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The Primacy of Faith—A Sermon with My Personal Testimony

In the Fall of 2020, as part of a new course I was developing from my research— “A New Life: Evangelism and the Foundation of Discipleship”—a number of people at Hickory Grove Church blessed others by publicly sharing testimonies. On November 22, the person scheduled to share their testimony had an emergency. So I took …

Next Steps in Ministry—Ministry Data Forms, Curriculum Vitae and Resume

After completing “Cheer Up! The Life and Ministry of Jack Miller,” it is time to consider next steps in ministry—something I’ve prayed about for several months. The ordinary means of candidating is to send a Ministry Data Form (MDF) to the denomination’s Administrative Committee who then matches and sends to churches looking for a new …

“Listening is Another Way of Saying, ‘I Love You.’”

By C. John “Jack” Miller My belief is that comparatively few leaders in the church today are really sharp listeners. I know I have an ongoing struggle with listening, especially when issues are being considered that are very important to me. I get afraid that the wrong ideas will prevail. At such times I have …

“Preach the Gospel to Yourself”—Jerry Bridges & Jack Miller

Jerry Bridges, Vice President of the Navigators, explained how Jack taught him what it means to “preach the gospel to yourself.” After encountering Jack, Bridges’s teaching and writing began to change significantly from his classic The Pursuit of Holiness published in 1978 to The Discipline of Grace: God’s Role and Our Role in the Pursuit …

“Finished Work” — April 7, 2021 Sermon for Ann Marie (Myer) Graham

To give due credit, I found a sermon Jack Miller preached three decades ago by the same title—“Finished Work”—immensely helpful to me during this trying time. While my Mom was in Hospice, I listened to Jack’s sermon and read thru and meditated upon the book of Ecclesiastes three or four times throughout the week before …

How Jack Miller Became a Trinitarian

Pastor and theologian Jack Miller (1928–1996) is best known for saying, “Cheer up! You are far worse than you think” and “Cheer up! God’s grace is greater than you’ve ever dared hope.” These were lessons that Jack learned repeatedly throughout his life. When Christian leaders came to Jack for help, he would listen and ask …

Launch Forth Into the Deep — Another Modern Day Parable by Jack Miller

Once upon a time there was a splendid fishing trawler docked at an Atlantic seaport near some of the world’s richest fishing grounds. The large boat was well equipped with everything necessary for netting, landing and preserving fish. Nets were in excellent repair, and the hull gleamed with fresh paint. Yet the trawler was secured …


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