"[F]or God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control" 2 Timothy 1:7 I believe that, but I am seeing a spirit of fear in Christians today, and it makes me nervous. It seems like Christians are afraid to stand up for things, we are afraid of the world. We are afraid of the school systems, we are afraid of tricker-treaters, we are afraid of the corporate world, the secular world, we are afraid of those who can kill the body, even though Jesus told us not to be. We hid ourselves, our kids and we try not to let the world get to us, as we wait for the magical pre-mill … [Read more...] about What Are We So Afraid Of?
No one likes being stereotyped, but we do it. Often, we deal in generalities, cause it takes too long to deal with specifics. We talk about "Baptists" or "Evangelicals" or "Southerners" or "Calvinists" or "Pagans" or "Nebraska Fans" or whatever. We just make some broad and sweeping generalities and just assume that everyone in that category is the same or similar. The reality with Calvinism, however, is that it's such a broad term it's hard to pin down what that really means. Instead of defining "Calvinism" I am going to tell you what I think, and you can decide if I fit your view of … [Read more...] about Not all Calvinists are Created Equally
As I was driving to the office this morning, I heard a snip-it from Adrian Rogers. He said that God gave the Ten Commandments to families, and he talked about the commandment to fathers to teach it to your children. It really resonated with me, I agree. It seems like we want God to touch our nation. God isn't going to touch the nation, He is going to touch people, and we have the responsibility from there. The 10 Commandments don't belong in the Courthouse, they belong in your house. They don't belong in the classroom, they belong in the bedroom. The commands of God, his statues and … [Read more...] about Where the 10 Commandments Belong
I was talking with a student one day, that the most important thing in all of creation is that it reflects and gives God glory. In the dialogue I stated that is the most important thing is to give God glory, than God also does good by bringing Glory to Himself. The student replied "is God narcissistic?" That is an honest question from a student's vantage point. My gut reaction was "no, God is not a human and is not flawed, so it's glory He should get because He deserves all of it. That question however, took me to a larger train of thought. How do we usually look at God? Do we try to … [Read more...] about Is God a Narcissist?
So I want to share with you the books I think are essential to read (other than the Bible. No one say "you forgot the Bible", cause I didn't). These are great books and will help you in your ministry. 1. Peacemaker by Ken Sande. You need it. Enough said. 2. Brothers, We are Not Professionals by John Piper. 3. Simple Church by Rainer and Eric Geiger. You know what I'm talking about. Stop filling up your calendar, just do what you are suppose to do. That leads me to: 4. Real Life Discipleship. This is how you do what you are suppose to do. 5. The Kingdom Focused Church by Gene Mims. Great … [Read more...] about 5 books you should read (or re-read).
I have been absent from the blogging world for a while, and I wanted to share some incites that I feel I have received while I was working on other projects. Blogging can be a great ministry, but there are things we need to do in order in make sure we are bring God the Glory. 1. Promote peace with blogging. Too often we do "drive by" comments. We don't take the time to understand the writer's perspective, we read the title and the first three lines, then comment. Most of the time, the statements we make are in error and we cause conflict. Don't cause conflict because you are too lazy … [Read more...] about 5 ways to Blog unto the Glory of God
Greetings, To my brethren in the SBC, why is thou seeking inferiority in less than ideal typography? If the 1611 version is the translation most accurate, doth text not infer grace and power also? If thou art to be correct in thy study and understanding, then why art thou not using the text most accurate? Doth thou have struggles reading text, do you lack understanding? God in His glory Hath given us text in a form that is most holy, separate from all other translations by the text in form as well as function. Why, if thou, wishest to read the most authentic of the authorized version would … [Read more...] about 1611 Or Naught
I have often struggled with the teaching of limited atonement. I understood it in concept, but thought it was a purposeless doctrine. That was true until I read an article that was against the Doctrine of Substitutionary Atonement. As I began to think about how Substitutionary Atonement works, I began to ponder. Substitutionary Atonement states that Jesus died in my place. When He was on the cross, He bore my sins. By dying, He took the punishment for my sin. He died in my place. He was my substitute, because the punishment He suffered should have been mine. If Substitutionary Atonement … [Read more...] about Does Substitutionary Atonement need Limited Atonement?
At a conference I attended, I heart Alan Hirsch say something I wrote on my white board in my office. "It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows". I am not sure if that is an original quite, but I like it and I remember it for a solid reason. I don't want to become unteachable. Have you met an unteachable guy? I am sure you have. They already know everything, even if they are wrong, they won't admit it, if you show them they are wrong, they will find a way out of it. Most of us (I said us) on blogs tend to lean this way. We are pretty sure of our ideas, … [Read more...] about Teachability
I have had surgery lately, fixed a gastro-esophageal issue I have. Since the surgery, I have been immobile. Most of my time in bed, in some pain and on medications. I have been healing ok. Your prayers will be appreciated. During my down time, I have been struggling with my lack of ability to do "stuff". I want to work, I want to get up and get things done. I am having a hard time with that, I feel like there are expectations of me, people who want me to work hard. I am not working hard, I am laying down, struggling with myself. The pain meds have diminished my capacity and … [Read more...] about The Joy of Incapacitation