Today Women Are Striking, and I am Going to Work

Today is March 8th. Today is an important day for women as women all over the world are called to strike. I however, am going to work. [Read more…]

How NOT to Read the Bible for All It is Worth

There is a great book by Gordon Fee titled, “How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth.” It’s a fairly readable introduction on the topic of Biblical Hermeneutics (Biblical Interpretation). In fact, it’s so popular that it has been required reading at most of the bible colleges, seminaries, and other institutes I have attended. [Read More…]

A Case for Unmarried Ministers

Does an Elder/Deacon/Pastor Have to be Married? Many intelligent, educated, biblical commentators who have addressed the words “…the husband of one wife…”, found in 1 Timothy 3:2, 12; and Titus 1:6-9, have reached the same conclusion that I, and many I know, have. That conclusion is, “husband of one wife” does NOT mean that an [Read More…]

Ironing Out Our Differences Without Getting Burned

Romans 12:16-18: “Be of the same mind toward one another… If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” One translation states it, “Live in harmony with each other.” We get our English word “arm” from the same Greek root as “h-a-r-m-o-n-y.” The stem word is harmos, which means [Read More…]

Don’t Manipulate Me to Vote for Your Candidate

Are you sick of it yet? I am. As a bible teacher, writer, and former preacher there are a few topics I have purposefully stayed away from. Politics is one of them. However, given the whirlwind of hurricane activity in connection to this year’s election I felt that for the first time in over 23 [Read More…]

Ideas For Pastor Appreciation Month (October)

For some reason this day of celebration often gets overlooked. Often times the month will pass by without anyone having remembered the special day. I’m sure several reasons can be cited for this: we just get busy with life; minutes turn into hours, hours into days, days into weeks, and pretty soon the month has slipped by. And rarely is the pastor going to mention it himself, I mean think about how that would come across. “Congregation, don’t forget to show me appreciation this month.” [Read more…]

Romans 8:1 – The Verse That Made Me a Calvinist

Have you ever been scared? I mean really, really terrified? I’m not talking about being startled by a scene in a horror movie or just a sense of anxiety from the uncertainty of something, but have you ever been affected by fear to an extent that it immobilized you? If not in a literal, physical [Read More…]

Theologians Rethinking Ten Commandments After Facebook User Points Out That Jesus Hung Out With Sinners

Philadelphia PA—Scholars at the nation’s top seminaries are in shock after local college sophomore, Blaine Richards, informed an evangelical friend on Facebook that Jesus hung out with sinners. [Read more…]

F.L.A.P.S. for Faith

Introduction: Baptism is what we do to make a public proclamation of faith in Jesus Christ. It’s an outward declaration of an internal change. It’s one of those things we get excited about and can’t help but share. In the Gospels it’s interesting to note that Peter was a bit shaky. Sometimes he was as [Read More…]

Calming Down with Help from Psalm 23

“In every pew is a broken heart. Speak often on suffering and you will never lack for a congregation.” – Joseph Parker THE 23RD PSALM There are some risks inherent with preaching or writing about Psalm 23. What I mean by that is it is such a well-known, popular psalm that it’s easy to tune [Read More…]