Adventist Preaching Interview

In May 2020 I had the privilege of interviewing with Christopher Findley, who moderates the Adventist Preaching Facebook group. I shared how I got started preaching and things that have helped me become a better preacher and pastor. Here’s the interview.

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Can a pandemic shut down soul winning?

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Can a pandemic shut down soul winning? Of course not! 

Pastor John Bradshaw and the It Is Written team were ready to launch Hope Awakens, a city-wide evangelistic series in Indianapolis, Indiana this spring as part of the preparation for the General Conference Session scheduled for summer 2020. But then COVID – 19 swept the globe and the best laid plans seemed to be completely blocked.

When God allows a door to close He may be opening a window. A window of opportunity! The It Is Written team saw a God-given opportunity to take the Hope Awakens evangelistic series globally online at a time when millions would be limited to their homes. Why not spread the everlasting gospel and the Three Angels Message faster than the coronavirus! Major adjustments were made and plans revised.  Continue reading

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Ellen White on Church Growth

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Check out these amazing insights on what it takes to see God’s church grow! Share any thoughts in the comments below. 

God has given to “every man his work.” He has not left the spiritual interests of the church wholly in the hands of the minister. It is not for the good of the minister, nor for the good of the individual members of the church, that the minister should undertake exclusive charge of the Lord’s heritage. Each member of the church has a part to act in order that the body may be preserved in a healthful condition. Continue reading

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Four Tips to Maximize Your Reaping Meetings

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Many churches have reaping meetings in the spring and fall. Here are four tips to maximize your results. Continue reading

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“Our church is financially broke”

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Every church goes through lean times financially. Four years ago it was our turn.1 Our church treasurer came to me with the bad news. “Pastor, as you know, we have been falling behind on our bills each month for several years. Our church is now financially broke. We can’t even pay the utilities bill this month. What are we supposed to do?” But today, four years later, all our bills are paid, we have a reserve fund of four months’ expenses, and our tithe two years ago was almost twice what it was four years ago. When people ask how we did it, I tell them that only the Lord can reverse a downward spiral like that, but there were three key ways we learned to cooperate with Him. Continue reading

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Baptism for the Dead? 1 Corinthians 15:29

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“Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead?” 1 Corinthians 15:29.

So what does “baptism for the dead” mean?

What do you do when you run into a verse that is somewhat obscure?

Here are three things that can help…

  1. Look at the context of the passage.
  2. Look at key words in the verse and study their meaning throughout the Bible.
  3. List possible meanings and, asking for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, select the one that fits best with the context and key words.

Context

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Why Not Try This? …Take the 2020 Challenge

baptismAre you ready for the 2020 challenge?

As a pastor (or church leader), by the end of 2020 what will you have done, cooperating with the Holy Spirit, to bring people into God’s final movement? There will be a thousand distractions, a hundred other things, and a dozen fires to put out to derail you from doing the most important things.

I love what the apostle Paul said in Acts 20:20. “I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house.”

Based on that, I’d like to personally challenge you to do three things in 2020. Continue reading

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