August 17, 2017

The Ministry of Funerals for Unbelievers

Wally Morris My wife and I have been serving the Lord at Charity Baptist Church for almost 23 years, longer than any other pastor in Huntington. Our town is a small town (less than 18,000 people) and the population is decreasing as businesses are closing. Huntington is a rural, farming area with light industry and […]

The Sermon and the “Sermonater”

George Stiekes Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. II Timothy 2:15 Have you ever wondered all that the pastor must do in order to prepare a good sermon?

Christmas Cookies in an Empty Coffee Can

Volker Stoeckmann I sat listening intently as a middle-aged widow, the mother of four, taught us Bible stories in her broken English. She made the Bible come to life for my impressionable young mind as she pulled figures of Moses, Daniel, Ruth, John the Baptist, and the Christ-child out from the pages of her Bible […]

When Does Old Age Arrive?

Bob Jones III When my grandfather was the age I am now and I was a teenager, I heard him speak often about how much older people had to offer the next generation — wisdom, prudence, experience, the benefit of learning from their mistakes. I did not receive his comments with understanding or appreciation. There […]

My Priorities During Eight Years of Youth Ministry

  Jonathan Threlfall My wife Christa and I began serving at our current ministry on June 18, 2008. Shortly after we began, I wrote out five priorities that I believed should guide my ministry as youth pastor. I haven’t perfectly executed these priorities. There are many things I would have done differently or more diligently. […]

The “Two Hands” of Ministry

Taigen Joos In 2006 an approach to church ministry began to gain popularity. It was called a “two-handed” approach to ministry. One closed hand represented the theology of the church and its grasp of biblical truth and principles. The hand being closed symbolized the non-negotiable aspects of theology. One open hand represented the methodology of […]

Prepared to Stand Alone

J. C. Ryle: Prepared to Stand Alone Iain H. Murray, Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2016. 259 pgs. Reviewed by Don Johnson Noted biographer Iain Murray brings us another outstanding piece of work in J. C. Ryle: Prepared to Stand Alone. His book is very readable and presents an objective (but warm) account of the […]

The Goal of a Minister of Music

Kurt Stephens Any minister of music who could master the question “What are you trying to accomplish?” would truly be successful. Having spent the past eleven years serving as Minister of Music, I can attest that the elements I contribute to my church’s services have been shaped and motivated by many factors. The first of […]

Enjoying the Ministry

Jerry Sivnksty The Psalmist David declares in Psalm 37:4, “Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” My delighting in the Lord should be the testimony and declaration of my ministry. I’m afraid that we get so busy in the ministry that we develop the mentality of […]

Sheep in the Midst of Wolves

Dayton Hobbs Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Matt. 10:16). Jesus gave this instruction and advice to His disciples as He sent them out to minister as “sheep in the midst of wolves” in their generation. He offers this same instruction for those of us who desire to be good disciples […]