• Robert Leroe

    Contributing sermons since Jan 1, 2000
Robert's church

South Congregational Church, Peabody MA
Peabody, Massachusetts 01960

About Robert
  • Education: B.A., B.D., M.A., D.Min, graduate of the US Army Command & General Staff College, C.P.E.
  • Experience: 26 years of active military service as a US Army Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel), to include service in Germany, Korea, Hungary (NATO Operation Joint Endeavor), and Saudi Arabia (Desert Storm), then 17 years as Pastor of Cliftondale Congregational Church, Saugus MA, Interim Minister at First Parish Congregational, Wakefield MA
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: The discipline of preparing a manuscript (rather than an outline) is important because our message is important. The act of preaching is too important to speak extemporaneously. We can and do add things that "come to us" while preaching, but we come fully prepared. My final copy is that which I prepare after having preached, adding thoughts that I added in the pulpit. I then email my sermons to my mailing list, even to those who were present Sunday (for reinforcement), extending my ministry.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: I’ve always conducted sermon series, which I think gave my congregation a structure and focus.
  • Family: Wife--Laura
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She's been listening to them for 50 years and has been extremely gracious (and long-suffering)
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Be substantive but avoid professional, theological terms (unless you explain/define them). A sermon is to both inform and inspire, and must include exposition and application, in the same fashion as Paul’s epistles. The worst style of preaching is the one you use the most.
  • Books that have had an impact: Reversed Thunder & Answering God by Eugene Peterson Today’s Gospel by Walter Chantry The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis How Should We Then Live by Francis Schaeffer From Fear to Faith by D.Martyn Lloyd-Jones The Search for Compassion by Andrew Purves Evangelicals on the Cantebury Trail by Robert Webber Our Father Abraham by Marvin Wilson The God Who Loves You, by Peter Kreeft Decision-Making & the Will of God, by Garry Friessen Gilead by Marilyn Robinson The Crucifixion by Fleming Rutledge
  • Hobbies: Guitar, Kayaking
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: God is in control of everything--we can rest in the safety of His hand and trust His sovereign purpose. We may not know what tomorrow may hold, but we can know the One who holds tomorrow.
  • What I want on my tombstone: pro deo et patria
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    Contributed on Mar 25, 2024

    Shortly before welcoming a new minister, a seasoned minister and friend of the congregation might come and help prepare the church for this new chapter in their history, explaining the role of ministry and how to care for their pastor.

    It will be exciting to welcome your new Pastor! How you view pastoral ministry has been influenced by all the ministers you’ve known. We see ministry through the lens of past experiences, good and bad. Hopefully we see ministry through the teachings of Scripture. My aim is to offer some advice more

  • The General And The Servant Girl

    Contributed on Mar 23, 2024

    We’re told that “Cleanliness is next to Godliness;” a bit of an overstatement, but it got generations of kids to wash their hands before dinner.

    We’re told that “Cleanliness is next to Godliness;” a bit of an overstatement, but it got generations of kids to wash their hands before dinner. By the way, this saying is from John Wesley, not the Bible. “Wash me and I will be whiter than snow,” king David prayed (Ps 51:7). Spiritual more

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    Contributed on Feb 4, 2024

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    Billy Graham relayed an incident at New Hebrides, an island group in the South Pacific: One night, the headquarters of missionary John Paton was surrounded by a hostile indigenous tribe intent on violence. Paton and his wife prayed for deliverance. When daylight came, the would-be attackers were more

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    Contributed on Dec 11, 2023

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    The widow of the parable was pretty frustrated. In the Army, if soldiers feel they’ve been treated unfairly, they have several options: They can use their chain-of-command, see the Chaplain, contact Equal Opportunity, call the Inspector General’s office, or even write their Senator. We have the more

  • "we're All One Family"

    Contributed on Nov 15, 2023

    Prejudice is a social evil present in every culture of our fallen world. It is holding negative attitudes towards others based on generalizations and stereotypes, resulting in discrimination. It is forming conclusions without consulting the facts.

    The Apostle Paul affirms the unity and diversity of all nations in Acts 17. He was addressing Greeks who regarded themselves as superior race. Race matters only to racists; the rest of us care about character. It is distressing how people have twisted this passage to justify segregation. In more

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