Profanity and the Gospel

Profanity is becoming more and more mainstream, but its constant use defiles us more than most people realize. Cursing only has one practical use. The act of being boorish has a way of waking people up when they have stopped paying attention. Using a swear word does have the effect of making people snap out … Continue reading Profanity and the Gospel

Simulated Sunlight: Entertainment and the Church

Perhaps we rely on entertainment in the church to keep things interesting because we do not trust enough in God to keep our gatherings compelling. Entertainment is easy compared to waiting on God because waiting on God requires that we come to church with hearts prepared, undistracted by the world, and with a desire to … Continue reading Simulated Sunlight: Entertainment and the Church

The End of All Things is at Hand

Whether Christ returns or calls us home through death, the end of all things is at hand. Death is the great clarifier. When we have a brush with our final enemy, death, it is incredible how many things in our lives become insignificant. The petty concerns seem to melt away. Trivial distractions are exposed as … Continue reading The End of All Things is at Hand

A Sermon Devils Love

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. - 1 Corinthians 2:2 The best sermons are the sermons which are most full of Christ. A sermon without Christ it is a horrible thing! It is an empty well; a cloud without rain; a tree twice dead, … Continue reading A Sermon Devils Love

Sin Wants You to Itself

Whether you think the church COVID lockdowns were justified or not, one thing is for sure; Satan loves that our fellowship with other believers has been hindered. In Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic work, Life Together, we find this heart-stopping line. “Sin demands to have a man by himself. It withdraws him from the community. The more … Continue reading Sin Wants You to Itself

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Announces Fully Online MDiv

There are some of you reading this who the Lord is calling into the ministry. However, the thought of quitting your job and relocating your family to pursue an MDiv is daunting, but I can tell you, 50 years from now, after you have been faithfully ministering the word, you will be glad you did. … Continue reading Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Announces Fully Online MDiv

How a Sermon on Hell Lifted my Soul

Contrary to the popular notion, as the pastor preached on hell, instead of pushing me away, he drew me into the grace of God. As I sat there, the preacher was scriptural, somber, and approached the subject with a reverence that made us all sit up and pay attention. I was at one of the … Continue reading How a Sermon on Hell Lifted my Soul

Troubled Enough to Have Something Worth Saying

Both men had a fire in their eyes with Jesus at the center, but their flames were different. Have you ever noticed that you can listen to someone talk about Jesus, but as they say all of the right things, there still seems to be a disconnect? While others you run into always seem to … Continue reading Troubled Enough to Have Something Worth Saying

Roosevelt and the Lonely Missionary

Theodore Roosevelt was coming home from Africa, where he had been hunting big game. When he boarded the ship at an African port they rolled out the red carpet for him. The crowds gathered on the dock and applauded him. When he boarded the ship he was given the finest suite on board. All through … Continue reading Roosevelt and the Lonely Missionary

The Theology of Place in a Virtual World

https://open.spotify.com/episode/444hJGzBmbZnjSGbEC2ZZu?si=LbDGuS7iTlaElxa8P8AIMw I am concerned that our increase in virtual activity is affecting us more than we realize. There is a theology of place that needs to be considered. I hesitate to use that phrase because it is often used by those who claim to be Christians but deny the faith's core doctrines—those who try to … Continue reading The Theology of Place in a Virtual World