Last night I heard for the first time an extraordinary preacher from Texas at the Midwest Region New Baptist Covenant Conference. With an eloquence like Spurgeon, a passion comparable to Moody, and a penetrating and prophetical exegetical skill like that of Lloyd-Jones, the young pastor of First Baptist Church, Richardson, Texas, Ellis Orasco, preached the finest message I have heard in the last twenty-five years. His message was entitled "The Baptist Legacy and Poverty," yet his subject matter was Jesus ... what Jesus says about poverty ... what Jesus commands His followers to do about poverty ... the obstacles in the church that prevent us from being change agents in a world growing increasingly hostile to the Christian church and apathetic to the poor, etc ... I realize that we preachers are prone to hyberbole, but my feelings are heartfelt. Other than meeting Ellis in the elevator earlier in the day, though I had heard of him, I had never before met him, much less heard him preach. His message tonight in Norman, Oklahoma needs to be heard if at all possible - from beginning to end. In the archive it begins at General Session 2, at the one hour and twenty four minute mark. Don't give up on it. May God move in your heart as he did mine.
In His Grace,