher is boring.” “He just isn’t doing anything for me.”  “Why are we sitting here listening to someone instead of participating?” All these statements encourage us to ask the question. “Who is responsible for the outcome of the Sermon.” Is it solely the Pastor’s responsibility to,…

Reflections of 2020 by a faithful pastor.

A Few weeks ago, as 2020 was coming to a close. I noticed that my former pastor and dear friend David Sullivan, the pastor of Muldraugh Baptist Church in Muldraugh Kentucky, was sharing a list of reflections from 2020.  I decided with his permission to put them into a single place so that more folks…