Saturday, June 19, 2021

Peace: An Introduction

Peace 1

 

          Peace. My soul craves it. Peace of mind. Peace of heart. Peace of conscience. Peace with God. Peace with man. Peace at home. Peace with my neighbors. Peace with my enemies. Peace and quiet.

          When I made the decision to come to Dubuque a year and a half ago, I set out to build a peaceful life. My sixteen years in Chicago were many things but peaceful was not one of them. So I created peaceful working spaces in the office. I bought a home in a peaceful neighborhood, and named it Saints Rest, of all things. I have sought to build a peaceful relationship with my deacons, and with my leaders and teachers and workers. I have tried to promote a peaceful relationship between our church and the community. I want to be a man of peace living a life of peace. That way lies contentment. That way lies purposeful production. That way lies quiet contemplation. That way lies soul health and spiritual growth. That way lies knowing God.

          I am quite sure I am not alone in this desire. All over the world, people are desperately searching for peace. The United Nations and the American Secretary of State pursue it ardently. The Brexit negotiators have tried to obtain it. Arbiters and life coaches, television personalities and New Age gurus of all sorts promise to bring it. Pharmaceutical companies sell it. Television commercials for cars sell it. Real estate agents sell it. False prophets sell it. Or perhaps I should say a version of it.

          I am most interested in peace, but I am not interested in the world’s version of it. I want to know what God says it is. Oprah, Dr. Phil, Ellen, Sigmund Freud, Maya Angelou, Henry David Thoreau, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle all clamor to offer us their perspective. It interests me not at all. For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water (Jeremiah 2.13).

Let us, instead, begin with God. What does God say peace is? In today’s post, I will give you four answers to that question, and chase that with another four answers next week.

First, peace is organization and order. God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of  the saints (I Corinthians 14.33). The context here is directly related to the church service. God’s house is to be a peaceful place, organized, smoothly functioning. Personality conflicts ought be kept to a bare minimum. Throwing your weight around should be unheard of. Chaos is an exemplar of the devil’s realm, not our Father’s. Schedules should be known and kept. Kindness and forgiveness should rule. As our forefathers would say, a place for everything and everything in its place. Peace and anarchy cannot cohabit.

Second, peace is the absence of armed conflict. And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land (Leviticus 26.6).

Augustus Closing the Temple of Janus
Louis de Silvestre, 1757
On the Roman Forum, near the Basilica Aemilia, stood the Temple of Janus, the two-facing god. For hundreds of years, the temple was the public mark of a republic/empire at peace or at war. Inside the temple lived Discord and Fury. When Rome was at peace, the doors were shut. When Rome was at war, the doors were opened. Needless to say, the doors were almost always open, at one point for four consecutive centuries.

I have never lived through war. I have pastored men who have endured it in Afghanistan and Iraq. It haunts them, and probably will for the rest of their lives. War brings famine, disease, misery, and death on a wide scale. Let us thank God it has not come to our lives.

Third, peace is the absence of noise. It is the active presence of stillness and quiet. Peace is calm. And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm (Mark 4.39).

This kind of peace can often be found in God’s creation. Over the years, He has shown Himself to me in some beautiful places. The Blue Ridge Parkway. The Outer Banks. A desolate spot on the sand dunes of the Lake Michigan shoreline. The bluegrass horse farms of Kentucky. The rolling hills of upper New York. The long, green bayous of Louisiana. The Smokies. The aching blue of the Pacific off Malibu. The high desert of California. The pine-scented air of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Where the Rockies meet the ocean in Vancouver. The jungle waterfalls in Puerto Rico’s interior. The vast sweep of the Mississippi mere blocks from my home.

Again and again, in Scripture, we find the Lord pointing people toward His creation. Yes, He intends it to be a source of praise, but also a source of peace. When God created the world He put man in a garden. When man created the world he put man in a city. Make no mistake, there is a difference, and that difference is not just a reflection but also a driver of the presence or absence of peace.

Fourth, peace is the absence of worry. And he said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God, and the God of your father, hath given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out unto them (Genesis 43.23).

How much time and mental energy do we waste worrying about money? Will we make it to the next paycheck? The end of the month? Will we have what we need for the next phase of life? Can we afford children? Will we ever be able to buy a house? What about retirement? We forget so easy God’s manifold promises of bodily provision.

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety (Psalm 4.8). How much time and mental energy do we waste worrying about our physical safety? We have locks and chains and bolts and bats and knives and guns and security systems and panic rooms and disaster plans. What we do not have is peace. I am not advocating being imprudent, foolish, or unprepared, but I am advocating trusting the Lord for your physical safety.

Peace. It is such a wonderful word. Let it roll around in your mind today. Let it marinate in your heart today. God’s peace. ‘Tis a glorious, priceless thing, and it is available to you. For the next four months on this blog we are going to explore it. We will define it, as we have done today and will do further next week. We will discuss its relationship to God’s sovereignty. We will see what will ensure we can never have it. We will look at eight specific scriptural ways to obtain it. We will find there is peace with God, great peace.

Join me each Monday, won’t you? And may the Lord give us a richer appreciation for and apprehension of His peace along the way.       

Saturday, June 12, 2021

A Tease...

What were Stephen Russ (Faithway Baptist Church/Faith Music Missions), Martin Wickens (Bedford Bible Church), Steve Brudnak (United Baptist Church/Living United Marriage Ministries) and myself (Bible Baptist Church/Brennan's Pen) doing all last week?

Stay tuned...



Saturday, May 22, 2021

Of Least Resistance

Note: Thirty-four years ago, I began writing poetry. From time to time, generally between blog series, I like to share one with you. Today's poem I wrote just prior to finishing high school. I was contemplating life, what kind of man I would become, and the part doing the difficult thing would play in that. Stay tuned; a new blog series launches next week.


Of  Least  Resistance

The other day, while on a stroll
I spied a rippling brook
Where tender little trout and perch
Await the fisher's hook

It coursed along, 'tween stones and things
Meandered here and there
Beneath a bridge, around a rock
Or made some tree roots bare

I turned upon a whim
Traversed its winding path
This laughing brook enchanted me
From scenes of former wrath

It gurgled merrily on
As if without a care
I followed it from stone to stone
We wandered here and there


Then 'midst the sunlight and the leaves
The pebbles and the trout
I realized what that guy had meant
When he was talking 'bout
The similarities between
Bad men and brooks, no doubt

He said one day, upon a chance
That which I'd pondered late
"The path of least resistance
Does not make rivers straight"

It makes them change their course
Avoid the rocks and trees
Wind in and out and back and forth
Like flights of bumblebees

And so it is with men
Who throughout days of life
Have chosen to avoid
The hardships and the strife

They wander here and there
Just like that little brook
The path of least resistance
Makes a man a crook

- by Tom Brennan
April 1, 1991



Monday, May 17, 2021

Nine Ways to Build Your Sunday Night Service

 

          Last week I wrote about why the Sunday night service is the sweetest service of the week. In that post, I mentioned that for many years our evening service was moribund at best and often downright depressing. The Lord in His grace, however, turned it around and it truly became the sweetest service of the week. In this post, I want to describe what I did to turn it around. I am not saying everyone should copy my approach, but you may find an idea or two here that is helpful if not key in edifying your own church.

          At the outset let me say that this turnaround was gradual rather than sudden. I do not know how to do anything in a hurry, and the older I get the less that bothers me. Slow growth is often solid growth. When I arrived in Chicago our membership was over 600 with an average Sunday morning attendance of about fifty. Sunday night was dismal. In the early days, we struggled to get to twenty. Over time, it grew in both number and spirit and the last five years saw us routinely fill the expanded auditorium in the evening.

          First, I would urge you to emphasize the Sunday night service in the Sunday morning service. I know it is a regular on the schedule. Announce it anyway. You do not have to hassle people about it. Simply mention it. One way to do this is to announce your sermon title/topic for the evening. This keeps the idea of the evening service before the people.

          Second, package other things around the evening service. In our case, choir practice precedes the evening service and our leader’s meeting is held after it. If you like music and you want to sing, it brings you back on Sunday night. If you want to serve in some capacity beyond the simplistic, an organizational/training meeting is essential. Since we do that on Sunday night that brings in those folks as well. It goes without saying we do not schedule these during the service, but around it.

          Third, take your Sunday night service on the road. You can do this literally by having the service somewhere else. In Chicago, in the summer we would often hold the service on the front yard. That reminded our people that the building was not the church, and it put us in front of the neighbors. The vehicle and foot traffic was noisy, but we had good times in that yard. Here in Dubuque this summer we will be holding three Sunday night services in the Washington Square Park downtown. It will be the regular service, but at the same time it will be unique.

          There are other ways to do this. When our Chicago church was smaller but growing we labeled one month of the summer Evangelism Month. That month we took the entire church out soul winning during the evening service time, and then followed that up with a meal. It emphasized soul winning while at the same time making Sunday night a big deal. Another method of doing the same thing is to bring in guest preachers on Sunday night. That helps build excitement, encourages good relationships with area churches, encourages that pastor, and gives you a break all at the same time. In that case, he is on the road, but you get my drift.

          Fourth, do not cancel your Sunday evening service for family time. I do not think it is wrong to cancel an evening service. Over the years I have done it occasionally for weather reasons. I also do it once every seven years when Christmas falls on Sunday, though that year we have a Christmas Eve service the night before. We just do not cancel other than that. There are five other evenings of the week that are good for family time, especially if you do not overschedule or overdrive your people. When you cancel the evening service for family time it sends a terrible message about what you actually think of that service slot. After all, if it is helpful to a family for them to miss church one particular Sunday night in order to be together than it is helpful for them to do it again. And again. You know what makes good family time? Sitting in a pew together, belting out the hymns, and hollering Amen during the preaching. I am not joking either.

          Fifth, make the congregational singing a big deal. I am weary of the assertion that conservative churches have uninspiring music. It is such a canard. It is hard to have good congregational singing if your tiny group is rattling around in a cavernous sanctuary. It is hard to have good congregational singing without instrumental accompaniment. It is hard to have good congregational singing with a weak song leader. But most of those can be overcome with work and time, and especially with prayer. I cannot count the number of times I have seen the Lord bring a particular laborer to my church in answer to prayer, someone with a skill set we desperately needed. Pray for instrumentalists (and teach the ones you have to teach your young people.) Pray for good song leaders (and work hard at developing the men you have.) Pray for the Lord to fill your empty pews (and work hard at doing so yourself.) And set to, and sing with a will.

          Congregational singing is not a time filler. It is a scripturally mandated, scripturally exemplified, deeply precious part of the church service. Pick songs that are fun to sing. Include a time slot each week for people to choose their favorite number. Pastor, you lead that time slot. Get behind the pulpit, forget about song leading, and just sing along with all your heart. Your enthusiasm will be infectious, and the resulting congregational singing will raise the roof. The interaction with your people between numbers will deepen the sense of joy and delight that God’s people share in each other during the evening service. Make lots of joyful noise.

          Sixth, be persistent. I did not have down weeks. I did not even have down seasons. I had down years, perpetually, one after the other. Every single excuse I hear from other men about why they are abandoning the traditional Sunday night is one I experienced. But I just kept hammering away, month after month, year after year. And one day I looked up and found myself liking what our church had become, enjoying myself immensely of a Sunday night. But that took years.

          Seventh, focus on men. Build men. If you reach men, you reach the entire family. If you build a good, solid, sweet relationship with your men they troop into church of a Sunday night with a grin on their face, a KJV under their arm, and a passel of people in their train. They tell their evangelical friends about the service, and pretty soon you have a row or two of those. They pick up seniors and the handicapped. They go down to the mission and bring a carful. When men love church you have got something pretty special. So build your men, and build your relationship with your men.

          Eighth, preach your best sermons on Sunday night. Eventually, even your bad sermons become good ones on Sunday night just because the atmosphere is awesome, but at first you have to fight the atmosphere. So fight it. Dedicate yourself to put sermons in that slot you really want to preach. Choose subjects that move you. Put more time into the preparation. Be pregnant with truth when you get up to preach of a Sunday evening. People ought to look at each other in the car on the drive home and say, “Wow, but we surely heard the Word tonight.” Make those sermons something that cannot be missed.

          Ninth, believe in it contagiously. For forty years Lee Roberson pastored the great Highland Park Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. My father trained under him. He was known for many things, but particularly for this statement: everything rises and falls on leadership. In our generation such an idea is controversial if not downright rejected. We manufacture excuses. We embrace philosophical approaches that minimize the importance of leadership and of the pastor’s responsibility to set the pace. Under the guise of a rejection of lordship over the brethren we have succumbed to the siren song of mediocrity. We think if the Sunday night service is a problem it is an intractable one, one best solved by throwing in the towel.

          Away with such foolishness! A call to pastor is a call to lead. If your Sunday night service is wretched, fix it. Throw yourself into it hammer and tongs. Give it everything you have got. Work. Prioritize. Promote. Pray. Preach. Think. Sing. Organize. Lead the thing. Thermometers get their temperature from their environment; thermostats determine it. Be a thermostat. Stop buying into the defeatist atmosphere of your people. Believe in the importance of the Sunday night service. Practice that belief. The result will be stronger music, stronger men, stronger families, stronger preaching, and a stronger church. The result will be a church that people desperately want to be a part of, one they hate to miss, one they talk about to everyone they know. It will become a church you want to be a part of, one that is easier to direct because it is on the move.

          Pastoring is a joy when Sunday night is the sweetest service of the week. New converts get plugged in quickly when Sunday night is the sweetest service of the week. Discouraged saints are strengthened when Sunday night is the sweetest service of the week. Boys are called to preach when Sunday night is the sweetest service of the week. Altars are filled with weeping people when Sunday night is the sweetest service of the week. Spines are strengthened to withstand the spirit of the age when Sunday night is the sweetest service of the week. Criticism withers for lack of fuel when Sunday night is the sweetest service of the week. Your town starts to notice when Sunday night is the sweetest service of the week. People are edified when Sunday night is the sweetest service of the week. The cause of Christ is advanced when Sunday night is the sweetest service of the week. Heaven is tasted when Sunday night is the sweetest service of the week. Best of all, God is glorified when Sunday night is the sweetest service of the week.

          May God bless your labor and prayer and leadership with the grace to make it so.     

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Twelve Reasons Sunday Night is the Sweetest Service of the Week

          Sunday night is the sweetest church service of the week. In Bible college, it was my one service of the week to simply enjoy church. I would show up two hours early, at 5 PM, sit down in the silence, and let my soul rest and prepare to hear from the Lord. As a pastor now for the last 25 years, I have had my share of difficult seasons, entire years where the Sunday night service was nothing more than depressing. But fighting through that made it all the more sweet when we finally got it humming. Now for the past decade or so, it has been sweet indeed.

          The simple truth is our Lord has commanded His people to gather together more as we get closer to His coming (Hebrews 10.25). More, not less. Yet all across America the Sunday night service is withering. What mainline churches abandoned a century ago, and conservative churches laid aside a couple of decades ago, independent Baptist churches are now letting go as well. Gently, but letting go nonetheless under the guise of “family time” or small groups or this or that the other. I realize it is often an uphill struggle to establish a thriving Sunday night service. I will speak more to how to do that next week. But in today’s post I want to give you some of the many reasons Sunday night is the sweetest service of the week.

          First, it is the sweetest service of the week because the Lord’s day is not the Lord’s morning. Yes, I am one of those people who believe Sunday is the Lord’s day (Revelation 1.10). No, it is not the Sabbath. It is the first day of the week, set aside specifically by the New Testament church in honor of Christ’s resurrection on the first day of the week, Sunday. Each Sunday, morning and evening, I am privileged to assemble with God’s people in remembrance and celebration of our Saviour’s triumph.

          Second, it is the sweetest service of the week because more preaching is better than less preaching. It pleased the Lord to reach us and change us through the foolishness of preaching (I Corinthians 1.18). I cannot speak for other men but I do take the liberty of speaking for myself – I think my best preaching is my Sunday night preaching. And I think the messages I have heard from other men on Sunday nights are generally their best preaching. I have my opinion as to why that is, but regardless of that opinion or whether I am correct that it is generally good preaching it is at the least, preaching. Preaching is wonderful. The saints crave it. The sinners fear it. The Lord uses it. Sunday night means preaching, and that makes it sweet.

          Third, it is the sweetest service of the week because we get to participate in the offering. Giving is an act of worship. It is not a commercial, a pause in the service while people re-arrange themselves for what comes next. The New Testament church service was preaching, music, fellowship, and giving. God has been so good to provide for my needs through these years. It is a privilege to honor Him with my substance by participating in the offering.

          Fourth, it is the sweetest service of the week because the shift worker is able to attend. Some people are blessed with a Monday through Friday, nine to five job. Many are not. Many of God’s people, though they desire differently, are forced to work on Sunday morning. Having a Sunday night service allows them also to observe the Lord’s day, and that is sweet.

          Fifth, it is the sweetest service of the week because people from area churches that desire more preaching yet do not have a Sunday night service are able to attend. I said above, the saints love preaching. There is something in us that stirs with anticipation when it is time for preaching. Like a baby bird, we sit there with open mouths and wait eagerly for the Lord to fill them. God has many good people in churches other than the independent Baptist kind. Those churches are often the kind that have mistakenly laid aside the Sunday night service. I long ago lost track of the number of times such precious people have walked into our church building of a Sunday night, sheer delight written across their face as they soak in their second church service of the day. Sweet indeed.

          Sixth, it is the sweetest service of the week because the whole family can be there. Father. Mother. Children all lined up in a row. Sharing the same pew, the same hymnbook, turning in their dog-eared King James Bibles together, having church together. I am not against age-specific ministries in churches. We have them and I think they have their place. But if the children are separated from their parents in Sunday School, in the mid-week service, and again during the Sunday morning service when do they ever get to sit together as a family? Their concept of church is childish at best, a series of events catered to them. In such churches, something valuable is lost. As a pastor’s son, I can count on one hand the number of times I was able to sit with my father in church. I treasured it. I want that for the families who attend the Bible Baptist Church in Dubuque. It is good churching, good childing, and good parenting to share a pew with your entire family every Sunday night.

          Seventh, it is the sweetest service of the week because the whole church family is there. Our desire to minister to people’s needs has produced a concept of church in which God’s best servants, those with a heart to serve Him by serving people, are generally busy in other ways during many of the church services. Yet on Sunday night almost all of that pauses. Almost everyone who gathers does so in the same room. The family is together. Like Sunday dinner, when everyone’s schedule finally permits them to gather round the table, it is sweet.

          Eighth, it is the sweetest service of the week because the more spiritual church members are there. The service is open to all, but at the risk of being criticized (a risk I accept) I assert that the more carnal of God’s children generally confine themselves to the Sunday morning service only. No, I cannot measure any man’s spirituality by his church attendance. That is ever and always a matter of the heart. But I can measure when it is absent. If I choose to purposely absent myself from assembling with God’s people, and I do so on a consistent basis I evidence nothing more than a lack of desire for God and the things of God. The saints do not have to be begged or badgered to attend. They delight in that which Jesus shed His blood for. They come early and stay late on Sunday night. Voices are lifted in song. Smiles glow. Amen’s echo around the auditorium. Verily, sometimes I think Heaven is just one big Sunday night church service. How sweet such services are!

          Ninth, it is the sweetest service of the week because there is not a time limit. In Sunday School, in order to be organized, everyone must dismiss on time. On Wednesday night, logic tells us people must get up early for work and school the next day so we are conscious of the time. On Sunday morning, lunch beckons. As a pastor, in each of those services I watch the clock. I give myself a time limit, follow a schedule almost to a T. But on Sunday night all of that goes out the window. I preach until I am done. And God’s people soak it in and want more. I about preach myself to death of a Sunday night and they listen like their life depends on it. It is a labor of love on both sides, a sweet mingling of giving and receiving, of teaching and learning, of sowing and growing.

          Tenth, it is the sweetest service of the week because it builds a committed church. As American society moves further and further away from a biblical perspective it manifests itself in a variety of ways. The ugliness of our political discourse. The violence on our inner-city streets. The rise of drug addiction. Young people routinely dishonoring their parents. Greed in business. Corruption in the legislature. Pride marches. Ball fields full on Sunday while churches are empty. Decreasing enrollment in Bible colleges. And a thousand other ways.

One of those ways is a decrease in commitment. Divorce abounds. Job changes proliferate. Quitting anytime something becomes hard is a veritable pandemic. Including church. It is one thing to get people involved; it is entirely a different matter to bring them to the place of commitment. Yet how does this generation of American pastors seek to produce commitment? By asking less than ever from their church people – less time in service, less money in the offering plate, and less services in the pew. Newsflash: you will never raise commitment by lowering the bar. You only raise commitment when you raise the bar. Troops do not advance when you bring the flag back to their position; they advance when you move it forward and call them to follow. The independent Baptist churches of America have more committed people than any other religious group. I genuinely believe the Sunday night service is a key contributor to that wonderful fact.

Eleventh, it is the sweetest service of the week because Paul attended it. And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight (Acts 20.7). That is only possible if you have a Sunday evening gathering. And for a variety of reasons that is exactly what they did.

Twelfth, it is the sweetest service of the week because Jesus attended it. Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you (John 20.19). This is not the first church service. Jesus started the church the summer before His death in the mountainous region around Caesarea Philippi. But this is the first church service after His resurrection. It was on a Sunday night and He was there. Somehow, I feel entirely sure, that if Jesus was in your town next Sunday night He would not be found strolling along the riverfront, ice cream cone in hand. No, I am quite convinced He would be in church. Now would not that be sweet?

We are in good company on Sunday night when we assemble together. We do so for eminently good reasons. Retreat? Set it down? Lay it aside? Let it go? God forbid. It is the sweetest service of the week.    

 

         

 

         

 

 

Saturday, May 1, 2021

In Which I Ask My Readers for Support


Through the years Brennan's Pen has grown substantially. Directly and indirectly, with it I minister to hundreds of pastors, missionaries, professors, Bible college students, and local church leaders around the world. Whether it is a brief selection from a book I have been reading, or a blog article I have written, an audio sermon I have preached, or a personal interaction with a reader, I send out nearly 15,000 emails a month. Those emails contain completely free content. In addition, each year I offer a select number of online classes via the Zoom platform. These classes teach in-depth subjects on a college level, and I charge nothing for them.

The problem that has arisen as this ministry has grown is simple. Providing this much free content on this wide of a scale has begun to cost me more and more time and money. I view this as a ministry, not a money-making opportunity. I have never charged for any of it. I am not a life coach or church consultant; I am a servant. But the cost of providing such a ministry to so many people is becoming onerous. (Go ahead, I will wait while you look that one up on dictionary.com. <grin>) If you see value in a ministry to local church leaders like this, and you would be willing to help me bear the cost of doing so I would be grateful for your support. 


As a way of saying thank you for helping me in this I want to offer my patrons two unique things. The first is access to the digital files of all the quotes I have sent out over the last twelve years. These files contain 2,500 quotes from hundreds of books about ministry. The quotes are organized into more than 500 categories by subject and more are being added daily. The second unique thing available only to patrons is access to my organized sermon notes. These are not notes to stand alone sermons. They are the notes to in-depth series I have preached over the years, expository series, biographical series, doctrinal series, subject studies, Bible institute curriculum, etc. There are detailed notes for more than 1,200 messages available with more being added regularly.


If any of this interests you - supporting Brennan's Pen as it ministers to local church leaders, and/or receiving access to the quotes or sermon files - I would simply ask you to consider signing up for a monthly subscription. I am not asking for a certain amount, though I do send a gift to each person who subscribes at the $5 level. What I do ask to you to decide is how valuable you think this is and support it at that level. Patreon is a widely reputable organization, and your financial information will be kept secure. To join simply click the orange "Become a patron" button above. It will take you to my Patreon page where you can sign up by clicking the same button there.

Thank you for your consideration.

Tom Brennan

Sunday, April 25, 2021

An Open Offer of My Preaching

Short post today...


     A lesser known branch of Brennan's Pen is Brennan's Pulpit. Several years ago, after I began writing, some of my readers began asking for access to my preaching. Our church hosts many of my messages on its website, but we do not post all of them for public consumption. At first, we tried to email mp3 attachments of each message but that became problematic over time. So now we host them on a non-public page at my author website. The links play automatically on almost every phone. Subscribers to Brennan's Pulpit receive an email several times a week with a link to a message preached the previous week or two. I do not pick and choose. Every sermon I preach in my own pulpit gets sent out this way, Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night. Of course, you may pick and choose what you listen to, naturally. There are currently about a hundred subscribers. If this interests you just furnish me your email address and your name and we will add you to the list. If you receive this blog post by email you should know the blog list is separate. To be added to Brennan's Pulpit you may simply reply to this blog email and ask to be added. If you came across it on Facebook or online in some way send me a message at my Facebook author page, Brennan's Pen. 

There is no charge. It is free. The cost is underwritten by Brennan's Pen Patreon supporters.