I have been investing some of my free time in a new project. One of the anomalies of the Internet is that, while you can find just about anyone doing just about anything, my friend and pastor-to-pastors Elder Dennis J. Ward is markedly absent. But that’s about to change.
If you Google his name, you’ll discover odds-and-ends, short video clips, an occasional sermon … just enough to whet your appetite. After I posted a YouTube video of one of his sermons from the book of Romans, I was immediately deluged with requests for more and inquiries about where to find his preaching online. But, alas, there was very little to be had.
So, it’s about time for that to be remedied. In August, I received a hard drive full of WAV files. They included Elder Ward sermons reaching all the way back to 1988, just as he was beginning his tenure as pastor of Main Street Baptist Church in Lexington, KY. They were transferred from VHS tapes of Sunday Morning services aired over local television.
In the intervening months I have organized them and begun the process of applying digital processes to clean up the noise floor, remove hums and buzzes, de-clipping, doing a bit of editing, applying some EQ and compression, and making mp3 files. It’s slow-going. Some of the processes are real-time.
But I am thoroughly enjoying hearing Elder at full-strength. I can still see him dressed in his colorful robes or Puritan collars, waving his bedsheet-sized handkerchief, cajoling, beckoning, and insisting that his listeners “keep their Bible on him”. He teaches, preaches, sings, whispers, hollers, and refuses to be taken for granted. “Have I got any warriors?!” He was a preacher’s preacher. And a force of nature.
When the first handful of messages are ready, they’ll be posted to the Sovereign Grace Bible Conference website. We’ll create a new page just for the Elder D.J. Ward Sermon Archive. And then it will be a matter of updating and adding new material as it’s finished and ready for listening.
But, it will be soon! I have a dozen messages finished and ready to go. And to give you a taste of what to expect, I thought I’d post one here and now. This recording harkens back to August 22, 1989. The message is titled: The Heart of Man’s Problem from Romans 7:15-18.
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