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.
A few years ago I was presented with the opportunity to come back to Stratford, Iowa, to First Baptist church, as their pastor; for those of you who have followed this blog for some time, FBC in Stratford was my first pastorate. Let's just say I prayed about it as I was jumping at the opportunity. The church has a parsonage, so I could live there and not have to worry about a houe payment; and I needed to slow down, and this was a part time position (which, as a side note, allowed for me to get a greater disability from the VA than when I was working full time with St. Croix Hospice...) We love Stratford, and absolutely love the church; the people are wonderful and accepted us, again, with open arms. This was, for me, the perfect position: I get to pastor a church I LOVE, I get to do life with people I LOVE, and I have already had the opportunity to do weddings and baptism services for kids (adults now) that I have known their entire lives. IT IS GREAT. The longer I have been here,