Interview with Prof. Grant Horner, pt. 1

Grant Horner is Associate Professor of English at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, California. A husband and the father of three, Horner is best known to the world for developing a Bible reading plan that is spreading like wildfire. What is the plan? Read 10 chapters of the Bible per day from 10 different sections of Scripture. Professor Horner was gracious enough to sit down and answer 25 questions about his Bible reading system and himself.

Pastor Brett:. I see you studied at both UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke. I didn’t know they would allow that. So, Tar Heels or Blue Devils?

Prof. Horner: I never paid attention to college sports. I taught at University of Alabama for 6 months before I realized that all the noise coming from the big round building on campus was crazed fans screaming ROLL TIDE. When I lived in North Carolina, I was doing PhD work at both UNC and Duke, the great archrivals. I figured out pretty quickly that it would be fun to put bumper stickers for BOTH schools on my car, as I went back and forth between the two campuses and parked. Yep — it was very humorous. Rednecks pulled up next to me at stoplights and called out “boy, you got yersef some kind problem or somthin’???” You could sometimes hear a gun cocking. Lucky I wasn’t shot.

Pastor Brett: You have a book that was recently released. Tell us a little bit about that venture.

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New Harvest Bible Chapels

I am so blessed to be the pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel of Jacksonville. It is great to be a part of a network of churches committed to:

– Preaching the authority of God’s Word without Apology

– Lifting High the Name of Jesus through Worship

– Believing Firmly in the Power of Prayer

– Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with Boldness

Does this sound like the kind of church you are looking for or the kind of church you might want to recommend to a friend? Well, as of this Fall, there will be 17 new Harvest Bible Chapels started in the following locations. If you know someone who lives near one of these new churches, spread the word!

NORTH AMERICA

Harvest Austin, Texas

Harvest Calgary, Alberta

Harvest Carson City, Nevada

Harvest Columbus, Ohio

Harvest Dallas, Texas

Harvest Denver, Colorado

Harvest Durham Region, Ontario

Harvest Fresno, California

Harvest Joliet, Illinois

Harvest Kansas City, Kansas

Harvest Metro D.C.

Harvest Spring Lake, Michigan

Harvest Woodhull, Illinois

INTERNATIONAL

Harvest St. Vincent Island, Carribean

Harvest Gbronee, Liberia

Harvest Gianda, Liberia

Harvest Harmonville, Liberia

Coming Off My Mini-Sabbatical

I am in the process of concluding a mini-sabbatical (3 1/2 weeks) and am grateful for the time I’ve had away to rest and refresh myself spiritually. More congregations need to demand that their pastors take these types of breaks to protect themselves against the pitfalls of ministry. And yes, there are many pitfalls.

The North American Mission Board recently published some alarming statistics gathered by my old friend Darrin Patrick:

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Faithful Witness: Don’t Give Up, God is at Work!

Faithful Gospel preaching in this era of spiritual apathy requires faith and patience. Two stories from the past will encourage the faithful witness.

First, a story from the ministry of John Flavel (1628-1691). Robert Murray M’Cheyne reports of how a 15 year old American immigrant named Luke Short heard Flavel preach a message on 1 Corinthians 16.22: “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema. Maranatha!” Short was not a Christian at the time, nor was he for the next 85 years. But at the age of 100, he reflected on the memory of that sermon and was converted! Of course, Flavel was already in glory with the Savior at that point.

The second story is not of a pastor but a layman who loved Jesus and proclaimed him faithfully through personal witnessing on a street in Sydney, Australia:

The Pressure on Pastors to Produce

I just finished reading a book by Kent and Barbara Hughes titled Liberating Ministry From the Success Syndrome. An excellent book, it should probably be read by most pastors, as well as elders, deacons, and other church leaders. It will help them understand one of the leading causes of ministry burnout and ministerial depression: the pressure to produce results.

Here is a sample:

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