Dr. James Higgs
In August of 2009 Sermonkindling.org was born The web site was created from
my desire to help assist fellow preachers. The target group that I wanted to
help was young inexperienced preachers; newly called preachers, and preachers
who might be experiencing fatigue. So it is my prayer that my messages might
somewhat stir the fire of sermon preparation.
believe my preaching ministry has evolved through the healthy
relationship with four fulltime churches over a period of thirty
eight years. Not only was the period of time broadening my preaching
perspective, but the three fields in which they took place; 18
years in Dallas, 3 years in Medinah, Ill, 21 years in San Francisco
in an outer urban church and in the historic First Baptist Church
in the center of the city. All these assignments were instrumental
in forging my preaching style.
the last pastorate my exposure to guest preachers who spoke to
our congregation greatly excited me to grow in the preaching
Some of them were: Moishe Rosen, Leighton Ford, Dr. Theodore Epp, Tony Compolo,
John Piper, Joel Nederhood, Henry Blackaby, and others. They raised the bar
for fervent Biblical preaching. In 1992 Dr. Haddon Robinson invited me to a
three month sabbatical at Gordon Conwell Seminary. I believe my time with this
preaching giant extended my pulpit ministry by at least ten years. Certainly
it gave the impetus for my twelve year relationship with the Golden Gate Baptist
Theological Seminary as one of the preaching professors.
as I look back I am quite amazed at the opportunities that God
has given to preach to over seventy five churches in northern
California. I am quite certain that this would not have happened
had I not fallen intensely in love with the ministry of preaching
the Word of God. The picture of the glacier in Chile gave me
the idea of the title for the web site. What an effort it would
take to build a fire on the edge of the damp icy spot. Even so
at times it seems so difficult to come up with a sermon. In a
humble way I want to give some kindling to help you get the fire
going. Feel free to use this material as you see fit and we will
glory to God together.
On October 11, 2021 Dr. James L. Higgs passed from this life to
be with Jesus. Dr. Higgs was ministering in Iloilo, Philippines
at the time of his death.
have known Dr. Jim Higgs, as my pastor, and my friend when he
began his ministry as Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church
in San Francisco, the church in which I grew up in. Since years
have gone by and his ministry has moved him away from San Francisco,
and I moved out of the City into the suburbs, I have continued
a well-treasured friendship with Jim Higgs, his wife and familiy.
is a wonderful, Godly man. One who is teachable, and one who
listens to God's promptings in his life.
consider it an honor and a pleasure to work with Dr. Higgs on
the Sermon Kindling website, and be partner in this ministry