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Yes! Pray for Patience!

My preaching assignment this past week was to share teaching on the text from Galatians 5:22-25, famously known as the Fruit of the Spirit. My particular focus was on the “Fruit” of patience. Let me say again: I. LOVE. TO. PREACH & TEACH.  LOve It…absolutely LOVE IT!


So this weekend I shared my heart and God’s Word with my church family. I have included the audio of that sermon and teaching below. As always, I’d love to interact with your thoughts in the comments section or email me direct. God Bless!

Fruit of the Spirit: Patience

A Good News Posture

My goodness! It’s been over 3 months since my last post on my blog. That’s a little sad, but this blog is going on fourteen years old and the continuing evolution of my soul and relationship with the Godhead has taken me on a number of twists and turns with respect to life priorities. I’ll share more about this in the coming weeks as I make reentry to the blogosphere, but I thought I’d post this audio file of a sermon I shared yesterday with a sister congregation here in Washington.

This message was timely, in my opinion, especially with regard to the tensions currently felt in our great nation, and most certainly with regard to the political season we presently find ourselves.

The message of our Great God is GOOD! We are Good News People and we should live according to the good news (Gospel) we profess and proclaim. In this message taken from the text of Acts 17, I share how we can model what we learn from the Beroeans and the great Apostle Paul.

I hope you enjoy the message and would love to interact with your thoughts in the comments section here.

Book Review: One Year to Better Preaching

Book Review: One Year to Better Preaching

Author: Daniel Overdorf

Publisher: Kregel Ministry ISBN: 9780825439100

One Year to Better Preaching: 52 Exercises to Hone Your Skills

I was very impressed with the exercises I found in One Year to Better Preaching. I am an “old schooler” when it comes to preaching tools and homiletics, used to Haddon Robinson, Fred Craddock, Stott, and a few others as my primary inspiration and mentors. It has been awhile since I’ve read or studied any material concerning preaching and I thought it might benefit me to wade into some of the latest offerings that might be circulating on the bookshelves. I am so glad I went “wading.”

I’m generally a bit skeptical when it comes to “tools to better ………” approaches to skill sets. It’s not that they are valuable, but many tend to be tiresome and sometimes repetitive and cliché. This is not the case with Daniel Overdorf’s effort with his 52 Exercises.  I was genuinely surprised at how inspired I was with the suggestions he provided for honing my preaching skills. I should add too, that there are more than 52 exercises once you include the 7 Bonus Exercises at the end of the book!

Personally, I’m not sure I could tackle the various exercises in the course of a single year. I might be able to concentrate on a one or two dozen…maybe. That’s me. What I found extremely helpful was the introduction piece that helps the reader prepare for the various preaching exercises. Here, Overdorf acknowledges “tackling an exercise every week might prove too burdensome” and suggests maybe one or two exercises a month. Again, that’s me. What I also appreciated and found helpful in determining what exercises might be best for me was the chart that he provided that categorized the exercises into eight homiletical skills that might be “honed.” The eight skills addressed in the exercises follow: Prayer and Preaching, Bible Interpretation, Understanding Listeners, Sermon Construction, Illustration and Application, Word Crafting, The Preaching Event, and Sermon Evaluation.

Each exercise is detailed in four-five pages, so nothing I found was overly complicated in description or instruction. Each chapter (exercise) also includes a testimony of feedback from people who have tried the exercise. This is encouraging hear “real world” results. Also, Overdorf includes a short bibliography of resources for further reading and study. I always appreciate a good bibliography.

As I stated earlier in my review, I am very impressed with this little book of exercises and think that it will benefit me beyond the scope of preaching; I think it will benefit my communication skills across a much broader spectrum than just the pulpit. I will recommend this book to all my friends and I am very happy to be adding it to my other preaching and teaching resources.

Thanks Kregel publications for another great resource!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Kregel Publications to read and post a review on my site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

My Favorite Reads from 2012

My Favorite Reads from 2012 

It’s that time of year again! It is the yearly round-up of my favorite reads from 2012. My goal was to read seventy-five books for the year and I ended with seventy-seven. A very special thanks to the many publishing companies (InterVarsity Press, Paraclete Press, Zondervan, Baker Academic, Brazos Press, Bethany Publishing, Tyndale, Baylor Press, and others), publicists, and book review groups (SpeakEasy, Amazon Vine, CrossFocused Review, and more) who have provided me with books for my reading enjoyment. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

The books I’ve listed as my favorites this year are listed below in no particular order. I cannot say any one of them rose markedly above the rest… each of them touched my heart and challenged my thinking in unique and impacting ways. There were several books in the list, which were part of a bigger theme taking place in my life, the idea and pursuit of Christian Intentional Community continues to be an intense passion of mine. Additionally, prayer, the Holy Spirit, and ongoing spiritual transformation are also passionate subjects that continue to capture my attention and heart.

Each of the books listed (again, in no particular order) have accompanying links embedded that will take you to the actual review of the book. If you have specific questions you would like to ask or points you might like to discuss about any of the books, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I’m looking forward to this next year of reading…I’ve set aside a number of books to pick  up some of the studies and interests that were sparked from last year and look forward to sharing my thoughts with you about them as well. Now, here’s the list!

 Prayer books are a favorite of mine. Several years ago, I was introduced to written prayers and fixed hour prayers. Since that introduction, I’ve collected and used various prayer books that have been instrumental in teaching me more about prayer and help me to learn more about the continuous practice of prayer. I have listed several of the prayer books I used during the past year as honorable mention favorites. Also, I’ve included Stephen Macchia’s book, Crafting a Rule of Life, as another honorable mention favorite. Stephen’s teaching about creating and living a personal rule of life has been a spiritual discipline I’ve practiced since 2009 when I learned about it for the first time at the Renovare International Conference in San Antonio, TX. I recommend the book and the discipline both.

Honorable Mention:


The Preacher as Educator?

I found this on the blog from the website. It features Brian McLaren in a brief segment sharing his ideas on preaching curriculum for the pastor. While I don’t advocate the theology of McLaren, I have been stirred to think from his books and blog. In this video I find myself in agreement with is suggestion. I have a number of thoughts on the current culture of our weekend worship services. I have spent much of the last five months visiting a number of different faith communities and find teaching, instruction, meaningful engagement with the Church universal, and practical discipleship to be lacking in substantive measure.

Blessed are the meek

Was honored to share the third message in our (my local church) latest sermon series on the Beatitudes. My lesson was on the third beatitude; “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.” I have included the audio file, outline with discussion questions, and my manuscript. Blessings!

Outline and discussion questions here |||||  Manuscript here

2009OCT04 WGWUTB humble by valleychapel

icrucified audio: One Church Pt.2

This was a sermon I shared in yesterday’s continuation of our “One Church” Core Values teaching. My contribution to this was centered on our core commitments of Growing through Spiritual Development and Loving & Encouraging One Another. I am including the audio file as well as my sermon notes. I always enjoy feedback and discussion!

Sermon Transcript ||| Outline and Small Group Discussion Questions

2009SEPT06 OneChurch Pt2 by icrucified

Guard Your Heart – Guard Your Marriage

Over twenty-two years ago Laurie and I attended a small “revival” meeting in Start, Louisiana. The visiting evangelist was a man named Danny Stevenson. During that evening toward the end of the service, Brother Stevenson came to Laurie and I laying hands on us in prayer. During his prayer he spoke words that reflected a shared (Laurie and I) life in service and ministry for the Lord Jesus Christ. Through trials, turmoil, and many years of my own rebellion and selfishness we arrived today as one…Laurie and Jeff, sharing ministry side-by-side teaching about what marriage looks like in the eyes of the Creator of marriage. While ministry and serving Jesus is a joy to me beyond expression, today a memory was made that will stand as cherished for the remainder of my days.

I am including with the audio file, two .pdf documents:

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