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Which Six Pastors Best Represent Baptist Preachers? A Review of Joel Gregory’s Global Anthology on Baptist Preaching

TravelBaptist Preaching Free Learning Article

By George Bullard

Four years ago Joel Gregory, Professor of Preaching at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University, was commissioned by the Baptist World Alliance to study representative Baptist preaching throughout the world. Talk about taking a bite out of an elephant? How do you pick just a few? His challenge was to come up with six or less preachers from North America. With six regions of the world that was still three dozen preachers.

Promised out of this study was a book—a heavy book—from Baylor University Press. I guess I never thought it would take four years to complete this project and get the book published. But it did. The book has finally arrived. Baptist Preaching: A Global Anthology, Joel C. Gregory, Editor, has just been released and is available at www.Amazon.com by clicking HERE.

If you want to buy one, pull out your platinum card because the retail price is $59.95. Doesn’t this sound just about right for an academic publisher who believes every book should be seen as a textbook, and no textbook is worth its considerable weight unless it costs at least $50.00? If you want it, you have to buy the whole thing. They are not—at least initially—making it available as a Kindle eBook. Sad!

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Which Six Pastors Best Represent Baptist Preachers?

"Four years ago Joel Gregory, Professor of Preaching at George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University, was commissioned by the Baptist World Alliance to study representative Baptist preaching throughout the world. Talk about taking a bite out of an elephant? How do you pick just a few? His challenge was to come up with six or less preachers from North America. With six regions of the world that was still three dozen preachers."

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Who Left on Those Lights?

Electric

A Travel Free Learning Article

By George Bullard

That Electricity Costs the Church Money!

During a recent research visit with a congregation, I was waiting in the hall for the pastor to finish a conversation with a staff person before we began our dialogue. A well-dressed older gentleman–probably in his late 70s– came up behind me and started complaining about the lights being on in the sanctuary and the money the electricity being used would cost the church.

I thought to myself, “What a classic complaint by a senior adult. I wonder how the pastor is going to handle this when he comes out of the staff member’s office.”

I could tell his agenda was more emotionally urgent than mine, so I stood aside for he and the pastor to talk first. He voiced his complaint to the pastor. Without hesitation, without raising his voice, without any sign of anger or anxiety the pastor said, “Oh, Wanda, our wedding director was showing a family the sanctuary in preparation for an upcoming wedding. Would you mind going and turning them off for us? George and I have a commitment to meet.”

“Sure”, said the older gentleman. “I just wanted to know who left them on. I can handle that.” You see, Wanda is a layperson he knows and respects. He may have thought he was going to get the opportunity to verbally discipline the pastor or a staff person. But not this time.

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Smart Congregations Call 911 Sooner Rather Than Later

A Travel Free Learning Article Call 911

By George Bullard

On a pleasant morning a few years ago at a church preschool, a 3-year-old boy fell backwards off a piece of playground equipment and hit his head. It was no one’s fault. It just happened.

His symptoms indicated the need to be checked out by a doctor. The preschool director called his mother and could not reach her. The father was called, but he was a doctor performing surgery at that hour. The boy’s pediatrician was called and the nurse in that office said, “If there is no one who can bring him to our office, then call 911.”

By this time the boy’s symptoms intensified and the caregivers at the preschool were anxious. The director responded, “We can bring him to your office.” The director decided she would drive and a member of the staff would hold the boy in their lap in the back seat. They set out for the doctor’s office ten minutes away.

On the way as they approached a busy intersection, the boy’s trauma seemed to increase. The director turned around to see what was happening, the traffic light in front of her turned red, and she broadsided another car in the intersection.

At this point, 911 was the only reasonable choice. Within a few minutes the EMT’s arrived, treated the boy at the scene and took him to the hospital as a precaution. He was back in preschool within a couple of days.

Lessons Learned by the Preschool Staff

In the days following, the preschool director and her staff debriefed the situation and listed several lessons learned from this experience. First, they were right to seek medical assistance for the boy. It is important to care for the child as a first priority.

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Is Your Denomination Slowly Committing Suicide?

Church on a HillA Travel Free Learning Article

By George Bullard

For decades we have known that persons who smoke multiple packs of cigarettes per day are slowly committing suicide. Many of these people did not want to commit suicide. Some claim they did not know they were committing suicide.

At some point in their life they started smoking because it was cool, to deal with stress, in response to peer pressure, as a rebellion against their parents, because cigarettes were denied to them, or because cigarettes were available to them.

Later they became hooked and even if they wanted to quit many could not or were in denial. Even when they began showing signs of illness they could not stop. Even when they were told they were committing suicide they could not stop. Even when they were hospitalized due to their illness and had surgery to remove diseased parts of their body they could not stop. Even when constantly on oxygen some could not quit.

In What Ways Is This Like Your Denomination?

Many denominations are slowly committing suicide. Suicide is not an intentional destination. It is, however, the unintended consequence of their collective actions over multiple years.

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