Archive for the ‘Theological’ Category

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 […]

God’s Will, God’s Way (2010-6-17)

All of us have heard of the patriarch Abraham, father of both the Jewish and Arab peoples.  But perhaps we don’t realize that he was not always Abraham, the man of faith.  He began his life as Abram, an idol-worshipper living in Ur, a prosperous city along the Euphrates River known for its worship of […]

Planet “My Life” (2010-5-25)

I just read intriguing news: It seems the Hubble space telescope has found a planet (WASP-12b) 300 times the size of Earth, which is so close to its parent star that it only takes 24 hours to orbit.  Imagine – one earth day is a WASP-12b year!   This planet “has the highest known surface temperature of any planet in […]

God’s View of Himself (2010-5-20)

I am fascinated by the subject of self identification – how we perceive ourselves and how we present ourselves to others. My interest in this subject has several sources.  First, I have a few children, so I’m acutely aware of the “self esteem” push that begins the moment they enter our public school system.  In the main, I think this […]

Just Believe (2010-5-19)

I ran across a great quote yesterday.  I wonder if you can guess who wrote it? “If it is the will of God that those whom He has elected shall be saved, and if in this manner [i.e., believing on Christ] He ratifies and executes His eternal decree, whoever he be that is not satisfied […]

Christian Meditation (2010-4-19)

I have a young friend who asked me recently what he thought might be “a strange question: Do Christians ever meditate?” I thought I’d share my answer: Of course Christians meditate!  I do it all the time.  Many Evangelical Christians seem to avoid the terminology because they think it may connote some new age philosophy, […]

Despair v. Hope (2010-4-7)

“Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.” – Acts 21:6  Notice the construction of what Paul […]

Paul’s Personal and Pastoral Ministry (2010-3-18)

“Now from Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called the elders of the church to come to him. And when they came to him, he said to them: “You yourselves know how I lived among you the whole time from the first day that I set foot in Asia, serving the Lord with all humility […]