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Gary Carver preaches at a way station on an ancient pilgrim road, offering comfort and hope to the weary traveler.... In these compelling sermons, Gary preaches to the mixed band of pilgrims jostling our way along toward the goal of spiritual discovery, and he speaks to our fears and doubts, our longings and our need, and most of all to our hunger to be closer to one whose presence forms the end of our restless trek.... Read these wonderful sermons and enjoy them. But, more important, read these sermons and take courage as you move faithfully along the pilgrim way. (from the Foreword)
Thomas G. Long
Bandy Professor of Preaching
Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Someone has said that preaching is presenting the gospel through human personality. In this collection of well-crafted lectionary sermons, Gary Carver has ably presented the gospel -- his personality is evident in the richness of examples and illustrations.
Chair, Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs
Distinctively Different is a very contemporary collection of spirited and spiritual reflections. In a quiet dialogue with Gary Carver, you are invited to revive your theological commitments, reflect on difficult questions, and renew your faith perspective. Share these motivational and innovative thoughts with your Bible study or your prayer group.
Harvard Divinity School
Preaching effectively to the same people week after week is one of the great challenges in Christian ministry. Gary Carver shows how it is done: biblical exposition, effective illustration, and relevant application. The power of these messages is that intellectual integrity is matched with passion.
Coordinator, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
You simply must read Gary Carver's book! If you want to meet Paul in the street and not just in the sanctuary, read this book. If you want to see that Paul's insights are more contemporary than this morning's newspaper, read this book. If you want your spirit refreshed and your soul uplifted, read this book. Give yourself a break today, read this book!
Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church
San Antonio, Texas
Gary L. Carver is pastor of First Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has also served as pastor of churches in Alabama and Indiana. Carver is a graduate of Samford University (B.A.) and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.), and has done additional graduate study at Candler School of Theology and Harvard Divinity School. He has been widely published in a variety of church and clergy publications, and is the author of Acting on the Absurd and Out From the Ordinary (CSS).
|Proper 22 - Pentecost 20 - Ordinary Time 27 - The Joy Is The Journey - Philippians 3:4b-14||13|
|Proper 23 - Pentecost 21 - Ordinary Time 28 - Recipe For Peace - Philippians 4:1-9||21|
|Proper 24 - Pentecost 22 - Ordinary Time 29 - Somebody Up There Likes You - 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10||29|
|Proper 25 - Pentecost 23 - Ordinary Time 30 - To An Audience Of One - 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8||37|
|Proper 26 - Pentecost 24 - Ordinary Time 31 - Marks Of A Model Minister - 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13||45|
|Proper 27 - Pentecost 25 - Ordinary Time 32 - Arriving Home First - 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18||53|
|Proper 28 - Pentecost 26 - Ordinary Time 33 - Be Ready - 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11||61|
|All Saints' Sunday - Becoming What We Are - 1 John 3:1-3||67|
|Thanksgiving - Describing The Indescribable - 2 Corinthians 9:6-15||75|
|Christ The King - A Prayer For Maturing Faith - Ephesians 1:15-23||83|
|Lectionary Preaching After Pentecost||93|