Posts by Wayne Jones

Posts by Wayne Jones

Preaching With Patience

What makes a preacher? Is it his clever outlines? Is it his “preacher” voice? Is it his intimidating presence in the pulpit? Is it his vast library or his years of experience? Most of us would agree that the previous questions are somewhat superficial and that these things do not truly identify what makes a preacher a preacher. However, the idea expressed in our title (no matter how Biblical it is), is not usually considered the measure of a preacher…

Headline: Apostasy a Thing of the Past

Just a quick internet search will yield any number of results linking net travelers to articles expressing the same amazement at or offering medical reasons for the drastic decrease in flu cases. Healthline.com shared an article entitled “Why the Flu Almost Disappeared This Year.” Another study provided by Harvard Health Care addressed the issue in an article titled, “Amid COVID-19, a Stunning Reversal in Flu Seasons Around the World.” On the CDC’s official website, you can also find an article…

Big Lessons From a Little Book

Of all the minor prophets Obadiah might be the most minor of them all. Keep in mind that this designation is neither about rank nor importance. The term “minor prophet” is simply a nickname earned by the sheer volume and length of these books. Of the 12, Obadiah is the shortest. This one chapter, 21-verse book is not only shorter than the other 11 Minor Prophet books,it’s the shortest book in all the Old Testament. There are a few other…

The Fallout of Evangelism

By definition, “fallout” can refer to the bad results of poor decisions or the adverse side effects of an unfortunate situation. According to Merriam-Webster, the first definition is the “radioactive particles falling through the atmosphere as a result of a nuclear explosion.” Wow! That definition makes the title of this week’s post a tad bit dramatic and sensational. We only use the term in this sense –there is always a ripple effect when the Gospel is believed and obeyed. 2…

I Was Today Years Old…

I am not sure if the saying was around before the days of Twitter and Pinterest, but “I was today years old” has become a fixture in online conversation and discovery. It simply points to any moment in time when you realize something that you had never realized before –something that now seems clear and obvious. We just can’t believe we had never noticed it before the moment we finally did. For example, did you know that the “L” in…

In Times Like These…

If you are like me, your responses to our current social, political, and even religious climate have been varied. Again, if you are like me, you haven’t always conveyed the right words or spirit in discussing and reacting to events of the past several months. I believe that brother Scott Elliot, preacher for the LaGrange Church of Christ, recently shared something that was powerful and convicting. I hope you will benefit from it like I did. He began with a…

Putting the Preacher in his Place

I probably shouldn’t ask. In fact, I am sure that I know the answer. Here it goes anyway: Have you ever wanted to put your preacher in his place? Have you ever disagreed with his message, his methods, or his manners and just wanted to tell him what you thought? It is likely that most of us who preach the Gospel needs a dose of kind correction now and then. In 1 Thessalonians 2:1-3,Paul puts preachers in their place (actually…

The Sacrifice of Fools

If you need a passage that will help you focus on the Lord’s day, I would suggest reading the opening section of Ecclesiastes chapter and give some heed to the phrase “the sacrifice of fools.” Let’s begin with this understanding – there are many things that we might want to be called when we come into the presence of God; saint, servant, son or daughter, humble, empty, holy, worthless, tired, hungry, or joyous. However, we would never want to be…

Finishing Well

Never has there been a story that started with such promise but ended so tragically. Its details are rehearsed in Bible classes and pulpits every Sunday. It began with 60,000 men (plus women and children) marching by tribe carrying their deceased (Exodus 13:19) and riches from their former lives (Exodus 12:36). They were protected, guided, and fed, by God and they even sang a song of thanksgiving and praise (Exodus 15:1-21). However, their story ended in ruin, failure, and defeat.…
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Parking Lot Lights & A Public Concern

Last Wednesday evening I was privileged to speak at the Lake Country congregation in Marble Falls, TX. The invitation was refreshing, and the visit was encouraging because it was the first like it, this summer. There have been no camps, no mission trips, and no summer series (until last Wednesday anyway). In a time of the year when we are usually the busiest, in many respects, life as normal has come to a halt. Then we drove home pulling into…
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The Slavery of Freedom

It is with great joy and a sense of relief that Christians celebrate the freedom found in the sacrifice of Christ. There is no shame in such a celebration. After all, Jesus promised freedom by way truth (John 8:32) and James even called the law of Christ the law of liberty(Jam. 1:25). It is that promise of liberty that draws us to Christ in the first place. As slaves in and to sin, men made in the image of God…
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Present Failure, Future Leader

In his book Sticky Leaders, Osborne argues that any meaningful change is brought about by those who have failed. He writes, “Make no mistake. It cannot be avoided. It’s the dark side of the creative process…failure is an integral part of the change process.” Since we are not born “leadership ready,” then we must learn, grow, and mature into being the leaders that God wants us to be. There is a reason that an elder is not to be a…
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