Earlier today I taught a class on Expository Preaching trying to compress a few weeks into a few hours. The Lord gave me a Cake to illustrate Expository preaching and I thought I would share it with someone tonight to assist in their preaching:
(From the top)
Candle/Flame is the Subject, to draw attention, that’s written LAST.
The Frosting is the Conclusion and Celebration, that’s written just before the Subject.
Each layer is different, but is made from the same batter (the Word). Each layer (point of the sermon) may be different, but it should be gleaned from the announced text. It should be exegesis not isogesis.
Hope this helps someone . . .
I’ve had something on my heart for the last few weeks and this week I was able to put this into motion. Today, I wrote letters to all of the Kentucky U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senatoral legislators to request consideration of naming our 40601 Frankfort Post Office in the name of my predecessor and First Baptist Church’s longest serving pastor (46 years), the Reverend Dr. Kidd Leon Moore, Jr.
Dr. Moore’s story is unique in the Frankfort area. He came to Frankfort from Chicago after serving as an associate at the Olivet Baptist Church under the leadership of the powerful Dr. Joseph Harrison Jackson, who later became President of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc, and under whose leadership the split occurred that birthed the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. Pastor Moore actually led FBC in to uniting with PNBC and served as Chairman of the New Pastors Committee and the Convention Recording Secretary for many years.
My predecessor, the Reverend Dr. K. L. Moore, Jr., served the Frankfort community for 46 years as pastor of the First Baptist Church (Clinton Street). Under his leadership he held several hats – ambassador to the community, civil rights leader, pastor, community leader, bridge builder between the races, and he was known by all sectors in the community for his service to those who were sick and shut in, for performing countless funerals and weddings, and preaching literally thousands of sermons during his ministry. He can easily be considered one of the most beloved and influential African-Americans in the Frankfort area.
At present, the Post Office for the 40601, which is located just minutes from where Dr. Moore served and lived, has not been named in honor for any particular person. It has been on my heart for the past few weeks to petition you for consideration of this, which you know, would require an Act of the Congress submitted by the Kentucky Congressional Delegation.
I learned a long time ago that you cannot receive blessings if you refuse to be a blessing. Dr. Moore’s commitment to this community is legendary. He broke bread with several Governors and yet visited the Hospitals in the area. He deserves to be honored and I’m hoping that the Senators and Congressmen will agree with me.
I look forward to seeing generations walk through the portals of the Dr. Kidd Leon Moore, Jr. Post Office.
One of the last things to happen to the Titanic before it completely sank was the efforts of the ship’s band. While people where jumping to their deaths, running around, screaming – the band continued to play on. The band reminds me of Mitt Romney and by association, the GOP. They have declared that 47% of us really don’t matter.
I will not put words into his mouth. Here are his words, recorded by an informant to Mother Jones News verbatim:
‘‘There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what,’’ Romney is shown saying in the video of a May 17 fundraiser in Boca Raton, Fla. ‘‘There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.’’
Mr. Romney’s comments display either a staggering deficiency in his humanity or ravenous stupidity as a Presidential Candidate. Former President Bill Clinton said it best last week: mathematics. How can you expect to run as a candidate when you have not only discounted 47% of the electorate and then on top of that, declare that same block as “government dependent.” Mathematics: most of that bloc pays taxes, yes, generates refunds in some cases, but that is the fault of the tax code, not individuals. Every year since I can remember, taxpayers loan our government, interest free funds to operate with and a percentage receives a refund due to investments, housing, medical, etc. that stirs the engine of the economy.
However, the 47% is really code-speak for the GOP. They really mean blacks, hispanics, and other minorities and those they have idealogical and social problems with – they don’t matter to the GOP. I have a solution, how about the 47% plus those who were insulted including Independents, Reagan Democrats and Independents Republicans KEEP OUR COUNTRY and keep the GOP as far away from the nation’s leadership as the Bull Moose Party.