The smoking rostrum

MASSILLON, Oh. (BNC) by Rick Kelley — Everyone has heard a fiery sermon. Some old preachers were known as fire-and-brimstone preachers. I had a book some years ago called Sermons that Sizzle. It even had flames on the cover. But I never imagined a sermon with actual fire. Well, sort of.

I was preaching the second lesson in my series, “The Greatness of the Bible.” The first one had gone well, was received well, and I had mountains more material than allotted time. So I decided to let it be a running series until I was exhausted, or my material was exhausted. I hoped the people who told me they wanted more weren’t being sarcastic.   Continue reading “The smoking rostrum”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

4 baptized after preacher appeals ‘not to go with emotions of the moment’

LIBERTY, Mo. (BNC) by Stephen Lord — I’ve been preaching an evidence-based series on Jesus — as a real person, gospels are trustworthy, resurrection an historical fact, why he came, etc.

I wrapped up the series with an old-fashioned presentation on how to respond to and accept the gospel . . . with a twist. Continue reading “4 baptized after preacher appeals ‘not to go with emotions of the moment’”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

‘Older generation of preachers don’t deserve modern contempt.’ Son analyzes dad’s sermons

SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. (BNC) — After Father’s Day this year, gospel preacher Paul Holland began preaching some of his father’s sermons in his honor.

Paul pulled out a random number of his dad’s sermons and analyzed them. He made these observations. Continue reading “‘Older generation of preachers don’t deserve modern contempt.’ Son analyzes dad’s sermons”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Preacher given sermon manuscript, ‘told to preach it verbatim’

WOODBURY, Tenn. (BNC) by Joey Ferrell — I am absolutely dismayed about what is going on in the church and the persecution of her faithful servants. Continue reading “Preacher given sermon manuscript, ‘told to preach it verbatim’”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

The sermon that almost wasn’t

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (BNC) by Tim Hester — Sunday morning July 12th was one of those mornings many preachers cherish, time to present a lesson that I had put in many hours of thought, study, and prayer. I just knew down in my heart that “Give Me That Old Time Religion” was going to be a good sermon. Continue reading “The sermon that almost wasn’t”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Preacher responds to his own invitation to come forward

Greg Wanderman family
Greg Wanderman family

CLOVER, S.C. (BNC) — Gospel preacher Greg Wanderman responded this past Sunday to his own invitation after a sermon on “A New Way of Thinking (Stinking Thinking)”, based on Romans 12.2.

Greg confessed his focus on low numbers on Sunday and Wednesday nights, he said yesterday. Continue reading “Preacher responds to his own invitation to come forward”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Preacher remembers father, makes ‘poetic find’ of sermon for grads

LIBERTY, Mo. (BNC) by Stephen Lord — This Sunday is April 12. Exactly three years ago to the day, my father Floyd Lord passed away after several years of fighting the ravages of dementia. Continue reading “Preacher remembers father, makes ‘poetic find’ of sermon for grads”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Video: ‘A letter to me on my first day of ministry’

(BNC) — The video was his brother Jeff’s idea, Dale Jenkins said to BNC, as an introduction to their BETTER preaching conferences held via The Jenkins Institute.

“We had three conferences this year, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas with 350 preachers attending from over 20 states. We plan on having four in 2015 and will expand to South Carolina and Kentucky,” Dale wrote to BNC.

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

‘My strength returned with every step she took!’ God blesses preacher’s bad day

DARIEN, Ga. (BNc) — In his newsletter to supporters mailed July 30, evangelist Marty Broome wrote the following story from the South Georgia coast. Thanks to Richard Mansel for sharing it online.

“I am weak, but Thou are strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long,
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.”

Just the words to a favorite hymn, but sometimes a song can say more than we can ever verbalize. Everyone who knows me, knows that I’m a positive person, or at least I try to be.

But if I’m honest, working in the mission field can be a little discouraging from time to time. I was going through one of those times just a couple of weeks ago when Sunday morning rolled around. Continue reading “‘My strength returned with every step she took!’ God blesses preacher’s bad day”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Pulpits tackle errors of the Noah movie

Baker Heights church, Abilene, Tex., hears Noah sermons in April
Baker Heights church, Abilene, Tex., hears Noah sermons in April

(BNc) — After the botched Hollywood version of the Noah story, preachers and teachers are setting the record straight. Seeing the moment as an opportunity to teach the gospel, Christians are taking on the challenge of presenting the truth about Noah.

BNc asked several people how and why they were dealing the the topic in their sermons and classes. Continue reading “Pulpits tackle errors of the Noah movie”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Preacher shares what happens ‘five minutes after death’

eddie-parrishBEDFORD, Tex. (BNc) — Yesterday, speaking to the Brown Trail congregation in the morning sermon, Eddie Parrish helped the hearers to think about what it will be like “Five Minutes After Death.”

Eddie based his lesson on Jesus’ story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16. Continue reading “Preacher shares what happens ‘five minutes after death’”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Alabama minister preaches at car dealership

Minister Scott McCown
Minister Scott McCown

PARRISH, Ala. (BNc) — Scott McCown, minister with the Parrish congregation, spoke the gospel to management of a car dealership in Jasper Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The Public and Community Relations Liason from Scott Crump Toyota in Jasper called him the day before with an invitation to lead a devotional with the management staff.

She had produced the congregation’s television program before working with the dealership and “she immediately thought of me as someone she appreciate and thought would lead the devotionals,” Scott said.

So promptly at 8 a.m., Scott sat in a conference room with eight managers and the owner of Scott Crump Toyota. Continue reading “Alabama minister preaches at car dealership”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Preachers who ‘want to hang on to job’ don’t preach moral political issues, says minister

Why preachCOOKEVILLE, Tenn. (BNc) — Buddy Johnson, pulpit minister with the Jefferson Ave. congregation, replied on the Nov. 2 iPreach podcast to a question by cohost Adam Faughn about when to preach on issues that are both political and moral.

His partial reply included the observation that a preacher may say to himself, “Hey, I want hang on to my job,” so he might tend to ignore moral issues which are politically charged. Continue reading “Preachers who ‘want to hang on to job’ don’t preach moral political issues, says minister”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Biography: Preacher accused of spying for Hitler

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (BNc) — Preacher J.B. Gaither’s youngest daughter has published a biography his life and work.

Sandra Gaither Pitchford wrote J.B. Gaither, His Place in Time, a 408-page book packed with photos, sermons and articles of this “old-timey” preacher, as he delighted in referring to himself.

Gleaned from Gaither’s personal diaries kept for 50 years, the book, released Nov., 2008, details the abundant life and service from 1901 to his death in 1980. Continue reading “Biography: Preacher accused of spying for Hitler”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Columbia hosts preacher’s retreat

by Jody Apple

COLUMBIA Tenn. (BNc)- The 11th annual Columbia Bible Institute’s Preachers Retreat will be held Nov. 3-6. Continue reading “Columbia hosts preacher’s retreat”

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

Polishing the Pulpit begins in just ten days!

by Allen Webster

SEVIERVLLE, Tenn. (BNc)- This annual gathering of preachers, elders, deacons, church members, youth ministers and their wives will be held this year in the Great Smoky Mountains Aug. 22-28.

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Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us