About Joe McKeever

Dr. Joe McKeever is a Preacher, Cartoonist, and retired Director of Missions for the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans.

Seven Cautions Before You Preach On Money



“Prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation; among whom you appear as lights in the world.” (Philippians 2:15) The worst time to preach on money is when you need some, pastor. The second worst time is when the church needs some. […]

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On New Year’s Day, Make a Six-Week Resolution Instead



When I was 8 years old, using the new Bible my dad had given me for Christmas, I began reading a chapter each night before going to bed. And, I stayed with the program for several years.(I bogged down in the major prophets. Just too heavy going for a kid.) When I was about 12 […]

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5 Tips for Promoting Your Church on Facebook


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Most of the world seems to be on Facebook. I’ll be somewhere really remote, drawing people following a church service, and as I hand the finished product to the (ahem) victim, will say, “Now, this is your new Facebook picture.” No one has ever said, “I’m not on Facebook” or especially “What’s that?” Usually they […]

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Men: Protect These 7 Women by Watching Yourself


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“For the lips of an adulteress drip honey, and smoother than oil is her speech.” (Proverbs 4:3) Before there was a folk singer by that name, James Taylor was a professor of preaching. This veteran teacher of preachers held forth in classrooms at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary for many years. One day, in a […]

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A Crash Course in Spiritual Maturity



“…knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance….” (James 1:3) Pity the church with an immature pastor. He can drive good people crazy. His ego is always out there seeking a caress, his stubborness could put a mule to shame, and his unteachable spirit frustrates even the saintliest. He thinks of himself first of […]

How to Fire a Minister – and Have Him Like It!


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As the incoming pastor, I asked the church committee not to terminate Manley, a staff member whose chief failing was that he was ineffective. The committee was willing to cut him loose before I arrived to save me the trouble. “Give me a chance to work with him,” I said quickly and perhaps a little […]

The Three Tests of a Servant Leader


Servant Leader

“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:28) The pastor who is a servant to his flock has an authority and influence unmatched by those who have taken all the leadership courses and read all the  books and are […]

How I Beat the Fear of Public Speaking



Good title, right? Now a confession. I was never afraid to stand in front of a group and speak. Not ever. In fact, quite the opposite. As a fourth grader in our little West Virginia schoolhouse, teacher Margaret Meadows would periodically invite class members who had read an interesting story to stand and share it. I recall Violet […]

What Spiritual Growth Looks Like



“Like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation….” (I Peter 2:2). The bane of the church today is immaturity. A Sunday School class is asked to relocate so a growing class can have a larger room and it sets off a firestorm […]

Rescuing the Sermon (and the Worshipers) from Dead Outlines


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Have you ever read something and all the bells went off inside you? “That’s it! That’s what I’ve been thinking!” The author has been reading your thoughts. That happened to me recently. Warren Wiersbe was the culprit, the reader of my mind. His book is titled “Preaching and Teaching with Imagination.” I notice that he […]

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