The Preacher’s Diet

One author observed, "A pastor needs the tact of a diplomat, the strength of Samson, the patience of Job, the wisdom of Solomon -- and a cast-iron stomach."It was the stomach comment that sparked a thought. The...

Preaching to Toontown

One of the hit movies of the summer season was Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a delightful film which blends animated characters into a scene with human actors in a remarkable way.Part of the background of the story ...

Once more from the heart

We always knew preaching was hard work. At last, there's some evidence to prove it.Harold Freeman, professor of preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, is currently conducti...

Pulpit Treasures

Recently I've begun to realize that pulpits are more than preaching tools. In many churches, they are the final repository of things that don't go anywhere else.I have the opportunity to preach in various churc...

Fill ‘er up!

Young people coming of age in these days of self-service stations may have never heard those words familiar to drivers of an earlier day. You'd pull your automobile next to the pumps of your favorite service st...

First Things First

Preachers have been in the news a lot recently. Most of the stories are ones we would rather not have read, but one news item in November struck me as a positive sign.That was the article announcing that Jerry ...

Remembering our roots

While thousands of Americans converged on Philadelpha this summer to celebrate the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, my wife and I went a bit farther north and took a walk through the rich history of Ameri...

Trivial Pursuits for Your Study

An article in this issue -- "Preaching: Antidote for Trivial Pursuit" by James Means -- got me to -- thinking about ways in which that game title applies to the work of the preacher.You're probably familiar wit...

Truth and Preaching

"This isn't a 'preacher story.' This really happened!"It may be the punchline of an old joke, but it's still enough to make many of us cringe because it strikes so close to home.There's something wrong when a "...

Singing the Bookshelf Blues

Any minister who has ever moved from one home or office to another knows the scourge of every ministerial move: packing and unpacking the books.My move from Louisville to Birmingham at the beginning of 1987 inc...