Does the Bible Teach Christians To Be Pacifists?

During the early years of my theological education, for eleven years I attended regularly what I would call a somewhat militant church. The pastor had been a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force during WWII. At our church, he taught the Bible with a military style. He often said President Harry Truman should not have prevented General Doulas McArthur from pursuing war with China following WWII, as he wanted to do. As I look back on it now, I think my pastor there at that church bordered on … [Read more...]

Did Jesus’ Teach Indiscriminantly Non-Violence?

"Theology in the Raw" is a Patheos blog here on the Evangelical Channel. It has an article just posted today that was written by former U.S. Marine Sergeant Dean Meadows and entitled "The Few. The Proud. The Plowshares." Meadows says that he is a Christian and that he later came to a position of "non-violence." I think the article is unclear largely because it does not go far enough. That is, Dean does not distinguish personal non-violence from state and civil defense in the form of military and … [Read more...]

“A Plea for a Return to Biblical Repentance” by Barbara Buzzard

The following is one of the best articles on personal relationships and Christian living that I have ever read. It is written by my friend Barbara Buzzard, wife of my friend Sir Anthony Buzzard. He is the son of England's former Director of Naval Intelligence during WWII. Anthony is now professor emeritus of Atlanta Bible College in McDonough, Georgia, author of many theological books, and patriarch of the small yet fledgling Biblical Unitarian movement. Barbara is a Christian writer. Her … [Read more...]

Kim Davis Is Wrong

I believe in religious liberty. That's one of the things that makes the United States of America great. Another is that this nation is a democratic republic--the world's greatest experiment at democracy. Thus, every adult citizen--no matter race, economic status, religion, or whatever--has a right to vote in elections for political office and the institution of many of this country's laws. We also have three branches of government that wer established to ensure that no one sector becomes … [Read more...]

Who Hits the Ball: You or God?

People are often perplexed or amused when I tell them that during my professional golf career, the most asked question in the PGA Tour Bible Study was always, “Who hits the ball: me or God?”Presbyterians would answer confidently, “God hits the ball.”Methodists would answer triumphantly, “You hit the ball.”Anglicans-Episcopalians would answer ecumenically, "Both hit the ball."Baptists would answer exhortingly, “You guys are so heavenly-minded you’re no earthly good. Fuhgeddaboutit! … [Read more...]

Was the Apostle Paul a Cessationist?

[Much of the following is from my new book, Solving the Samaritan Riddle: Peter's Kingdom Keys Explain Spirit Baptism, which is being published by Wipf and Stock Publishers to be released this fall.]I was saved in a Nazareen Church when I was thirteen years old. But I began my theological education in a Bible church when I was an eighteen-year old freshman in college. At my new church, I soon learned about spiritual gifts in the New Testament (NT). They are listed as follows: Romans 12.6–8; 1 … [Read more...]

Churches Discriminate Against Singles

Tens of thousands of churches in the U.S. advertize that they are a "family church." That sounds like they minister only to families and thus not to single adults. Many do just that, and that's discrimination.I have never seen a church advertize itself as a "singles church." Yet half of all adult Americans are single. And I have never seen a church minister to single adults as much as they minister to families. I'm certainly not against churches trying to meet the spiritual needs of … [Read more...]

Is It Ever Right to Disobey God?

It isn't right to disobey God; but, like some things, there can be exceptions to this rule.During the early days of Moses as leader of the Israelites, God got ticked off at his people. While Moses was up on Mount Sinai getting the Ten Commandments from God, the Israelites were down below making an image of a calf out of gold and worshipping it. While Moses was still on the mountain, three times God told Moses the Israelites were a "stiff-necked (people)" (Exodus 32.9; 33.3, 5), meaning … [Read more...]


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