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The American Quandary

  I want to think about America in this blog post. I realize that addressing the American experiment, as some have called it, is wading into the swirling whirlpool of topics that include government, religion, and freedom. Yet Christians everywhere are feeling the compulsion to explain what is happening in the land we love. The changes that have been slow and subtle o...

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A Simple Way of Understanding the Fear of God

John Murray said the fear of God is the soul of godliness. This is a conclusion you can hardly avoid as you read God’s Word. The fear of God is mentioned well over 50 times throughout the Scripture. Not only is its volume of occurrences enough to require every Christian to understand this concept, but also how the fear of God is spoken of would make us fools to treat...

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A Critique of Tony Evans’ Recent Washington Post Article

I have hesitated to write this blog because bringing a critique of a brother is touchy business and prone to misunderstanding. Yet, the topic is important, the article is public, and the lesson is one we need to learn. The brother I am referring to is a well-known preacher in Texas named Tony Evans. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and leads a large ministry...

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A Gospel of Judgement

  Some statements grab you and try to shake silly notions out of your head. At first they strike you as odd, but as you mediate upon them they begin to turn your mind. Paul made a statement like this when he said the following: Romans 2:15–16 [Gentiles] show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alter...

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An Orlando Shooting Surprise: When Your Love Is Called Hate

  Sometimes I think redefining words is the Devil’s favorite pastime. It is like rolling a snowball and seeing how big it gets. Since words and truth go hand in hand, if you can mess with words you can create time bombs out of vocabulary. Faith, love, grace, gospel all sound like good biblical words, and they are. But when they are covertly redefined, as done b...

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Grace: Master Teacher and Fearless Leader

There are times in a person’s life and in the life of a nation when everything is changed. Perhaps someone has a new baby. Perhaps a nation suffers a terrible event like 9/11 or a natural disaster. When these kinds of events happen, everything is affected and many things will change. Things have to change because there are new realities that are so in-your-face that ...

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Two Keys for Engaging with Blatant Sinners

  As our culture continues its secularizing journey, we in the church will be faced with more and more quandaries about how to deal with the unbelieving world. Our difficulty comes when we seek to be faithful to Scripture which appears, to skeptics, to have conflicting commands. Before addressing such objections, we remember that our presuppositions about Scripture p...

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The Danger of Immaturity and Its Safety Net

  The other day it occurred to me that spiritual immaturity is like drinking alcohol. Both of these have within them the seeds of self-destruction. Let me explain the connection. Alcohol is a controlling agent. It incapacitates the mind so that a person falls under the sway of unchecked emotions and rationale. Alcohol is like a key that progressively unlocks the chai...

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Disordered Lives and the Death of Sunday Evening Ministry

  We have witnessed the gradual demise of Sunday evening ministry. The questions for this article are why has this happened and what should the church’s response be. Before getting to the heart of this article, I want to clear away some circumstantial realities in the lives of churches and people. We need to touch on these here so that they don’t clutter...

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