We all love to beat up on Peter. He is unbridled, braggadocios, embarrassingly bold and at times violent. He is also a man who was greatly used of God: to preach at Pentecost, to lead the Church at Jerusalem, to minister to the Church at Rome, to minister to suffering saints in Asia Minor.
The preaching life is a life of temptations and dangers, not the least of which is the temptation to think you're more important than you really are. None of us is irreplaceable. It's the message that's essential, not the messenger. As long as the preacher re
At the first Pastors Conference my wife and I attended was in 1969 and the speaker was Dr. Howard Sugden, pastor of South Baptist Church in Lansing, MI from 1954-1991, his entire ministry. During one of the question and answer times at the conference, he was asked...
1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Possibly someone shook their head in doubt when you surrendered to the ministry. Did they wonder about your future? Like the English teacher in 1894 that noted on a teenager's report card: "a conspicuous lack of success." That teenager was Winston Churchill. Or the poetry editor of the...