Get to Know Donald Cantrell

donald cantrellDonald Cantrell has been a preacher of the gospel since 1980. His goal in writing books is to be helpful to ministers who may need a simple thought to prompt them in developing a mighty message. His hope is to be practical, preachable, and accessible to the busy and pressured pastor.

In addition to preaching and writing, Donald has been active in personal sermon consulting and research, offering help with individual sermon development, subject research, Bible character studies, and sermon series. He has also helped various pastorates with the leading of revivals.

With the new release of his Bible Commentary Snapshots on WORDsearch today, we talked with the Florida Gators fan about his alliteration style, preaching, and his writing process.

WORDsearch: Where did you get the idea for this series?

Donald Cantrell: I have people contact me all the time from around the world, asking for advice. I like mentoring and helping people, that’s the primary goal. In the SBC in Georgia, the high majority of people are bivocational, and me doing this can help save them time.

I’ve always developed sermons and done alliteration, but then I started thinking what I wanted to do was come up with something catchy that would give a pastor or preacher something they could take straight to the puplit or develop into a full sermon on their own. I really liked the term “sermon snapshots.” I thought about it for a few days and really think it describes the material I create for a preacher.

 WS: What would you say is different in this work from your other works?

DC: This one I will try to do every verse in the New Testament and make sure every verse has an outline, or part of an outline, and that it’s alliterated. So far I’ve got Matthew- Acts, and I  just got done with 50 Christmas snapshots.

WS: What is your process in creating content? How do you get started?

DC: My main process is to first read the Scripture and then I like to think about it. Then I do my three or four main points, alliterate them, but very simply. Then I try to develop my main thoughts. Here’s how I look at it: I look at it like at first minimum alliteration, then once I have my main thoughts I go back and change and adapt it, then when it’s all said and done, my whole outline is all done, and I have what I call maximum alliteration. Alliteration is my thing, I’ve always been able to do it once I’ve started.

WS: How do you choose the verses or topics you cover?

DC: Well, I’m a pastor and I design sermons for my church also. If I get into something I really like at my church, I might just make a whole series out of it and offer it to pastors.

WS: How do you come up with your sermons?

DC: I like to do expository preaching, going through a book verse-by-verse, so that helps me a lot. That way I’m not just trying to come up with sermons, because if I know I’m preaching through a certain book, I know I’m going to have to have a sermon on that book on Sunday. Exposition with alliertaion is my style.

WS: How often or long do you write each day?

DC: I write every day, and I have a process that I use. I read Scripture and if I want to develop a sermon, I use my computer now. I used to use a big ink pen with four colors, and I’ve got boxes of sermons with colored sermon outlines with a different color for each point. Then I adapted to the computer and now I’ve got all of that on the computer and have embraced it. I use Strong’s, my Bible, and a tool for alliteration.

WS: What’s your favorite Bible commentary?

In my ministry, I’ve had a lot of preachers ask this, and what I tell all of them is J. Vernon McGee’s Commentaries. What I like about him is that he covers every chapter, and they are simple and practical. I’m just simple and I just like simple stuff. But if I had to get rid of all my books in my library and keep one set it would be his.

WS: What is your favorite Bible translation?

I’m old school, I love the KJV just because I like the terminology and poetry, but I read a lot of different versions. I like the ESV, I don’t preach from it, but I study from it a lot. The reason I stick with the KJV is because it’s what I read when I was younger and what I memorized, so I’m familiar with it and just stuck with it over the years. 

Donald resides in Georgia with Denise, his wife of 33 years, and spends a lot of time with his grandbaby Kinsley.

Don’t miss our introductory sale on Cantrell’s new Bible Commentary Snapshots, along with 50 percent off all of his other works.

-Katie Cornett

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Can you believe another week has passed already? If you didn’t keep up with everything going on at WORDseach, we can’t blame you! We know how busy you are, so here’s an update on our news and releases from this week.

Did You Know the Bible Records Over 650 Definite Prayers and 7,487 Promises God Made to Man? 

What started as an interesting idea for Dr. Herbert Lockyer ended up as a decades long endeavor. Lockyer dreamed of a reference volume that would explore all the men of the Bible. It turned out that there are over 3,000 men who are mentioned in the Bible, and Lockyer researched and wrote a book covering each in the depth that they deserved. He even went further by covering unnamed men of the Bible, like The Hypocrites, The Wise Men, The Rich Young Ruler, The Good Samaritan, and so on.

But what ended up becoming All the Men of the Bible was just the beginning. Lockyer labored for decades, producing one volume after another with a laser-like focus on everything the Bible has to say about a given subject or theme. There is a volume on Apostles, Prayers, Promises, Parables, Divine Names, Doctrines, Miracles, Men, Women, Messianic Prophecies, Holy Spirit, Angles, the Second coming, God’s Comfort, and Music. Lockyer was a preacher, and his work shows great respect to those who preach and teach. You’ll notice that he often alliterated chapters because he knew the lessons would be preachable.

You will quickly discover that WORDsearch makes The All Series far more useful and valuable than the author ever intended. Any time you are studying a passage of Scripture that deals with a man, woman, apostle, doctrine, divine name, miracle, prophecy, parable, prayer, or promise, WORDsearch can instantly assemble the exact information you want from this massive collection of detailed studies. What sermon, lesson, or study wouldn’t benefit from the treasures stored in this collection?

With all of that said – you don’t miss out on our sale of The All Series.

Read Further for a $20 Savings Coupon

The past few months we’ve had our big Fall Sale going on at WORDsearch. If you haven’t checked out the sale page, now is the time to make sure you don’t miss out on any of these great sales. Many of the sale items are our most popular Bible study tools and new releases, all for 30-70 percent off. We’ve also recently added ten of our newest study packages for the final days in this sale, including Pulpit Pages, Weaver’s Sermon Outlines, and Butler’s Sermon Starters. Just for being a loyal reader, you can also use the code 8470 to take $20 off a purchase of $40 or more on these sale items. So what are you waiting for? Head over to the sale page before it’s gone on October 30!

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

What will it take to bring us to the realization that He will help us? Do we have the faith to come to Him and not stay away? Guest Post – Gusty Faith

Comparing different translations can help you gain a better understanding of the Bible. New Quick Tip – Parallel Bibles

This week our biggest conversation on Facebook was about parallel Bibles. Don’t forget to stop by and join in the conversation to have your voice heard. We love to hear from you. We also had some beautiful Bible verse images from our designer this week that you can share with your friends, so make sure you “like” us. Have a great weekend!

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October is Pastor Appreciation Month, and here at WORDsearch we hope you know how much we appreciate you and the work you do for the kingdom. We admire the divine call on the lives of pastors and the sacrifices they make for others every day. We know how busy you are, so in case you missed any of our emails or releases, here’s what’s been happening at WORDsearch this week.

Treasures from Isaiah and the Mountains of the Bible

Many of you have heard us talking about Dr. Rod Mattoon, and that’s for good reason. Mattoon is one of our bestselling authors, with his commentary set, Treasures from the Scriptures, being used every day by pastors, teachers, and Bible students. So you could see why we are excited that this week we released two new volumes in the series. Treasures from Isaiah, Volume 1 covers the first 24 chapters of this major prophet. It’s full of outlines, illustrations, applications, and alliteration, all easy to apply to sermons and lessons. Treasures from Bible Mountains is a little different. It teaches what can be learned from the 14 famous mountains of the Bible lands. Each chapter examines one of these locations, all rich in Bible history and spiritual significance. Don’t worry, it is not just a geography lesson, it is an inspiring experience in human behavior and Christian living.

Appreciating Our Pastors

Like we mentioned above, October is Pastor Appreciation Month, so in a spirit of gratitude we set up a special pastor appreciation page with excellent tools that will benefit pastors and their ministries. Even if you aren’t officially a pastor, we know most of you probably should or could be! All serious students of God’s Word are ministers to others, and we appreciate your drive and commitment to study God’s Word. Feel free to participate in our Pastor Appreciation Sale, the page even includes some free resources, so don’t miss out.

Last Minute Reminders

The Scroggie Library sale ends Oct. 20. 

Butler Sermon Starter Set is on sale until Oct. 23.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

What can I, you, we all do? Much in every way, according to all God has blessed each one of us to have. It’s not that we can’t, it’s whether we will. – New Guest Post: What Can I Do?

6 Tips for Highlighting in WORDsearch – New Quick Tip

Don’t forget to stop and say hi on social media, we love to hear from you! Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to thank your pastor if you see them this Sunday!

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In case you missed any of our emails or releases, here’s what’s been happening at WORDsearch this week.

An Underlying Theme of Redemption

I do not believe that we have to make a choice between the critical and the devotional study of the Gospels, but that the critical should be pursued devotionally, and the devotional, critically.- Scroggie

William Graham Scroggie is highly regarded when it comes to Bible study. Scholars, preachers, and Bible students alike respect his work, and he is often quoted and cited in other works of Bible scholarship. He attended Spurgeon’s Pastor’s College, and was later forced to leave his first two ministries due to his opposition to liberalism. He drew large audiences with his scholarly, yet practical exposition of the Scripture. And now, WORDsearch has just released three of his most influential works as The Scroggie Library.

Scroggie teaches us to study the Bible synthetically (putting things together) and analytically (taking things apart). He shows us how to drill down to specifics in study and how to see the Bible as a whole, where the underlying theme of all Scripture is Redemption. Each volume is filled with hundreds of charts, making it easy to visualize the teachings and organization of Scripture. This is even more powerful in WORDsearch because these charts have many Scriptural references that are hotlinks to Bible texts. Just mouse-over a link and the text will pop up for easy reference. Warren Wiersbe calls this work “indispensable.”

“Why Didn’t I See That Before?” – What You’ll Be Saying When You Read John Butler’s New Volumes

John G. Butler has single-handedly authored over 65 volumes of alliterated sermons, lessons, and study helps over the last 23 years. His half-century of ministry and lifetime of Bible study have made him a wise theologian with much to offer anyone in ministry. You’ll find that he often takes perplexing passages of Scripture and helps us see them in new ways that make perfect sense.

And now, WORDsearch has just released what many consider to be his best work yet. Butler’s Sermon Starters are far more than just starters. Each concentrates on a single Bible verse and contains an outline of 4 to 6 crisply alliterated sermon (or lesson) points as only John Butler can do. This man has a gift for alliteration. f you preach or teach, you’d agree this alone would be worth the price. But Butler always delivers more than expected. With each alliterated point, Butler offers us a paragraph or two of concentrated material. These are not full-blown sermons, but they are carefully written, containing only the distilled material you will actually use. As you read them, you’ll be encouraged to add your own illustrations, personal elements, and applications. These sermons are also Scripture synced.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

Let your mind focus on what God has in store for the days ahead. – Guest Post: Think on These Things

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Please tell me when you’ll have the Word Biblical Commentary!” Well folks, it’s here! This whole week here at WORDsearch was focused on getting the WBC released and out to you, and we are so grateful for your patience! In case you missed it, here are some more details, along with what else you might have missed this week.

The Word Biblical Commentary – Unmatched Level of Precise Scholarship

The WBC is one of our most requested resources, and for good reason. It is highly regarded by pastors, preachers, teachers, and the academic community. Each commentator was chosen for his specific area of expertise, and you’ll experience this by the unmatched level of precise scholarship. Most commentaries tend to have a dominant focus that will be expositional, critical, summary, application, homiletical, or devotional. With the WBC, you get all of that in one commentary. The best part? For a limited time this set is available for $299.95, (aka only $5.17 a volume) so don’t miss this opportunity!

Enhance Your Understanding of the Bible – New Study Bibles

Another common request has been fulfilled this week – the excellent HCSB Study Bible content has been formatted for two more translations, the KJV and NKJV. All the maps, photos, illustrations, charts, articles, and word studies that make the HCSB Study Bible so popular are included.  In WORDsearch, Study Bible Notes can be used with any translation, but with this content, the difference is any time a verse is quoted in the study material, it will be quoted in the translation of your preference.

Oh, and don’t forget there are only a few days left to get the Adrian Rogers videos. After October 2, they will no longer be offered for sale.

Blog Posts You Might Have Missed This Week from WORDsearch

“There is, and has been a narcissistic obsession and love affair with self that cannot be denied” – Guest Post: Did You Know that Selfie Is in the Bible?

Create a Deeper Sermon or Lesson with The Pastor/Teacher’s Toolkit – Cross-Reference Explorer

“Never Stop Praying” & See You At the Pole 2014

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See You At the Pole – Never Stop Praying

american-flag-in-the-wind_w490_h346Today Christian students across the country gathered to pray for See You at the Pole™, part of the Global Week of Student Prayer. Since its start in 1990, See You at the Pole has been all about uniting students to pray for their generation. This year’s theme is “Never Stop Praying,” with students interceding for their school, family, friends, and communities.

Even if we aren’t students, we can still participate in and learn from this event. We can pray for the students—that by and through their united prayer, they would witness to non-Christians. We can pray in thanksgiving for the freedom to still participate in this prayer at schools. We can pray for our government, especially with all of the decisions they are currently having to make regarding ISIS and the Ebola outbreak. We can pray for the missionaries and our persecuted brothers and sisters, who are currently suffering for their faith and testimony.

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior,  who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” – 1 Timothy 2: 1-4

And like the theme of See You at the Pole encourages, let’s never stop praying.

-Katie Cornett