Preacher on the Run…

Faith, Family, Ministry, and Everything in between



Personal Testimonies (Feature Friday 07/10/20)

It is a battle that philosophers, politicians, pastors, and pop culture icons have debated down through the years. It’s a controversy that seems to be raging once again in our world and our culture. Is an objective reality more important or is my lived experience what matters most? Eternal truth. Experiential learning. Which one of these is more important? Which one is more valuable?

It seems one is caught between a rock and a hard place. While I would never want to be noted as denying an obvious eternal truth, I also do not want to downplay or diminish the experiential reality of an individual. Yet so often, that seems to be where we are left to wrestle. It shows up in family conversations, social media interactions, neighborhood discussions, and church services.

What if experiential learnings where actually designed and meant to support and promote eternal truths?

One example of this dichotomy that has been drawn shows up within the church. When a group of people, who follow Jesus, gather together what should be on display and celebrated – eternal truth or experienced reality? Don’t get me wrong, I am not supporting existentialism. What I am asking is: what if sharing our experiences were actually a form of proclaiming eternal truths?

Dustin Crowe gets to the point in his article “Your Church Needs More Time for Personal Testimonies“. He list 3 great benefits to encourage us to facilitate time for people to share their stories in our gatherings. The list of practical ways to do this are endless and Dustin gets us off to a great start at the end of his piece as well.

Eternal truth OR Experiential learning? Why does it have to be either/or? Like so many things within the Christian worldview, I think the answer is both/and. Enjoy the article and let me know how else you could see personal testimonies being shared in your circles. As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

Feature Friday (3/24/17)

The service started at 5:00, and we were pulling into the parking lot at 4:58. My wife would tell you that we were early; I knew we were late. We got the kids out of the van, bags in tow, and began heading toward what seemed like the entrance. The closer we got to the doorway, it became evident those doors were not the entrance. When we eventually found the right door, a younger guy greeted us, then quickly turned around and ensured the door was closed. I looked left and right and saw no sign of where to drop our kids off. I felt confused, out of place, and partially unwelcome.

Ever have an experience like that? Unfortunately, this is the reality for too many visiting families when they arrive at church for the first time. As the saying goes, “You will never get a second chance to make a first impression.”

Check out today’s Feature Friday, where I wrote a guest post for Disciplr blog. I share 6 How To’s on welcoming church visitors to a children’s ministry. Enjoy and as always, be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (1/9/15)

imagesModesty. An issue that almost makes you cringe. However, when you speak of such a topic around Christians and in regards to church attire, the debate will rage. So this week’s collective post brings great insight into the question of modesty in answering the question: “What To Say to That Immodestly Dressed Girl at Church“.

Enjoy and be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Getting Outside of Me

More Important than Getting Things Done

Donny. Just another name, another face, another person in the endless sea of faces (as the band Kutless once put it in a song title) someone may interact with everyday. However, Donny taught Tony Anderson an important lesson; a lesson I believe every human being needs a reminder of daily. But also a lesson every believer in Jesus Christ needs challenged with and encouraged with. In a world full of getting things done, checking things off of to do lists, and getting to the top of our dreams, Donny is a much needed rebuke and reminder. This video speaks volumes about relationships and the importance of them. But even greater this video speaks volumes about a a lifestyle of discipleship the church needs to be focused on. Who helps you get outside of yourself?

Feature Friday (1/17/14)

church-clip-art-10Healthy churches are messy!” What? There is alot of truth in that statement. The article goes into more detail as to why. Whether you agree or not, the truth is all churches are messy, but what kind of messy should they be?

As always, be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Rediscovering Christmas

christmas_wallpaper_prettyblueThe Christmas season is upon us again. Lights are up, trees are being cut down, and gifts are being bought. But in all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, the real reason for the season is often lost. Now, I don’t mean lost in the sense of “No one ever talks about Jesus”, like a Christian Grinch may verbalize. No, what I mean is that we can quickly and easily lose sight of the awesome event that happened over 2,000 years ago in a little town called Bethlehem. While newly discovered objects and truths are great, it is quite often the rediscovered objects and truths that can bring the greatest joy. So what I would like to do is simply post our church’s most recent outline from our senior pastor’s messages the next three weeks.*** These messages are entitled: Rediscovering Christmas. And the first installment is: Lay Hold of Hope.

Lay Hold of Hope – The Story of Joseph and Mary – Luke 2:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25

The Miracle in BethlehemLuke 2:1-7

  • The Time of Jesus’ birth – Caesar Augustus reigning, Quirinius governing, Herod the Great as ruler
  • The Circumstances of Jesus’ birth – Ancestral homes, Taxes, Swaddling clothes (Jesus cared for), A Common Name for an Uncommon Person

God’s Word to Joseph Matthew 1:18-25 (4 Ways Hope conquers Fear)

  1. Hope conquers fear when we face disappointment.
    • Like Joseph we often come to the wrong conclusions about things.
    • While Joseph was worrying, God was working. – Isaiah 7:14
    • Our fears are unfounded because we forget that God is in control.
  2. Hope conquers fear when we worry about public opinion.
    • Joseph sought to graciously protect Mary from ridicule or worse. – Deuteronomy 22:13-24
    • We must not allow public opinion to shape our future, but must simply obey God. – Proverbs 29:25
    • The angel of the Lord told Joseph not to fear public opinion, for God was at work.
    • Those who are in the center of God’s will need not fear public opinion.
  3. Hope conquers fear when God’s Word is fulfilled.
    • Jesus came to save His people from their sin.
    • Jesus came to fulfill the New Covenant – Jeremiah 31:31-37
  4. Hope conquers fear when we move ahead in obedience.
    • Joseph trusted God and obeyed.
    • Hope is found not in religion or philosophy, but in a Person – Jesus Christ.

So what should we take away from our effort to Lay Hold of Hope?

  1. Identify areas in your life in which you feel hopeless.
  2. Commit to be obedient despite the hopelessness.
  3. Surrender those areas to the One who gives hope.

Rediscovering Christmas series will be continued next week.

Until then…

***Sermon preached by Pastor Rick Wilson at Denbigh Baptist Church December 1st, 2013.***

Feature Friday (11/22/13)

church-clip-art-10This Sunday at our church we will have an installation service for our new pastor. It is at a time like this in the life of a church where I am reminded that each part (member) of the body is important and needed. God has placed each member in the body for the good of the body. This article shares more along this line. So I hope you are encouraged and challenged to fulfill the role God has given you in your local church body.

As always, be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s Day!

Feature Friday (11/8/13)

radio-630x597“If you’re listening to Christian radio in search of new congregational music, we think you should look elsewhere. Here are three reasons why:” Stop listening for new worship songs on the radio!

As always, be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Special Feature Monday (10/14/13)

the_worlds_greatest_pastor_card-p137263073445483299tdn0_400In light of what was a very busy weekend and a busy start to the week enjoy this “guest” post. This question and the practicality of it seems to be more of an issue everyday given the capabilities the internet has given us. So…”who is your pastor…REALLY?”

Check back next Monday for another original post!

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