of words and wordsmiths, a warning

In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, but he who restrains his lips is wise. ~Proverbs 10:19 (NKJV) From childhood, I wanted to be a preacher. The strongest influences on my life were pastors and evangelists. I had not entered double digits in age when I began to understand the power of a well-spoken word. I was […]

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Dear Preacher: Do you really speak for God?

Dear Preacher, I have a thing or two to say to you. In church Sunday, the preacher I was listening to was talking about how to listen to a sermon. He was teaching us how to listen to him and apply what he told us. I powerfully resisted the inclination to consider how self-serving such […]

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An Old Preacher’s Admonition: Please, Quit!

Years ago, when I was a young pastor in California, some well-meaning chowderhead gave me a book titled, Dear Preacher, Please Quit!  (If you were that chowderhead, I apologize…for not telling you sooner.) The book’s author was no Rhodes’ scholar. Nor was he much of a theologian. Nor was he a writer. His name was […]

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