June 20, 2018

How to Be a True Christian Witness We begin a new series of the Gospel of Mark. Mark is written with a fast action-packed pace. It’s the Gospel for the attention deficit disorder generation. Mark is written with quick transitions and moves along very quickly. Here, in these verses, we see that Mark quickly reminds us that there are seven traits to being a true Christian witness. SEVEN TRAITS OF A TRUE CHRISTIAN WITNESS 1. Slave – Bondservant – (Mark… Read more

June 18, 2018

A Christian’s Response to the Culture A Christian’s Response to the Culture from Matthew 5:13-16, is the third sermon in the series on Counter Culture Christianity in which it addresses six different ways to influence the culture. A June 2014 article published by missiologist Ed Stetzer of Lifeway Research states that fewer people may be calling themselves Christians in the future—and the trend may be a good thing. Greg Jao, national field director of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, agrees with the… Read more

June 4, 2018

A Christian’s Response to Poverty Today, we have a wide contrast between the rich and the poor. There is a high concentration of wealth that is centered on a very few people. At the same time, there are a wide variety of people who are poor. By poor, I mean people who are eking out a living so that they can put food on the table. What is a Christian’s response to poverty? What are we to do about it?… Read more

May 30, 2018

Dr. Paige Patterson Is Completely Out From SWBTS I reported on Dr. Patterson’s removal as President. I said then that Dr. Patterson was out from SWBTS. The situation has since escalated. From the latest report of the SWBTS Board of Trustees Executive Committee: During the May 30, 2018, Executive Committee meeting of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) Board of Trustees, new information confirmed this morning was presented regarding the handling of an allegation of sexual abuse against a student… Read more

May 25, 2018

Today I welcome Dr. Ken Hemphill. Ken is a nominee for President of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Ken was President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary while I was a student there. He is a prolific writer and has held various positions in the SBC. You can read more about Ken, as well as his candidacy and his vision for the Southern Baptist Convention. Ken is a proven leader with proven integrity who has the capacity to unify people. This… Read more

May 25, 2018

Ecclesiastes Sermon Series Below, I have compiled the sermon series that I preached from Ecclesiastes. This series was one of the most challenging and most enjoyable series I have preached. You are welcome to look through these links for sermon ideas of your own. On the bottom, I have linked to a series of posts that I have written that are related to Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 Is Life Pointless? Ecclesiastes 2:1-26 How Can I Be Happy? Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 What Is… Read more

May 24, 2018

What to Do With the Good Things in My Life Genesis 48:1-22 I want you to close your eyes. Now that you have your eyes closed, I want you to think about all the good things in your life. Reflect for a minute on all the good things – people, events, changes, ideas, that made your life great. What are you going to do with these good things that you have in life? To answer that question, we need to… Read more

May 24, 2018

How Parents Can Encourage Their Families Through Life’s Challenges Ruth 1:1-22 Four brothers left home for college and they became successful doctors and lawyers and prospered. Some years later, they chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother who lived far away in another city. The first said, “I had a big house built for Mama.” The second said, ” I had a hundred thousand dollar theater built in the house.”… Read more

May 23, 2018

Dr. Paige Patterson Is Out As President of SWBTS Dr. Paige Patterson is out as President of SWBTS (Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) and will be promoted to President Emeritus as well as theologian-in-residence at the Baptist Heritage Center at Southwestern. To quote the official statement from Southwestern: After much prayer and a more than 13-hour discussion regarding challenges facing the Institution, including those of enrollment, financial, leadership and institutional identity, the Board determined to move in the direction of new… Read more

May 14, 2018

Journeying with John Journeying with John: Hearing the Voice of John’s Gospel in Years A, B, and C by James Woodward, Paula Gooder, and Mark Pryce is meant to explain how a person can use the lectionary cycle to see the entire work of this Gospel. The authors use their knowledge of the Lectionary cycle to give the reader an excellent primer on the Gospel of John. Woodward, Gooder, and Pryce make some interesting points about the Gospel of John…. Read more

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