How did American Christendom survive and thrive in the 18th, 19th, and parts of the 20th Centuries without Christian bookstores such as LifeWay and Family Christian? Thank goodness for these outlets because obviously the American Church is so much stronger for it.
For those of you who do not know me as well, that was a little bit of sarcasm. This is not an attack on Christian bookstore; they’ve received plenty of my money. But is it possible that we have too much information? Have we made the Bible just part of our discipleship training and not the focus?
Continue reading “Astonished At My Own Ignorance”
Jon Stewart has a show on The Comedy Channel called The Daily Show. He supposes himself a very funny man who comments on the news and makes light of almost anyone and anything. One of his favorite targets is Christianity. Here’s an example of some of his work:
“Thou shall not kill. Thou shall not commit adultery. Don’t eat pork. I’m sorry, what was that last one?? Don’t eat pork. God has spoken. Is that the word of God or is that pigs trying to outsmart everybody?”
Continue reading “Standing In Awe Of God”
King David wrote one of his most powerful psalms during a time of great repentance. Psalm 51 is no doubt second to Psalm 23 in familiarity, and like it Psalm 51 shows an intimacy with God and also a desire to share that intimacy with others.
Have you ever noticed how little we praise God when we have unconfessed sin? It is hard to praise a Holy God if were are guilty of sin and David understood that better than anyone:
Continue reading “As If Men Were Listening”
The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is the largest protestant denomination in the United States. What many people do not know is that it experienced for some thirty years a similar ideological struggle that the Republican Party faces today. Conservatives looked around its convention and did not recognize the landscape; its seminaries and denominational agencies had become filled with moderates and liberals. A must read book, the seminal work done on this struggle, was written by Judge Paul Pressler titled A Hill on Which to Die: One Southern Baptist’s Journey. I will not go into to the whole story and how it turns out, but how did it start?
In a nutshell it began over Scripture.
Continue reading “The Entirety Of Your Word”
I love the pre-dawn hours. Sometimes the Lord awakens me early because He wants to spend time with me; to show me something wonderful in His Word.
Too often I ignore His gentle tug on my covers and pull them up closer to my ear; all to my detriment.
Continue reading “The World Has Started Without Me”
Man has for so long been a promise-breaker that godly men who wanted to influence society started an organization titled “Promise Keepers.” As noble a cause that desiring to be “men of integrity” is, it is also a sign of man’s corruption. Who can honestly say they have kept all of their promises and before you speak too soon, remember to include all the promises you made to God.
Aren’t you glad that the original Promise Keeper Jesus Christ’s word is true and trustworthy?
Continue reading “All Have Come To Pass For You”
One of the biggest lies the devil will use to convince ourselves we do not need Jesus is that God and His Ten Commandments are meant to just make us feel bad through guilt. Nineteenth century American atheist Robert Green Ingersoll once said:
“We are not accountable for the sins of Adam”
Continue reading “The Want Of Repentance”
Last night at our church’s budget and trustee council meeting, our pastor Dr. Dennis Brunet asked us what we thought we needed to do to be more effective and how we were doing as a church. Bro John Osborne encouraged our pastor to keep preaching the Truth because in these troubled economic times people are hurting and they are seeking.
I told the men that people are seeking the Truth because they have discovered that the world is a lie. All its trappings, material prosperity, financial riches, the American Dream are all a lie in the face of eternity.
Continue reading “The Vitality That Keeps Life Moving”
Did you answer yes? You did! Excellent! How come? How come you answered yes?
Is it because you were taught that God’s Word is eternal?
Is it because you have always understood it to be eternal?
Continue reading “Is God’s Word Eternal?”
Yesterday I received the following response to my blog post “Come Now and Reason Together (Part 6)” from my most faithful blog commenter Carolyn down in Central Florida. She wrote:
You know what’s funny? I had one of those God things happen again, and it is right from what you were talking about this week! I was asking forgiveness for all my anger at politics and the people lately. I mean, I know some anger is OK, but not calling names and such as I have been doing- anyway, I was praying Friday about this and asking God to help me not to sin in my anger and to keep things in perspective. I know He is in complete control and all things are working together for His purpose, and things are only happening as He told us they would be. SO, last night I was reading Psalms (been reading 2 Peter too- old and new every day) and I happened to be at Psalm 37! The part that says:
Continue reading “One Of Those God Things Happen Again”
I want you to make a list if you can of your non-negotiables when it comes to someone you will vote for; stances you take in life that you expect to be supported by your elected representatives.
Do you already have a list?
Continue reading “Come Now and Reason Together (Part 6)”
Can you think of any good reason to vote for someone who is pro-choice?
How about if your principled vote today would mean that we wouldn’t have had a Ronald Reagan in 1980?
Is that the gold standard for how born-again Christians should vote?
Continue reading “Come Now and Reason Together (Part 5)”
I absolutely love a good cup of coffee, especially with those foo-foo creamers!
I take delight in freshly brewed coffee; in fact I’m enjoying a cup of coffee with hazelnut creamer as I write this (hey, when you’re comfortable in your manhood you can enjoy the finer things in life!).
Do I love the Scriptures in the same manner; looking forward to my first sip in the morning? Do I anticipate the sheer joy that will result in diving into God’s Word as though diving into a cool pool on a hot summer’s day? The psalmist sure did:
Continue reading “Loving The Scriptures”
One criticism of Christianity is that is arrogant and exclusive. While I agree that sometimes Christians can be arrogant to the detriment of the Gospel, it is Jesus Christ Himself who preached on the exclusivity of Christianity.
It was Jesus who said:
Continue reading “Come Now and Reason Together (Part 4)”
Has that ever happened to you? You were rescued by a verse from Scripture? I am talking you were about to do something very stupid, very sinful, and a verse comes to mind to alarm you from the danger in which you are about to enter. Did you know that was biblical? Did you know that was the Holy Spirit speaking to you?
“Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:11)
Continue reading “Rescued By Scripture”
What do you do when as Steve describes it, the waters become murkier than they have ever been?
Who do we listen to as blood-bought, born-again Christians when a clear difference of opinion exists between two people who seemingly have the same worldview as Michael Reagan and Steve, and us for that matter?
To whom or what authority do we turn?
Continue reading “Come Now and Reason Together (Part 3)”
I received the following response from a dear sister in Christ Felicia and she wrote:
My mom made sure to start me early and I’m thankful. I’m glad that I GREW UP IN THE BIBLE. You just don’t see that anymore, even among Christians. They just take their kids to church and think it’s all supposed to be on the Sunday School teacher to do everything and they don’t give further instruction at home. It’s disheartening. You’re right; society reflects what people are doing at home. (Emphasis added)
As God would have it today’s Bible verse I have listed to write about is Psalm 119:9:
Continue reading “Growing Up In The Bible”