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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."
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.

One Thing All Preachers Want

As much as anything ever, your pastor longs–has a deep burning desire–for people to acknowledge that he is a man of God and that when he stands to preach, the message is from God and is truth.

Bad News for Pastors Who are Loners

I can show you several preachers who cannot count on the fingers of one hand the number of true friends they have. They are loners, and, if I’m any judge, they have chosen to be that way. They will live to regret it a hundred times in a thousand ways.

Questions to Ask, Pastor, Before Taking a Public Stand

Here are questions to ask, pastor, before you take a public stand on an issue that is facing your community.

You’re a Skeptic? That’s Good

A “healthy” skepticism is simply an inquiring mind that demands sufficient evidence before it believes anything.

The Congregation's 10 Commandments of Preaching

In the absence of a union to let pastors know how the congregation is receiving their sermons, we are hereby taking it upon ourselves to act on their behalf.

12 Gospel Scriptures That Have Branded Me

Here are twelve Gospel texts that mean a great deal to me. They are part of my DNA, essential aspects of my faith.

Fear of Dying? Not Allowed!

I'm sorry, followers of Jesus Christ. The one thing you are not allowed in this life--and certainly not the next--is fear of death. It's verboten, off limits, taboo.

I've Been Forgiven? Wow, I'd Forgotten

Barren, unproductive, lifeless believers are either blind or short-sighted, and have clearly forgotten they were ever forgiven for their sins in the first place.

What Churches Could Learn from Restaurants

It occurred to me while dining out with my wife that churches could benefit from studying what these eating establishments are doing, and what they're not doing.

10 Things We Got Right in 50 Years of Marriage

Our previous blog told of ten mistakes Margaret and I made over a half-century of marital "bliss." Here's what we got right.

Our Top 10 Mistakes in 50 Years of Marriage

Margaret and I made enough mistakes the first time through for several marriages. What interests people and benefits other marriages is learning from our mistakes. Here are our top 10.

10 Signs You are Part of an Unhealthy Church

Here are 10 signs (evidences, indications) that the church to which you belong is unhealthy.

The Romans 12 Blueprint for Christ's Church

Think of Romans 12 as a template, a form (or pattern or framework) which may be laid over the entire 21 verses, and which depict a healthy church.

10 Things About Pastors You Need to Know

Guess what, pastors are human and more like you than you could ever imagine.

What That Pastor Search Committee is Looking For

There is one huge reminder which needs to be passed along to pastors now at the point in their ministry where they are courting search committees. Here is what the pastor search committee is looking for when they visit your church...

The Single Cure-All for Church Eruptions

An epidemic is sweeping our land in the form of church dissension over the smallest of issues. What's a pastor to do?

10 Signals That Say "You Are Not Welcome In This Church"

Here are ten ways churches signal newcomers that they are not wanted.

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