• Doug Johnston

    Contributing sermons since Jan 1, 2000
Doug's church

First Baptist Church of Redmond
Redmond, Washington 98052

About Doug
  • Education: Doug completed a B.A. in Pastoral Studies, and followed it with a M.A. in Bible and an M. Div. in seminary. Barbara earned her B.S. in Elementary Education, and after teaching in Christian schools now home schools our family’s children.
  • Experience: I began professional pastoral ministry in September of 1991 in California. My first church there held an ordination council for me in April of 1992. We were active in children’s ministries (Awana), and helped in all areas of church ministry. We were very active in Christian education; our church operated a Christian school using School of Tomorrow’s curriculum. Barbara served one year as principal. We moved to Washington State in the summer of 2000.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I am primarily listing outlines. When I look at someone else’s sermons, I want to see how they develop the passage, and what principles they get from it. Perhaps that’s self-centered, but those are the things I’m trying to list. I look forward to constructive comments.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Find people profit from being reminded how much they really do love and value their family, and how much God really loves them. I’ve recently preached sermon series through Romans and the Family. Both were well received.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: The story of "Butch" O’Hare. He was able to be a famous WWII aviator and hero because of his dad. Dad worked for Capone for a time in Chicago, but eventually went state’s evidence and was killed for his effort. O’Hare Airport in Chicago is named for this family. It teaches how the love and influence of a father changed his family, and brought them a great name. God does the same for us.
  • Family: My wife Barbara and I have three great young children, Craig (6), Adam (4) and our newest child and first daughter, Brittany, born in October of 2000. We have family in the Seattle area, and enjoy living in the area.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: They were proud of me getting the chance to speak in my home church. They died before I pastored my first church.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She enjoys listening to me preach. Good thing, since I hope she’s doing it for a long time. I appreciate her input. A friend told me once the best people to give you criticism are those interested in your success. That puts her opinions at the top of the list.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Preach something spiritually important to you from the Bible. If God leads you to feel this is an important topic that matters to people, He’ll fill you with zeal and give you something to say.
  • Books that have had an impact: Great reads for me (Doug) have been The Purpose Drive Church (Warren), The Cross of Christ (Stott), and most things by R. C. Sproul. I’ve also enjoyed reading A.W. Tozer’s works, who I think much of our current pastors neglect. For light reading, I enjoy biographies. I admit to being infatuated with the history of the Kennedy clan, and their possible connection to organized crime.
  • Hobbies: Doug loves sports, but is getting too old (40) and out of shape to do much about it anymore. He likes to play or coach what he can, and reads too much. Barbara loves her children, quilting, playing piano, and cooking. We both like to travel and see new things, ranging from the mountains to window shopping in malls or small towns. And, everyone (including the kids) are enjoying computers. We’re trying to like camping as a family.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Honor God and the things He values. God values us, His Son Jesus, and people. Jesus’ most memorable stories to me are the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 15), and the Widow and the Unjust Judge (Luke 18). I’d probably preach one of those passages unless I could combine them.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: I’ve had sick headaches sometimes, and preached anyway. One Sunday evening, I finished my sermon abruptly, prayed, and shot out the side door and made my way outside. I was sicker than I anticipated... God is merciful; no one could tell except my wife.
  • What I want on my tombstone: He loved God and his family - and was forgiven by both of them!
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    Contributed on Mar 26, 2010
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    Knowing Jesus is enough to give the foundation for us to give thanks in difficult circumstances. The future will bring great difficulties for the people who experience it; knowing Jesus is their only foundation for hope.

    Introduction: We're tempted to just throw things away that don't do what we want. Luke 13:6-9 gives one of Jesus parables, about a fruitles fig tree, that was fertilized to give it another chance, its best chance for growth. If no growth was forthcoming, it then would be destroyed. The more

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    Contributed on Jan 2, 2002
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    Contributed on Jan 2, 2002
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    Contributed on Jan 2, 2002
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