Monthly Archives: February 2016


1 JOHN 2:2 & THE EXTENT OF THE ATONEMENT

I am currently serving as the Interim Pastor of First Baptist Church, Irving, TX. A few weeks back I began a series of sermons through 1 John. On Sunday, February 14, I preached on 1 John 2:1-2. Verse 2 says: And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but   …Continue Reading


THE SKY IS NOT FALLING

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday. Political pundits have been having a heyday over it. Not surprising. What is surprising, at least somewhat, is the lugubrious prognostications by many Evangelicals via blog banter and twitter jitters. It would seem the sky is falling. Fears of a liberal, even ultra-liberal appointee by President Obama are   …Continue Reading


AGGIE VALENTINE’S DAY POEM

Say what you will about those Aggies, . . . they are a creative bunch! I dredged this up from my Valentine’s Day file. Try this one out on your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day! A ROMANTIC AGGIE VALENTINE’S DAY POEM T. GOMER JONES, Ph.D. Regents Distinguished Professor of Poetry and Poultry Science Texas A &   …Continue Reading


CRASH COURSE IN LINGUISTICS FOR TEXT-DRIVEN PREACHING

A CRASH COURSE IN LINGUISTICS LINGUISTICS – The study of the structure of language, including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. PHONOLOGY – The identification and classification of all sounds used in a given language. LEXICON – Vocabulary of a language GRAMMAR – The study of the forms and structure of words (Morphology) and their arrangements in   …Continue Reading


TEXT-CENTERED PREACHING VS. TEXT-DRIVEN PREACHING

What is the difference between a sermon that is “text-centered” and one that is “text-driven”? Here is a chart I used at the Jacksonville Pastor’s Conference: Text-Centered                                                 Text-Driven Sermon from the text                                    Sermon about the text and derived from it Sermon based on a text                                Sermon explains meaning of the text Focus on textual theme                                Focus on textual   …Continue Reading