Ministerial Meanderings

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I was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Laurel, Maryland. I served in the United States Air Force for 20 years then retired. Then God led me to become a pastor. I was converted to Christ in the summer of 1966. I enjoy the company of my wife, children and grandchildren. I live with my three cats Hobbs, Taz, and Chloe.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

A Notable Quote ...

"Biblical preaching must always occupy the leading place of influence in the life of any church. At the core of any healthy congregation is a vibrant exposition of God's Word. Unfortunately, though, many pastors are turning away from the central role of expository preaching and doctrinal teaching. But in so doing, they fail to realize that new converts, first and foremost, need to be taught God's truth. As a result, many other things are competing with - and even replacing - the primary role of biblical preaching in the church. Christian concerts, drama, pageants, festivals, musicals, talk shows, and religious movies are establishing a greater foothold in the life of the contemporary church. Some of these activities may have a place in the church, but they must never compete with nor overshadow the Spirit-energized proclamation of God's Word within a church.

In diagnosing the hills of emphasis on these auxiliary methods, Martin Lloyd-Jones lamented, "All this at best is secondary, very often, not even secondary, often not worthy of a place at all ... The primary task of the Church and of the Christian minister is the preaching of the Word of God." He echoes the words of the chief pastoral voice of the Great Awakening, Jonathan Edwards, who declared, "The primary importance of the pastor is to be an expository preacher."

Evangelical churches desperately need to return to the primacy of the apostle's teaching. Preaching is the foremost responsibility of the preacher and the church."

Lawson, Steve. (2003). Famine in the land: a passionate call for expository preaching. Moody: Chicago. pgs. 33-34.

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