Blog entries tagged Pastors


1. New Podcast: How to Survive Your Critics

August 27, 2018

We have just posted a new podcast called How to Survive Your Critics. I gave this message at the Moody Pastors’ Conference, May 22, 2018. After I finished, Roy Patterson led us in praying together for hurting pastors all over the auditorium. Please listen to the message and let me know what you think. Click here to […]

2. Video: “How to Survive Your Critics”

June 12, 2018

Here’s the video of How to Survive Your Critics, the message I gave at the Southern Baptist Pastors Conference in Dallas on June 11. I would love to get your feedback. Click here to sign up for the free email sermons.

3. 58 Good Friday/Easter Sermons

March 28, 2015

We’ve put together a page with 58 Good Friday/Easter sermons. Feel free to use this material in any way that may be helpful to you, including sermon preparation or in Bible studies, or simply for your own blessing as we prepare our hearts for Holy Week.

4. Christmas in Asia

December 18, 2014

Dear Praying Friends, We’re on  our way to Asia! By the time you read this we’ll be in the air. We fly from Dallas to San Francisco and then on to Hong Kong where Josh and Knox will meet us. Knox is very excited to travel with his dad to meet G-Pa and G-Ma. Then […]

5. How I Preach

December 15, 2014

My friend Dr. Abe Kuruvilla is a “triple doc” (MD plus 2 PhDs) who teaches preaching at Dallas Seminary and who also has an active practice as a dermatologist. He is a gifted author, preacher, and teacher. When I went to see him for a checkup several months ago, he asked me to take part […]

6. Preach So the Children Can Understand

May 3, 2014

How to preach 51 Sundays out of the year.

7. 47 Christmas Sermons

December 4, 2013

Here are 47 Christmas sermons to help with your message preparation or for your own blessing as we celebrate the Savior’s birth.

8. Three “New” Books Every Pastor Needs

September 16, 2013

Every pastor loves a good book.

9. “That’s All I’ve Got”

March 16, 2013

If they leave, let them go.

10. Pastor, Don’t Be Stupid!

May 8, 2012

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…

11. Random Notes

May 7, 2012

A few thoughts on a variety of topics:1. The China broadcasts continue three times a week (M-W-F) at 6 AM CDT (7 PM China time). Check out our Chinese website and the iPhone and Android apps.2. We have just posted the Spring 2012 KBM Newsletter with the headline “We Need More Anchors.” Later this month we expect delivery of 100,000 copi...

12. Stay

May 1, 2012

New England has a reputation as a difficult place to do ministry. One pastor from Massachusetts called it a “cold” region for gospel ministry. But almost everyone senses that a “quiet revival” is underway. No, it’s not like the South where megachurches sprout up like dandelions in the spring. But churches are growing i...

13. New England Notes

April 23, 2012

Southbridge, MAI’m writing this update from the lobby of the Southbridge Conference Center, a vast convention center built on the site of the former American Optical Company building. We arrived on Friday after a longish trip from Tupelo via Memphis, Detroit, and Hartford. Someone welcomed us on Facebook by saying that, “No one ever come...

14. On the Road to New England

April 20, 2012

This morning we start a major ministry trip to New England. A year ago Marlene and I spoke at a one-day conference for pastors and wives in Brunswick, Maine. A few weeks later we were invited to return to New England for three conferences in Connecticut, Maine, and Vermont.You can find out all the details by going to Church Focus New England. Each ...

15. India Pastors Conference

January 31, 2012

For the past two days we’ve been meeting with these pastors for a time of encouragement. They all come from the same general region of India. As you can see from the photo, most of the pastors are young, with perhaps a year of training, and nearly all of them pastor multiple congregations. Some pastor four churches at a time. Today they ...

16. 44 New Year’s Day Sermons

December 26, 2011

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...

17. Five Reasons to Preach the Whole Book of Daniel

November 18, 2011

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 ...

18. The Future of the Chinese Church

November 4, 2011

This little boy represents the future of the Chinese church.Earlier this week his mother put him down for a nap in the apartment where we stayed in Dalian. His grandfather serves as a church worker in a Chinese city with very few Christians. He and his mother and father and grandfather came to Dalian to spend two days with us. I was very pleased wh...

19. When Should a Pastor Leave a Church?

October 21, 2011

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…

20. On My Way to LA

September 19, 2011

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...

21. A Rudder, Not An Anchor

August 21, 2011

“May the past be a rudder, not an anchor."That’s what Joe Jordan said to Don Lough, Jr. as Don became the new Executive Director of Word of Life last Friday night.It was an apt metaphor.Leaders in every organization struggle to find the right balance between holding on to the past while moving into the future.Not long ago I heard ...

22. Latest KBM Newsletter Now Online

July 1, 2011

The Spring 2011 newsletter has just been posted online. In this issue we share good news about our recent one-day pastors conference in Brunswick, Maine. You can check out our travel schedule for the rest of the summer and learn how we serve as “quartermasters” for the body of Christ around the world. Plus you can learn what we’ve...

23. Pastors and Wives Meet in Brunswick, Maine

May 4, 2011

On Tuesday a group of pastors and wives met in Brunswick, Maine for a day of fellowship and encouragement. The Mid-Maine Pastors Conference sponsors a yearly get-together at a local hotel. When Pastor Mark Rockwood of Berean Baptist Church in Brunswick heard that we were going to be speaking in New Brunswick, he asked if we could stay over to speak...

24. Report from Rochester

March 5, 2011

This morning we wrapped up the John 17 conference in Rochester, New York. Church leaders from all over the region gathered for three days of fellowship and biblical teaching. Pastor Ray Viola of Koinonia Fellowship was on a missions trip to India two years ago when after preaching on Jesus’ prayer in John 17, especially the prayer that &ldquo...

25. 15 Skills of Great Preachers

February 8, 2011

Lately I’ve been thinking about what makes a “great” preacher. The answer must necessarily be subjective. After listening to hundreds of sermons by hundreds of preachers (some famous, most not) in various settings for 45 years, I’ve come to some conclusions about “great” sermons and “great” preachers....

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