Christian Liberty and the 4th of July

As June slips into July and your neighbors begin stockpiling firecrackers to shoot off as soon as you’ve fallen asleep, our minds shift to thoughts of freedom, independence, and liberty. In anticipation of our country’s annual 4th of July celebration, we tend to focus on the outward expressions of our liberty—from the patriotic clothes weContinue reading “Christian Liberty and the 4th of July”

The Face of the Church Today

The regathering of churches for in-person services is garnering a lot of attention in both the religious and secular media. I totally get that. There are very few organizations other than churches that meet as a large group every week. The implications are significant. We are following closely as more churches open for in-person gatherings.Continue reading “The Face of the Church Today”

Cutting Off Our Own Fingers

If we let passion take the place of judgment, and self-will reign instead of Scriptural authority, we shall fight the Lord’s battles with the devil’s weapons, and if we cut our own fingers we must not be surprised.—charles haddon spurgeon God wants his children to live as children of the King with Kingdom Authority. TheContinue reading “Cutting Off Our Own Fingers”

Is Society Dragging Itself to Chaos?

On July 8, 1741, Jonathan Edwards, famed pastor and theologian of colonial America, delivered one of his most famed messages of all-time at a church in Enfield, Connecticut. The title of his message was “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” Using Deuteronomy 32:35 as his text, Edwards argued that sinners are kept inContinue reading “Is Society Dragging Itself to Chaos?”

A Promise from God Is a Fact

The Greek concept of knowledge was that it meant acquiring propositional truth-information gained and stored in the mind. But the Hebrews saw knowledge as having to do with relationship and experience. The Old Testament says that Adam “knew” his wife (Genesis 4:1). To “know” her meant that he had an intimate husband-wife relationship with her.The apostle PeterContinue reading “A Promise from God Is a Fact”

It Is a Sin Issue Not a Skin Issue

(This article was penned by Shane Idleman, a pastor of a multiracial congregation and staff, offers one of the best insights to the turmoil in our nation. I pray that you will read and share the article as it offers sanity and faith to a dialogue so geared to anger and hatred.) Martin Luther KingContinue reading “It Is a Sin Issue Not a Skin Issue”

The Tragedy of the Human Condition

Christianity offers the most accurate explanation for all broken relationships by calling sin a sin. How depraved our desires have become, and how far we have fallen from the beautiful image of God! This is the tragedy of the human condition: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). IfContinue reading “The Tragedy of the Human Condition”

Declaration of…

In the late 18th century, a colonist began writing a manuscript that summarized the political unrest of his time. He produced a startling declaration read aloud in a political hall in Philadelphia: When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them withContinue reading “Declaration of…”