BRIDGETON—Garland Parrish, pastor, Oak Grove Baptist Church, Fletcher, came to the St. Louis Metro Baptist Association headquarters Oct. 31 to purchase a box of books written by Bob Loggins, Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) prayer and spiritual awakening specialist.
For Loggins, who is setting the standard for being an author out of the Baptist Building, it was humbling to see Parrish buy 40 copies of the newly released book Preaching for Spiritual Awakening in the hope that its ideas would captivate Fletcher.
“I’m shy when it comes to things that are about me—things that honor me or recognize me,” Loggins said. “I’m pretty hard on myself. I have to really struggle through that. I don’t celebrate well. I need to learn how to do that better. So for me, this is really not so much about a book signing, but it’s really about getting people together from a variety of ethnicities.”
The book signing lasted for five hours, with African Americans, Asian Americans, and Anglos participating in robust fellowship.
“It’s about the kingdom,” Loggins said. “We have got to get this thing right with God and start loving on each other, working with each other, trying to understand each other, taking our time to really work at it and see what God would do.”
Loggins is teaching that preaching for authentic spiritual awakening involves seven transformational realities. Teaching the Trinity is important, he asserted. There is a Father, there is a Son, and there is a Holy Spirit. Those are the first three realities, Loggins said.
The final four are the reality of sin, the confession of sin, the repentance of sin, and the reality of a spiritual awakening.
Loggins is known as a Bible expositor, conference speaker and lecturer. He serves as president of Robert F. Loggins, Sr., Ministries, LLC. On staff with the MBC, he travels throughout the state holding various prayer workshops and conferences designed to promote spiritual vitality.
ALLEN PALMERI/associate editor