Pastor appreciation: Heartfelt letters have impact

 
While pastors appreciate the marriage getaways and financial gifts that sometimes come their way during Pastor Appreciation Month, Dave Miller suggests there may be something even more important to consider. "I think the best thing you can do if you really want to honor your pastor is to write him a letter," said Miller, who is president of the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference and pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Sioux City, Iowa. "Tell him how his ministry impacted ...

Discerning ministry call focus of new book by MBTS president

 
Jason Allen believes there are 10 questions that will help a Christ-follower decide whether or not they are being called by God into the ministry. In the book "Discerning Your Call to Ministry," Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's president poses questions to help students, aspiring pastors and even current ones, grasp whether ministry is for them. Within the 154-page work, Allen gleans from Scripture, church history and his own personal experience as a former pastor and seminary president to offer a proper ...

'But seriously folks': Humor's place in pulpit assessed

 
The legendary British preacher Charles Spurgeon was once rebuked by a woman in his congregation who felt he used too much humor in his sermons. As Baptist historian Michael Haykin recounts the story, Spurgeon replied, "Well, madam, if you knew the number of things that I refrain from saying, you would give me more credit." Humor abounds in the human mind, but the question for preachers is how often, if ever, to employ it in sermons. Chris Osborne, a Texas ...