One of my favorite questions to ask pastors when I sit with them is, "What does your sermon preparation process look like?" By God's grace, he has wired every single one of us differently; therefore, everyone's process is unique to them. Some pastors prepare later in the week while others prepare all week long. A … Continue reading Your First Step in Sermon Prep
Disclaimer: this blog post comes out of a sermon I preached on 9/12/2021 at First Baptist Church Spring Hope in Spring Hope, nc. At the top of Mark's Gospel in my Bible are written the words, "The King has come!" I am not sure when I wrote this or what sermon I was listening to … Continue reading How Does Jesus’s Kingship Comfort Believers?
My oldest son and I attended the Dude Perfect Tour in Raleigh, North Carolina. From the outset, our family are unofficial members of the Dude Perfect fan club--I don't know if an official fan club really exists. Our family practices the Christian virtue of patience each Monday to see if a new video drops on … Continue reading Dude Perfect Did What On Tour?
https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B06XFJ2JGR&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_075F03D0Y6N6DP52244P Donald Miller. Building A StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen. HarperCollins, 2017. 228 pp. Hardback. ISBN 978-0718033323. $24.99. Donald Miller wrote Building A StoryBrand with this purpose in mind, "Your customer should be the hero of the story, not your brand" (p. ix). The book takes the reader through Miller's "seven-part framework" … Continue reading Review of Building A Story Brand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller
A Hypothetical Scenario Pretend for a moment that you are the parent of a 7 year old child. It goes without saying, but just for the sake of argument, you love your child very deeply. In your love for your child, you decide to take them to a water park--the best one in the world. … Continue reading How God’s Moral Law Benefits Believers
Make no mistake, we are sending our kids out into a hostile world and we need to prepare them for that. We can’t be content with a thin layer of religiosity, kids who don’t cuss, don’t have sex and know how to vote. We need to teach them that Jesus is worth living and dying … Continue reading 4 Strategies to Teach Your Children to Be Totally Devoted to Jesus
Tattoos seem to be on the rise in our American culture. Through mere observation, anyone can see that people are getting inked at a much higher rate than previous generations. Self-proclaimed Christians seem to be practicing this type of body art at the same pace as those who are not believers. Perhaps even adopting inking … Continue reading Advice I Would Have Given to My Younger Self about Tattoos
Parenting is one of the hardest tasks in this life. I know from experience because God has blessed my wife and I with five of them. Yes, you read that right, 5. As a Christian parent, I think many of us who identify as followers of Christ have a difficult time parenting from a biblical … Continue reading Teach Your Child to Be a Good Winner
French Philosopher, Jacques Ellul, wrote The Technological Bluff in 1990. His work contains insights that were before his time when it comes to technology, technique, and technological progress. In this post, I want us to think about Ellul's words as it pertains to the impact of remote learning for children in grammar school. He wrote, … Continue reading Human Goldfish: A Hypothesis of Remote Learning’s Impact on the Future of Grammar School Children
The mentality of many churchgoers in America is, "What can the church do for me?" We live in a consumeristic society so it makes sense that believers living in America would shop for a church just like they would a pair of shoes. My purpose for writing this post is to encourage believers seeking church … Continue reading 4 Reasons to Consider Joining a Church Being Revitalized
This blog post comes out of a sermon I preached on 7/25/2021 at First Baptist Church Spring Hope.-Jeremy Bell When is the last time you ever heard a sermon about dying well as a Christian? The chances are probably never, and I find this extremely odd. If the gospel is to be at the center … Continue reading How to Die as a Christian
As I write this, I am nearly in disbelief. I feel like I need to pinch myself to see if the reality of our eldest child going to church youth camp is really happening. *Pinched myself* Guess what? It is confirmed; she is headed off to youth camp. By God's grace, our little baby girl … Continue reading Parenting with an Eternal Perspective
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!Psalm 100:1-2 The Psalmist shows us that singing exists as one important aspect of worshipping God. Psalm 100:2b asserts, "Come into his presence with singing!" Thus, singing should have a part to play in corporate worship … Continue reading Think about Scripture while Singing in Corporate Worship Gatherings
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.Galatians 5:22-23 Before coming on staff at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, I served as a Lead Pastor at a normative size church in South Carolina. Words cannot express all the lessons that I learned in this pastorate, but … Continue reading Young Pastor, Practice the Spirit’s Fruit of Patience
This coming Tuesday and Wednesday registered messengers from all over will join together in Nashville, Tennessee for the annual Southern (Great Commission) Baptist Convention. For those unfamiliar with Baptist polity, this will be a well-attended business meeting. Reports indicate that approximately "20,000 messengers and guests" will be in attendance. I will be in attendance as … Continue reading How to Pray for #SBC21
https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B00C5QA3NG&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_GC5PHTRKVADQQ4MEVDGP John MacArthur. Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship. Nelson Books, 2013. 333 pp. Hardback. ISBN 978-1400205172. $18.49. This book could be considered by some to be outdated since it was written in 2013, but the Charismatic Movement remains a prevalent false theology that permeates society today. Renowned theologian, … Continue reading Review of Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship by John MacArthur
The other week I was sitting in our small group, and I made this comment, "When sharing your testimony, do not glorify sin because it will take away from the glory of the Savior who redeemed you." I was asked by one of our small group members to further explain my statement. The context of … Continue reading A Common Mistake Believers Make When Sharing Their Testimony
Though God in this threefold revelation has provided answers to our questions concerning Him, the answers by no means lie on the surface. They must be sought by prayer, by long meditation on the written Word, and by earnest and well-disciplined labor. However brightly the light may shine, it can be seen only by those … Continue reading 5 Helpful Tips for Scripture Meditation
A Christian perspective on mask wearing.
3 reasons I deactivated my Facebook account that may encourage you to do the same.
In chapter 35, I argued from the manslaughter legislation of the Mosaic law the principle that we should not only avoid murder, but should also be very careful to guard against the possible destruction of human life....But where it is evident that carelessness can lead and has led to tragedy, we must take precautions (The … Continue reading A Clarification of Frame’s Doctrine of Carefulness
Ken Myers, the founder of Mars Hill Audio, once said in his Epiphany Lectures that he does not like to be prophetic. By prophetic, he does not mean that he has been given some special word from God similar to that of the Old Testament prophets. He is not claiming a "Thus says the Lord," … Continue reading Rethinking Pastoral Ministry in America: How Pastors Should Start Thinking About the Future