the tentmaker

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Location: Sharpsburg, Georgia, United States

"...because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together — by trade they were tentmakers." Acts 18:3. Tentmaker is a title taken by bi-vocational pastors. As such, I am both a pastor and a project manager. I am a pastor of a local congregation of moderate, accepting and affirming people who worship in the Baptist tradition. We call our church "Hope Memorial Baptist" and we are about 40 in number. I am also a project manager of major construction projects for the State of Georgia. My home and church is in rural Coweta County, between Peachtree City and Newnan, with a mailing address of Sharpsburg, Georgia.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Food for thought

From: Achtemeier, Elizabeth, Preaching Hard Texts of the Old Testament, Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 1998.
I was once asked in an interview to explain some of the characteristics that separate great preaching from mediocre preaching. Without going into all of the details of my response, probably the principle thing that should be said is that great preachers talk mostly about God and not about human problems. It is very easy for anybody to tell what is wrong with our world and what are the common struggles and sins of us human beings. We have only to look about us or to read the morning headlines. Even a twelve year old can compile a list of the evils in our society. But it takes a preacher to say what God is doing about them.


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