Category: General

A Message for the Shepherds

As any dad can attest, some of the greatest moments of my life were at the birth of my children. On four separate occasions I stood in the delivery room and “assisted” (the midwife’s term for keeping the dad busy so he doesn’t get in the way) with the birth of a new child. Of […]

Was Victoria Osteen Correct?

If you spend much time on social media, it is likely that you have seen the clip of Joel Osteen’s wife, Victoria, imploring Lakewood Church to worship God because “when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God…we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we’re happy.” Is Victoria right? Did she […]

History of First Baptist Church

This past weekend First Baptist Church of Bremen celebrated its 75th anniversary. Here is the article I wrote for the newspaper. Thank God for 75 years of ministry! On September 23, 1939, a group of twenty-three believers gathered in the home of Frank and Arvilla Kiefer on Grant Street in Bremen, with the intention of […]

How to Preach a Funeral

One of the greatest privileges I have as a pastor is officiating at funerals. I realize that sounds horrendously morbid, but funerals provide the opportunity to help people during one of the biggest crises of their lives. This topic is fresh on my mind because I have preached five funerals in the past month, including […]

The Sound Mind

This is the second post in the “Battle for Your Mind” summarized series. Click here to view the previous post. THE BATTLE FOR YOUR MINDTHE SOUND MIND  “What in the world was I thinking?!” “I finally got it all together, but I can’t remember where I put it.” “I’m sorry . . . my brain […]

The Pastor’s Wife and a Happy Anniversary!

Fifteen years ago today I stood at the front of Grace Community Baptist Church in Monticello, Indiana, as my future father-in-law walked my bride up the aisle. Little did we know at that time the twists and turns our life together would take. She was a teacher; I was a computer network technician. About two […]