10 great books to improve your preaching

January 26, 2018

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If you’re anything like me you want to get better in your preaching or teaching.

The books I talk about here have helped me be a better, more effective communicator. While these books are only a few of the GREAT preaching books available, I hope they will serve as a starting point to help you with your preaching.

I hope you enjoy.
1. The Witness of Preaching, Second Edition
2. King Came Preaching: The Pulpit Power of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
3. The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text: Interpreting and Preaching Biblical Literature
4. Preaching to a Shifting Culture: 12 Perspectives on Communicating that Connects
5. Biblical Preaching,: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages
6. Preaching in Black and White
7. Preaching that Connects
8. Strength for the Journey: Biblical Wisdom for Daily Living
9. Powerful Biblical Preaching
10. Power in the Pulpit: How America’s Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons

What preaching books would you recommend?


10 books to have in your library

January 19, 2018

There are certain books that every pastor should have in his/her library.
I am recommending ten books in this post. This is not an exhaustive list. These are ten books that are blessing me in my ministry.
If you have books to add to this list that might bless me or others please comment.

1. Bible.

2. Greek New Testament.
Hebrew Bible.

3. Lexicon.

4. Bible Commentary.

5. Preaching primer.

6. Leadership book.

7. Youth ministry resource.

8. Counseling resource.

9. Church Growth resource.

10. Prayer resource.


10 excuses for not doing evangelism

January 12, 2018

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Mark Mittelberg is one of the gurus of evangelism. Mark makes it simple to share your faith with those who don’t know who God is. Listed below are ten excuses that MUST NOT be used again. Mark destroys every excuse regarding helping to build up the kingdom of God.

1. I don’t have any non-Christian friends.

2. I don’t have the gift of evangelism.

3. I don’t have time right now.

4. I’m afraid.

5. I’ll just live out my faith in front of my friends- they’ll figure it out.

6. I don’t know how to bring up the topic.

7. I wouldn’t know what to say once the topic is raised.

8. I don’t know enough.

9. In my tradition, we don’t talk about personal faith.

10. My church isn’t really into evangelism.

adapted from Mark Mittelberg


10 Myths held by Seventh-day Adventists

January 5, 2018

1. SDA’s are people of the Book.

2. Non SDA Pastors use Ellen G. White.

3. Scholars know about the Sabbath, they just refuse to accept it.

4. No one leaves the SDA Church for doctrinal reasons.

5. People leave because they’ve been wronged or feel unloved.

6. “There’s no perfect church, but this is the closest one to a perfect church because the SDA Church follows the Bible”.

7. The Clear Word is just that-the Bible written in clearer language.

8. The 10 Commandments are a transcript of the character of God.

9. You can’t know that you are saved.

10. If you leave the SDA church you will eventually leave God.

11. If you don’t believe in the SDA doctrines then you don’t believe in God.


Does it jive with the Bible?

September 12, 2013

Does it jive with the Bible?


Heading over to Crossroads

April 10, 2011

Dear loyal Ben’s 10 followers,

I will not be updating Ben’s 10 anymore. I will be focusing my attention on Crossroads, a site giving support to questioning Seventh-day Adventist pastors.




My resignation letter

April 5, 2010

March 15, 2010

Dear Elder Caviness,

It is with careful consideration that I submit my letter of resignation as Interim Pastor/Associate Pastor in the Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, effective March 31, 2010.

Though I’ve witnessed and experienced my share of challenges with leadership, I assure you that this decision is not the result of any disagreement or ill treatment from the membership or the leadership. My reason for resigning is simply this: God is calling me to preach and teach the unadulterated Gospel found solely in Scripture rather than the Gospel, plus Ellen G. White and the SDA doctrines (in effect, what Galatians 1 calls “another gospel”).

I can no longer agree to preach or teach the doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church or, through my silence, imply that I agree with them. But allow me to be plain and specific. Because I have been a student of the Word and been sensitive to the Lord’s leading and teaching, I no longer believe that Scripture supports:

• The Mission of the Church (3 Angels’ Messages)
• The SDA Church is the remnant church (Fundamental Belief #13)
• Investigative Judgment/Pre-Advent Judgment (Fundamental Belief #24)
• Ellen G. White is a messenger of God (Fundamental Belief #18)
• Sabbath is the seal of God
• The Great Controversy worldview (Fundamental Belief #8)

Although not exhaustive, the above list represents ample reasons for me to tender my resignation. I will minister with integrity. I trust that my work performance and Christian leadership has been indicative of the work that the Holy Spirit has birthed in my life. I hope you will not ask me to defend my decision to follow Jesus Christ (and Him alone) and trust Him completely to be the Way, the Truth and the Life.

I have appreciated my time spent ministering in this conference and thank you for the trust you’ve placed in my leadership these last three years. You can count on my full cooperation to ensure a smooth transition.

For His Glory,

Pastor Benjamin T. McPhaull

Elder Adolphus Garnett
GLAR Region Director