Can We Be Pro-Homosexual?

The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.” Matthew 11:19 It was one of the barbs that the religious leaders sent Jesus’ way. “He is a friend of sinners.” They […]

The Christian butcher, baker, and wedding picture maker

Should Christians who by reason of belief and conscience discriminate against same sex couples be held liable under non-discrimination laws or should there be an exception made in order to uphold their First Amendment religious liberty rights? Though none of the occupations (I added the butcher for obvious literary reasons) are mentioned in the recent […]

Baptists DON’T Bully!

Well, that’s the ideal anyway. Baptists who understand our polity and who have a healthy understanding of autonomy, soul competency, the priesthood of the believer, and the role, ministry, and amazing power of the Holy Spirit don’t bully. They don’t have to. They don’t want to. They are horrified at the prospect. In reality, sometimes our […]

On Romans 7:13-25

We are going through Romans at First Baptist Jasper. Last Sunday I had the opportunity to preach on Romans 7:13-25. What a difficult text. Most today who read this text believe this struggle is speaking of a believers daily battle against sin. But if you really follow the structure of Paul’s thought here it is […]

‘Yes’ in a World of ‘No’


Recently my town decided to graffiti its own Main Street sidewalks with the message: no bicycles or skateboards. I’m sure the intention is safety. People walk in and out of the shops and storefronts, and you don’t want anyone young or old to be taken out by a person on a bicycle. But it made […]