Sunday, September 28, 2014

R. T. Kendall on Tithing

Interesting back-story: R. T. Kendall was raised in Ashland, Kentucky as a Nazarene.  For a short while he even pastored a Church of God (Anderson) congregation in Ohio but it didn't go well, because while a student at Trevecca Nazarene University Kendall became a Calvinist.  He later went on to earn his doctorate at Oxford and pastor Westminster Chapel for 25 years, the pulpit made legendary by men such as George Campbell Morgan and David Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

Another interesting back-story: Kendall's full name is Robert Tillman Kendall, so named after R. T. Williams, a former General Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene.  However, his family didn't address him as "Robert."  From infancy he was called "R. T."

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Place of Blessing in the Two Virginias!

I preached this sermon on September 7, 2014 as I candidated for the senior pastor position of the First Church of God in Princeton, WV.  It was my vision/challenge to the congregation should they extend the call to ministry.  They did and I'm going.  I will preach at First Church on the Sunday mornings of October 19th & 26th.  My first day "on the clock" will be November 1st.

First Church of God
301 Mahood Avenue
Princeton, WV  24740

GPS coordinates to the main gate's parking lot:
N 37°22.182'

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Scholarship Doesn't Replace Bible Reading

I am very excited about moving to Princeton, WV and becoming senior pastor of the First Church of God on 301 Mahood Avenue.  After I preach a Sunday morning series on the Mission & the Purposes of the Church (taken from Acts 2) I will begin the most challenging and rewarding preaching assignment ever: I will preach, verse by verse, through the life-changing Gospel of St. Matthew.  

Matthew's Gospel account is for everyone, saint and sinner alike.  It answers the question, "Who is King Jesus?"

It's gonna be thorough.  I will delve into the socio-religious background of First Century Judaism.  The Messiah will be placed in the contemporary situation of his day.  We will listen to Matthew on the Apostle's own terms.  By the illumination of the Holy Spirit I believe many lives can be converted/sanctified through the preaching of the Word.

Here are just a few of the massive academic works that I will consult as I preach through Matthew:

Alford, Henry.  Matthew—Mark (The Greek Testament:  A Critical and Exegetical Commentary)
Barclay, William.  Matthew  (The Daily Study Bible Series)
Broadus, John A. Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew
Carr, Arthur.  Matthew (Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges)
Carson, D. A.  Matthew (Two Volumes, The Expositor's Bible Commentary)
Edersheim, Alfred.  The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah 
Keener, Craig S.  The Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary
France, R. T.  The Gospel of Matthew (The New International Commentary on the New Testament)
Lange, John Peter.  Matthew (Bibelwerk)
Lloyd-Jones, David Martin.  Studies in the Sermon on the Mount
Meyer, Heinrich August Wilhelm.   Matthew (Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Handbook)

And many, MANY additional sources, including those on Kindle and electronic commentaries on e-Sword.

Oh, and yeah, the actual New Testament Gospel According to St. Matthew.

A preacher has to watch himself lest he is tempted to lean on the thoughts of brilliant scholars without taking the time to keep his own finger on the text.  Classic and modern scholarship is fine...but they are no substitute for studying the Bible for himself.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Roger Goodell Replacement?

Give a Smile

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There isn't anything to this post.  I just like the smiley guy; that's all.

Dave Benton of WCIA, Terminal Brain Cancer and Christ

What a Christian testimony! "We have a hope within our souls, brighter than the perfect day! God has given us his Spirit and we want the world to hear it! All our doubts are passed away!"

Click here to be taken to his WCIA bio.  Click here to be taken to his Facebook page.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I'm Pastor-Elect of Princeton First Church of God

This evening I accepted the senior pastorate of the First Church of God in Princeton, West Virginia.  It's a big step and I look forward to preaching Christ in the region of the two Virginias!

First Church of God
301 Mahood Avenue
Princeton, WV  24740

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Huntington Mayor Pleads for Prayer

In a truly inspiring video Huntington, WV Mayor Steve Williams pleaded with all of the churches in the tri-state area to pray for the region during their morning worship service time on September 7th.  I don't live in Huntington; I don't know his religious beliefs or his political affiliation but I am pleased to see a civic leader publicly call for prayer.  Amen.

Mayor Steve's Prayer Request from Trifecta Productions, LLC on Vimeo.