Four Aspects of Trusting God During Church Conflict

At the time of this writing, I have been a pastor for slightly more than ten years. Over these years, I have seen seasons of church peace and growth, as well as seasons of conflict and decline. The topic of growth is more fun to write about, but conflict is also just as real, and it needs to be discussed. more »

The Revelation of God’s Judgment

We see in this eighth chapter of Amos, the medium, message, and motif of God’s revelation.   Amos 8:1–2 says, “This is what the Lord God showed me: behold, a basket of summer fruit. 2 And he said, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me, “The end has come more »

The Three Most Important Things About Biblical Worship

This is an exciting week around Brushy Creek Baptist Church Taylors, where I have the opportunity to serve as pastor. Our new worship pastor, Tim Bottoms, starts today!   Brushy Creek has gone through a unique transition of leadership. I became pastor of the church in November 2017, following an undershepherd, Dr. Ralph Carter, who faithfully served for 25 years. more »

Pray When Your Perspective Becomes Different

Amos, this layman from Tekoa who lived in isolation, was a seer.  The very Hebrew word for “prophet” means “seer.”  This rural, rustic, bucolic, sheep-keeping, sycamore-fruit-pitching layman from Tekoa, as unlikely of a person as you could find, had a vision.  He saw what others could not see.   If we pray intensely, it is because we feel deeply, and more »

7 Keys for Pastors to Lead Well

Leadership is a topic we hear discussed often, but it easily gets complicated. People earn PhDs on the very topic. It has gotten a bit muddy, though. So much talk about it has resulted in the word meaning less and less. Let’s get back to it causing some meaning.   What are some basic keys for pastors, in particular, to more »

Supreme Court Nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, On Religion, Life, and Conscience

TAYLORS, South Carolina — Dr. Jeremy Roberts, pastor of Brushy Creek Baptist Church, issues the following response to the presidential nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States: Yesterday, I preached from Amos 5, and addressed the twelfth verse, which deals with the need for integrity from judges. I implored our congregation to pray for more »