I had a chance to watch some of the interfaith service in Dallas honoring the victims of the terrible shooting. The portion I watched was Pres. Obama’s eulogy. In it the President said that Americans need to fight cynicism..¹ Cynicism is an inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest; skepticism.an inclination to … More Rebuilding Genuineness and Confidence in a Culture of Pessimism and Cynicism
The major and underlying problem in America is deeply rooted, moral, and spiritual. We continue to have problems with racism, division, and violence. In sociology, we learn about social problems in culture. They are the result of factors which present unique challenges to both communities and people personally. They are also interrelated, meaning that one problem … More Continuing Problems in America
Deuteronomy 5:1-5 The meaning of “hearing” was important, but is meaningless unless it has a practical impact. The hearing was meant to lead to learning which was meant to lead to observance. In v. 1 “to learn” means to “make someone accept something as normal habit.” The children of God were meant to become accustomed … More Foundational Truth for Living Today
Philosophical anti-foundationalism is at the core of the modern challenges to Christianity and its worldview. The 20th century celebrated that “God is Dead” because, they thought it offered the freedom to embrace the modern world and properly face its challenges. However, it proved to be one of the bloodiest centuries to date and this … More The 10 Commandments as the Unchanging Foundations for Living in the Changing Modern World
Should We Pray for Both Victims and Victimizers? Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times? Jesus said to Peter, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.” (Matt.18:21-22) Once again our nation has been rocked by a … More Should We Pray for Both Victims and Victimizers
If someone doesn’t understand something they’re likely to smile and say “It’s Greek to me.” Once on a mission trip to Pigeon Forge, TN I had to sit through an orientation meeting where someone threw down a Greek New Testament and asked “Can anyone tell me what that says?” No one could read it, because … More In what language do you share the gospel?
Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4:16, ESV) Many Christians believe that it is enough to be “Mere Christians” as C.S. Lewis might put it. And if we are interested in saving souls, then … More Christian and Baptist. No really its ok.
1. A Pastor should be a preaching Pastor. (1 Timothy 4:2) I believe the Bible is the Word of God and that it contains no errors. It is the focus and starting point of worship in the Church. My primary goal is to preach the Word of God. 2. A Pastor should be sensitive to … More Four Things I Try to be as a Pastor
Mary and I have watched some of the traditional Christmas programming. Some are familiar (Rudolph), but others are not so traditional (Shrek the Halls). When Frosty the Snowman came on I actually had the time to watch it. I’ve seen it before and I’m sure that many people have enjoyed it for years. At my … More Frosty the Snowman: A Tract for Pro-life Thinking?
Christianity is not a religion of legalism, but of responsibility. When we live in a world where most opt to answer their questions according to the pulse of the culture, then we can become confused. Confusion is not a characteristic of the gospel. It is a simple message of redemption about Christ. We, on the … More Not Legalism.