July 11, 2020

What’s Wrong With The Sermon? III: “I don’t understand it.”

The third in a series of posts examining the basics of good contemporary preaching. This post is not about people whose communication skills are too poor to get the job done. If you are ignorant, or mumble or can't get a talk … [Continue reading...]

More Thoughts On The Emerging Church

When did "emerging" get to mean something that was so clearly, definitely bad? When did we all agree that "emerging" means wrong about everything? I thought "emerging" was an approach, a "style," not a theological confession. … [Continue reading...]

What’s Wrong With The Sermon? II: It’s Boring

In an entertainment addicted, spiritually depraved culture, the Christian message will never escape the charge of being boring, so preachers should tell God's story clearly, creatively and persuasively, but without trading the … [Continue reading...]

It Ought To Be A Parable. It’s That Good.

UPDATE: Here's My Review of End of the Spear" Chad Allen is a homosexual activist, and an actor playing a martyred missionary and his son. Some people can't stand it. Sounds like the outrage of the Gospel to me. Some indeed … [Continue reading...]

What’s Wrong With The Sermon?: It’s Too Long

A new Internet Monk series examining the basics of good preaching by listening to common criticisms. I've been preaching for...well...longer than a lot of you have been on earth. Thirty-four years ago next month I preached my … [Continue reading...]

McCoy’s Open Letter To Seminarians

Readers of the Boar's Head Tavern or SBC blogs are aware that the SBC's International Mission Board has recently decided to draw several inexplicable, extrabiblical, lines in the sand: -Banning anyone who ever spoke in tongues … [Continue reading...]

Walls That Won’t Fall: Basics For the Local Church

In April of last year, a well known Reformed Baptist-apologist-debater-cruise promoter announced to the world that I was "emergent." The word was often repeated about me and the Boar's Head Tavern fellows in general. Rumors must … [Continue reading...]

The Gospel for Appalachia III: Four Christian Responses

People with answers for Appalachia arouse considerable suspicion from those who know the region well. A multi-millionaire standing at a microphone, explaining how his money and ideas will turn the tide, may get his picture in the … [Continue reading...]

The Gospel For Appalachia II: Can The Culture Change?

I want to talk about the Gospel, but first I'm going to tell some stories. Why I am telling these stories should become plain as we go along, but for those of you who might need a clue at the beginning, these stories are about the … [Continue reading...]

The Gospel for Appalachia I

I have 2 or 3 posts about The Gospel for Appalachia that I want to share. This first one introduces the unique aspects of this region and the reasons I am here. The past few days, most of America has been watching--or at least … [Continue reading...]