If you had to name the wildest preacher in the Bible, who do you think it would be?
I think it would be John the baptizer!
Think about it: John’s ministry was based in the wild, he dressed wild, he ate wild, he preached a wild message of repentance and he received a wild response from the people!
Maybe we preachers need to be a little less “civilized” and little more wild like John. Just a thought.
Yesterday, some sap in the greater Los Angeles area won Powerball’s 1.5 billion dollar prize. He’ll now become the gambling industry’s poster boy for the poor man’s tax, impoverishing more still those who can least afford to let go of their money. The money he pockets came directly from millions of others who cherished his hopes. Does he consider that his winning meant their loss? Probably not. Gambling is truly a lose-lose situation. Even the winner is a loser. But isn’t that the way the world works?
A billionaire gave some advice to the winner of the lottery. Say no to friends and family. Apparently, he’s telling the newest member of his exclusive club to refuse all requests to share the wealth.
Suddenly, the winner will have the most loving extended family and will gain many new friends. “Wealth attracts many friends, but a poor man is separated from his friend” Prov 19.4 HCSB. Money moves the world. Continue reading
A FEW PERSONAL NOTES
The first issue of “Hugh’s News & Views” was sent out on November 11, 2010. That first issue was titled “What’s This?” In it I explained that HNV was a personal medium that would be sent to family, friends, neighbors, fellow Christians, and others who might be interested in receiving it. I said that I would discuss biblical, religious, and spiritual matters, political, social, and cultural matters, recreation, entertainment, and sports matters, and, from time to time, personal and family matters. Today’s edition falls into the latter category. Continue reading
As thousands of innocent and naïve young people recently trooped off to college for the first time, I was reminded that sixty years ago I entered Freed-HardemanCollege (now University) in Henderson, Tennessee as a freshman. It was September 1955, and I was seventeen years old. (As a matter of trivia, it also was the month and year that “Gunsmoke” debuted on television). I sometimes wonder where the years have gone. As I recently said while visiting with my old college friend, Jay Lockhart, there has been a lot of water over the dam since we were students at Freed-Hardeman. Continue reading
Irks me to no end to hear or read the phrase “preacher for ___ church.” You’ll note that we avoid it in places like Brotherhood News and Forthright Magazine. Sure, Paul can call himself a servant of the church, but the modern phrase comes from a far inferior concept — an employer-employee mentality, exactly part of the problem today in the American church. Continue reading
WHAT KIND OF PREACHER AM I?
A few weeks ago I wrote under the heading, “Sixty-Two Years of Preaching.” While I do not introduce myself to others as a preacher, and while I do not wear the titles of “Reverend,” “Pastor,” or “Father,” and while I do not wear any special “clerical” garb (either in or out of the pulpit), in spite of it all people still sometimes find out that I am a preacher. When I walk into my local barber shop, one of the barbers always greets me with a loud, “Come in, pastor,” code language for the other customers to watch their language and their jokes because a preacher is on the scene! (Yes, I still go to an old-fashion, “men’s only” barber shop, rather than one of those modern unisex salons!) When people learn that I am a preacher almost immediately their next question is, “What kind of preacher are you?” Continue reading
SIXTY-TWO YEARS OF PREACHING
This year marks sixty-two years since I made my first boyish effort (in the spring of 1953 at the age of 15) to stand before an audience and deliver a sermon. According to my records, that “sermon” was delivered to a little band of Christians gathered on a Sunday afternoon at the LibertySchool House in Walton County, Florida. Soon thereafter I also preached a few times at the small PleasantValleyChurch of Christ in adjoining Holmes County, Florida, and, still later, I spoke one Sunday morning at the GaskinChurch of Christ, north of my boyhood home in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. It was at Gaskin that I had my first public response to the gospel. Continue reading