Archive for the ‘Theological’ Category

“What a Dream I Had” (2014-12-2)

I dream.  I dream a lot.  I don’t mean metaphorically, I mean I dream every night while I am asleep. And I remember my dreams. That may be because I accept as true the Scripture:  ”For God does speak—now one way, now another—though man may not perceive it.  In a dream, in a vision of […]

A Pastoral Heaviness (2014-3-24)

You know how passionate I am about discipleship, and how concerned I am that we have had multiple generations now that have been on a steady diet of milk without ever really moving to meat.  Sometimes that becomes apparent to me in the oddest of ways.  Like today. Yesterday we celebrated Christian communion.  I spoke […]

The Great Commission (2014-3-13)

“Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing […]

Clear the Stage (2013-10-1)

What strange and extraordinary experiences. It began as I visited with Jimmy Needham a couple of weeks ago. It is one thing to see the stage persona of a performer, to see the image and wonder what the reality is. It is another thing altogether to sit down with a young man and realize he […]

Habemus Papam (2013-3-15)

As I was driving yesterday, I found myself in one of those rural areas where the only radio stations I could pick up were the six NPR stations on the far left of the dial (I know, ironic isn’t it?). It was the top of the hour and I wanted to listen to the news, […]

Mutual Edification (2011-11-5)

7But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. 8This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men.” … 11It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some […]

The Death Penalty (2011-3-3)

I just finished reading John Grisham’s latest book, The Confession.  It is a fictional story of a young man coerced into a confession and then wrongly executed. (I just could not resist a book that involved a Pastor Keith up to his neck in a death penalty case! :-)) Grisham opposes the death penalty.  This came out […]

Self-Satisfaction (2011-3-2)

One of the great differences between following our own hearts and following Christ lies in the area of self-satisfaction. The world seems to adore the bravado that says, “This is who I am, this is how I am, you can like it or lump it.”  The individual thus establishes a self-determined standard for behavior and […]

Let’s Spark a Transformation (2011-1-3)

1993 was a powerful year for us. On New Year’s Eve, I had watched Dead Poet’s Society. I had seen teenagers who were passionate about dead poets, and I felt convicted that I was not equally passionate about serving Jesus. The theme of those teenagers was “Carpe Diem,” Latin for “Seize the Day.” So I […]

Come to the Quiet (2010-8-2)

Since being called to serve First Baptist Church of Barnwell, SC, life has been a whirlwind.  There have been so many things in Barnwell that needed attention — housing, setting up new office space, learning new names and faces, building new relationships, adjusting to the peculiar needs of a new congregation which I’m only beginning to […]