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Joe McKeever Christian Blog and Commentary Archives

Joe McKeever

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Joe McKeever says he has written dozens of books, but has published none. That refers to the 1,000+ articles on various subjects (prayer, leadership, church, pastors) that can be found on his website -- joemckeever.com -- and which are reprinted by online publications everywhere. His articles appear in a number of textbooks and other collections. Retired from "official" ministry since the summer of 2009, Joe stays busy drawing a daily cartoon for Baptist Press (www.bpnews.net), as an adjunct professor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, writing for Baptist MenOnline for the North American Mission Board, and preaching/drawing/etc for conventions and churches across America. Over a 42 year period, McKeever pastored 6 churches (the last three were the First Baptist Churches of Columbus, MS; Charlotte, NC; and Kenner, LA). Followed by 5 years as Director of Missions for the 135 SBC churches of metro New Orleans, during which hurricane katrina devastated the city and destroyed many churches. Joe is married to Margaret, the father of three adults, and the proud grandfather of eight terrific young people. He holds degrees from Birmingham-Southern College (History, 1962), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Masters in Church History, 1967, and Doctorate of Ministry in Evangelism, 1973). Joe's father was a coal miner who married a farmer's daughter. Carl and Lois McKeever, both of whom lived past 95 years of age, produced 6 children, with Joe and Ronnie being ministers. Joe grew up near Nauvoo, Alabama, and attended high school at Double Springs. Joe's life verse is Job 4:4, "Your words have stood men on their feet."
2 Things We Will Find Out in Heaven

One of the inescapable realities of prayer is that most of the things we pray for, we will never know whether or how they were answered.

7 Questions about "Once Saved, Always Saved"

Once saved, always safe. To say otherwise, and to preach it, might be something akin to insulting the Holy Spirit.

What the Pastor Needs From His Wife (And it Has Nothing to Do With Ego)

He knows he’s no more wonderful than anyone else. He is not on an ego-trip for Jesus. What a pastor needs is encouragement.

10 Big Bad Things That Happen When a Minister Commits Adultery (and Two Little-Bitty Good Ones)

We keep getting surprised by our sin, but it can happen to any of us. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Games We Play with God's Word

The Bible isn't called “Holy” for no reason, friend. This Word is God's and we must handle with great care.

Let’s Get ‘Er Done, Church!

If we wait until we can do everything perfectly, we will still be sitting here when the Lord returns. Let us be up and doing.

Sermons are Easy; the Hard Part is Having a Word From God.

The problem I have with preachers deciding to "preach through the Bible" is that it assumes any sermon you bring from any text is God's Word for your flock for that day.

Seven Viruses That Infect the Church

In the Church, bad ideas and wrong-headed philosophies function in the same way as viruses. They infect a church, and as members and leaders interact with other churches, the infection is spread.

7 Things Pastors Should Tell Their People Often

The most important spiritual truths need to be emphasized again and again if the hearers are to truly learn them and benefit from them. Here are seven biblical truths we pastors need to keep telling our people in the hope that eventually most will “get it.”

Why I Don’t Believe in Atheism

I considered atheism while in college, but made my choice to take my stand with believers. I’ve never regretted it. Here’s why.

How to Pray Fresh Prayers

The message from a friend raised a question I’d not thought of: "Can you tell me how to freshen up my prayer time?"

How the Preacher Got His Mojo Back

Nothing restores your “mojo” (momentum, enthusiasm, your heart for this work) like pulling aside periodically to renew your commitment to the Lord and to receive a reaffirmation from Him that you are where He put you, doing His work.

Dealing With Congregational Phobia

That is an occupational hazard for a preacher of the gospel and a fatal flaw in our makeup, this “wanting to please people.” God help us. The evidence then suggests that people-phobia has been with us from the beginning, afflicts even the strongest among us, and continues to be a threat to effective service for the Lord today.

The Sermon Pastors Shy Away from Preaching

Why would a pastor shy away from preaching a message on giving? The answers are many and complex, but most boil down to one: He’s afraid.

Church Conflict: Why Not Rather be Wronged?

A dog can whip a polecat, the saying goes, but it’s not worth it. Some fights you need to walk away from.

If it Can Happen to General Petraeus, it Can Happen to You

We all agree that adultery is wrong. The problem is once you get caught in its grip, you find yourself so drunk with its intoxication, you start humming the Debbie Boone hit, "This can’t be wrong, it feels so right."

A Note of Sanity about Halloween

Let’s not overly fear Satan. Halloween for Christians may actually celebrate his undoing.

Preaching on Racism

Joe McKeever offers seven tips for pastors who want to do right in the matter of race relations.

No Matter What You Do, Be a Teacher

Every teacher who is truly effective became a teacher because of the influence of a highly effective teacher. You can't say that about preachers. Preachers are called by God. But we can all be teachers. We should all be teachers.

What Spiritual Immaturity Looks Like

A spiritual infant looks and acts a lot like human infants. They’re self-centered, cry-babies, impatient, helpless, noisy, and messy.

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Example: "Gen 1:1" "John 3" "Moses" "trust"
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