Paying Attention to the ‘Musts’ of Jesus

Paying Attention to the ‘Musts’ of Jesus

Telling others what they “should,” “ought” or “must” do is typically a turnoff. Even persons in rightful places of authority — parents, teachers, supervisors — usually choose less-demanding language to make their expectations known, like: “It might be good if you...
No Opening Acts: A Lesson in Mentoring

No Opening Acts: A Lesson in Mentoring

Concertgoers are familiar with opening acts. Lesser known, and often less-talented, performers take the stage ahead of the headlining artist. It’s a time for early arrivers to find the bathrooms, the merchandise stand and eventually their seats — and for late arrivers...
Sermon Preparation of the First Order

Sermon Preparation of the First Order

When the new Nurturing Faith Commentary: Lectionary Resources for Preaching and Teaching became available on August 1, the first order came from Nathan Byrd III, pastor of Milledge Avenue Baptist Church in Athens, Georgia. Covering the various biblical texts...