E. Dewey Smith preaching at the International Pastors and Leadership Conference.

E. Dewey Smith, pastor of the Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, delivered his keynote address at the 2014 International Pastors and Leadership Conference on Friday night. In his message, titled “What’s Wrong With a Carpenter?”, he called out young Christian leaders who run after ‘royalty but don’t want to imitate carpentry.’ He explained that Jesus Christ was willing to take on the form of a servant even though He is the Son of God and the King of Kings.

E. Dewey Smith challenged Christian leaders to “accept Jesus in totality,” saying, “He is not just a King; He is also a Carpenter.” Smith pointed out that much of Jesus’ life — His birth, His adopted father, His status in society, His death, and His burial — were not indicative of a king. Jesus Christ came to serve

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