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
Preaching needs to change in order to adapt to the postmodern mind, says one author. Read this review of the book:
It’s a review of a book, but you have any thoughts pro or con on it?
I am nearing three score and ten, just a couple more years. I’ve been preaching for nearly half a century. It is a time of life that many set aside their work and retire to other activities. But my chosen path does not allow for such a choice. In all the years I’ve lived, the need for the word of God has never been greater. I like to think of myself as a gospel preacher. Gospel means “good tidings” and that is what I prefer to focus upon. But times have changed and while the good news is still relevant, evil days are ever more so prevalent. I’d rather declare the love of God for all, but as Jesus Himself said, “when lawlessness abounds, the love of many grows cold.” Lawlessness abounds, sinfulness flourishes, iniquity overflows, wickedness thrives, perversity infests and the faithful faint, the righteous relapse, the godly decline, and Christians everywhere weaken. This is not time to quit; it is time to remain steadfast. This is Just-A-Minute.