Every year our church sponsors a fall festival on October 31st. Normally we have a few people inside and outside of our church question us on our decision, not to host a fall festival geared toward outreach and evangelism, but rather on our choice to host this event on Halloween. Some are concerned with the potential pagan roots of Halloween and others with concern that by … Continue reading
One of the great benefits of my education has been the training to think critically and engage others the same way. Of course, this critical thinking must be constrained so as to avoid being overly critical or simply judgmental (fortunately, I have a great wife who keeps me straight). In the church at large, I believe that we have overplayed the danger of judging at the loss of critical thinking. Rarely do I find myself … Continue reading
I am fond of computers and technology. Technology does much to enhance our lives and can make us more productive (Though, it can actually work in the reverse). The rise of the computer and high speed internet brought about a brand new world for pornography. This issue is front and center for the church. In fact, I believe that pornography is one of the great battles that we in the church must fight. … Continue reading
Culture Creep. Tim Challies linked to this and I had to as well. This is a sickening look at the way that paedophilia is creeping into the mainstream.
Take Your Kids With You. Travis Agnew shares an important parenting tip. When you go somewhere, take your kids with you…even if it isn’t easy.
Most Unmarried Evangelicals Not Sexually Active. A recent survey by the National Association of Evangelicals bucks conventional beliefs regarding … Continue reading
There is a tendency for people to use the Bible as a book of spells, incantations, or magic words. In fact, even believers can often be guilty of doing this very thing. There is the belief by many that simply reciting the right words in the right order will yield results.
In his classic monster of a book on spiritual warfare, The Christian in Complete Armour, William Gurnall warns believers against seeking safety in … Continue reading
Although we feel always joy in the declaration of God’s Word, yet we have known what it is to totter on the pulpit steps, under a sense that the chief of sinners should scarcely be allowed to preach to others. Ah! beloved, I do not think he will be very successful as a minister who is not taken onto the depths and blackness of his own soul, and made to exclaim, “Unto me, who am … Continue reading
In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul speaks to the church at Corinth once more about the divisions that are raging within the church. Some of the people are evidently not very pleased with his style of preaching, perhaps they weren’t “getting fed” and wanted more “meat” to their sermons.
Paul defends his preaching, however, by pointing out that he gave them what they needed even if it wasn’t exactly what they wanted.
But, I, brothers, could … Continue reading
Denny Burk shares a story about Dan Cathy showing Christian love in the face of criticism by befriending a leading gay activist. This is a great look into a man who seems really serious about honoring Christ with his whole life.
Albert Mohler on the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to rescind its decision prohibiting the participation of openly homosexual members and leaders.
How to Read and Interpret the … Continue reading
Porn is mainstream in America. We no longer even blush to mention it. Porn stars are celebrities and books like Fifty Shades of Grey glorify it. A couple of years ago, Ed Stetzer wrote a short article outlining some of the dangers that included an infographic of stats related to pornography. You should read Ed’s article and view his statistics here. Unfortunately, you will probably not be surprised, but the long and short of … Continue reading
A few quotes from John Broadus for your Monday:
“In every age of Christianity, since John the Baptist drew crowds into the desert, there has been no great religious movement, no restoration of Scripture truth, and reanimation of genuine piety, without new power in preaching, both as cause and as effect.”
“Brethren, we must preach the doctrines; we must emphasize the doctrines; we must go back to the doctrines. I fear that the new generation … Continue reading