On this episode, I interview Jordan Richmond, a worship pastor at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, FL. We discuss the ideal volume for music in worship services. Jordan talks about why people are so hypercritical about church music. He also answers the question, How should we define worship? This episode is brought to you by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Trained Up, and LifeWay Pastors. Subscribe: iTunes ● Google Play Follow us on Twitter: @estchurch, Read more [...]
  Shepherding requires pastors to enter into the lives of people. If you are a pastor, then you cannot lead from the platform alone. When people only hear from you when you’re behind the pulpit, it becomes more of an ivory tower and less of a sacred desk. You can’t hang out with everyone all the time, even in a small church. But it’s likely you need to hang out more often with at least some in your church. I like to watch baseball. I happen to live in an area with a major league Read more [...]



I’m preaching a series called “Summer in the Psalms.” In Psalm 32, we learn about God’s forgiveness. The most joyful people in the world are the most repentant. Uncovered sin is covered by God. Repentance without change is self-pity. God’s forgiveness follows your confession.


    Every pastor and minister needs to understand the culture in which they serve. In this episode, the guys talk a little about how to see the needs in your neighborhood and meet those needs with the gospel. This episode is brought you by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and LifeWay Pastors. With Southeastern learn how you can GO to reach your community, your nation, and your world. Where are you going? Southeastern will help you get there. Connect with pastoral Read more [...]
  Every Monday morning, I swivel in my desk chair—praying, pondering. Yellow legal pads fill with chicken scratch in a language only I understand. About fifty Mondays a year, around 3:00 p.m., I start to wonder if I’ll have anything worthwhile to say the following Sunday. The other two Mondays I’m on vacation. I know it’s the Holy Spirit, but many weeks it feels like sheer luck. My sermon comes together, and cogent points begin to form. I’ve heard of some pastors using their Read more [...]