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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio


Passage Details. Have I heard this a few times. The preacher reads a passage of scripture and then he takes a message of truth that has nothing to do with the intend to the text.:

I have said this statement a dozen times in the passed. I have learned this from my study of preaching and teaching. And on a few occasion I have been guilty of doing it. John MacArthur, Lloyd Jones, John Scott, and many others give this advice.


  • "It is always tempting to bounce off a detail in the passage and preach a message that may be biblical, but is not the message of this passage. For instance, you might see a theological term that is rich in meaning and you can easily put together a series of thoughts on that aspect of theology. Or perhaps you spot a name of a character that you’d like to speak about. Or maybe there is some other detail in the text that is familiar and lends itself to a message that just falls together easily. Wait. This may be a short-cut, but it is not a good path to take. Instead be sure to study all the details in the passage so that you can wrestle with what this passage is actually saying, not just what words it includes. Using details in the text, but failing to actually preach the text is what I might call pseudo-expository preaching. It sounds biblical, it looks expository, but it has a weakened authority since the message of the text is not the message of the sermon. It takes longer to study a passage through in detail, but it is so worth the effort:" Peter Mead