I have said before that I pastor a church in Knoxville, Iowa, so I decided to start uploading my sermons on this site. As some of you will see, there are times when I hesitate when I am speaking (although I try to cover it up pretty well). The reason, sometimes, that I hesitate is that I am seeking the correct words for the situation. I have given serious thought to creating a series of "bingo" cards for my church; there are certain phrases I use quite often now, such as "what is the best to say this..." or "probably the best way to say it is...". The truth is that these are just ways for me to remember what I was going to say. So, I hope that you enjoy the sermons.
It has been nearly 6 years since I have updated this blog; my apologies. For those that had been following for some time, since I last posted: I stepped down as Senior Pastor at New Covenant church in Knoxville, I moved to Ankeny, Iowa, started a new ministry with St. Croix hospice as Chaplain. I was chaplain with St. Croix for about 4 1/2 years, then in 2020 I moved back to Stratford to pastor First Baptist church. It was a big change going from chaplain work back to the pastorate. I must confess, when I first came (back) to Stratford I was ready to pastor again! I love preaching; I love the ministry of being a pastor, and I love interacting with people long-term. (Being a chaplain is great, but you only interact with a family for a week or so, for some a little longer, but there was a constant upheaval of people and it was exhausting at times...) But, one thing that I have noticed since my stroke is that I get my feeling hurt easily. For instance, people leave the church all the tim