Author: Landon Coleman

Seven Reasons I’m Thankful for Hospital Visits and Funeral Services

I don’t know many pastors who took up preaching because they loved preaching funerals. That certainly wasn’t on my radar as a seminary student. I also don’t know many pastors who genuinely enjoy making hospital visits. People tell me all the time they hate hospitals. Honestly, don’t we all? Nevertheless, after a decade of being a pastor, I can honestly say I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to visit people in the hospital and preside over funeral services. Here are seven reasons I look back and thank God for opportunities to minister to the sick, the dying, and the...

Read More

Bible Reading: Duty or Delight?

As a pastor I desperately want the people in my church to read the Bible. Not just when they come to big church or Bible study, but during the week on their own. I want the Lord’s people in my local church to read the Bible regularly and consistently. I also desire them to study, memorize and meditate on the Word. To that end, I have seen other pastors take two approaches to motivate people toward faithful Bible reading. Approach one emphasizes duty. A pastor can stress one’s obligation to read the Bible, focusing on the fact that believers...

Read More

Living with Hurt

From my perspective as a pastor, it seems like churches go through seasons of crises. One year it’s marital problems, and it seems like every marriage is falling apart. The next year its illness and death, and it seems like every family is suffering loss. Other times its just people who are struggling with emotional, spiritual, and relational hurt. This hurt comes from a number of places. Sometimes it comes directly from our sin. Sin always promises joy, but always leads to pain. Other times it comes indirectly from the consequences of our sin or the effects of another...

Read More

Six Ways to Pray After Sutherland Springs

It happened this past Sunday again violence was unleashed on an unsuspecting group of people. We’ve seen it happen at concerts, nightclubs, schools, restaurants, and churches. On this past Sunday, it was Sutherland Springs Baptist Church, a small church east of San Antonio. In the aftermath of these attacks, social media explodes, and Monday was no different. Facebook and Twitter have become our outlet, our platform, and many of us feel the need to say something. Most Christians don’t know exactly what to say, but we do feel the need to pray as well as the need to call...

Read More

Knowing God, Knowing Ourselves

Great thinkers have the ability to take complex ideas and make them simple without being simplistic. Take John Calvin, for example. His great work, Institutes of the Christian Religion, begins with these words, “Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.” This is true, and this is simple. True wisdom involves knowing God and knowing ourselves. Who are you? You are an image bearer (Genesis 1:27). You were created to know God, love God, serve God, enjoy God, and reflect God. You are a sinner...

Read More