Regeneration Precedes Faith

"You must be born again."(emphasis added) John 3:7 These words from the lips of the Savior still ring true today as when He first uttered them to Nicodemus. Like a clarion call, Jesus makes it unequivocally clear that one must be born again in order to enter the kingdom of heaven(John 3:5). This is not a suggestion. [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:41+00:00 August 23rd, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Regeneration Precedes Faith

The Sinfulness of Sin

Recently at a wedding someone was telling me how there is to too much negativity preached from the pulpit today and that what we need is more positive and uplifting messages. So would it be safe to assume she would not be a fan of this particular blog on the sinfulness of sin? One of [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:41+00:00 July 13th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on The Sinfulness of Sin

I Am The Greatest

With the recent death of Muhammad Ali, many of the morning shows on TV were paying tribute to him. Whether it was the Thrilla in Manila when he fought Joe Frazier, or the Rumble in the Jungle when he fought George Foreman, Muhammad Ali was known for his self-proclaimed "I am the greatest." BUT... The only [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:41+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on I Am The Greatest

Mother’s Day or The Lord’s Day

Mother's Day, which we just celebrated this past Sunday May 8, is one of the most celebrated holidays. Hallmark and FTD look forward to this day annually with salivating anticipation. So while our regular calendars say Sunday was Mother's Day, our church calendars say Sundays is the Lord's day. So what's a pastor to do? [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:41+00:00 May 12th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Mother’s Day or The Lord’s Day

Save the Planet…or Your Soul?

As a manager of a retail store, when I offer to put customers' items in a plastic bag, they refuse the bag with the retort "Save the planet." Now don't get me wrong. In our home we recycle, but in our church you would not find us practicing church discipline on someone for failing to recycle [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:41+00:00 May 1st, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Save the Planet…or Your Soul?

The Word’s Inexhaustible Ministry

The Word of God is inexhaustible in its ministry! Its ministry is continuous and abiding. It's active, operative and at work. Paul said that the Word of God is at work in believers(1 Thessalonians 2:13). So let's look at the Word's inexhaustible ministries as outlined by the apostle Paul to young pastor Timothy. "But as for [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:41+00:00 April 28th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on The Word’s Inexhaustible Ministry

The Perseverance of the Saints

The theological controversy that was stirring back when I was in seminary was the Lordship Salvation controversy. The issue was whether or not submission to Jesus as Lord is a post-conversion thing or part of the essence of saving faith. I recall vividly fellow students asking me what I thought of Zane Hodges book Absolutely Free. [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:41+00:00 April 9th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on The Perseverance of the Saints

Take the Last Step toward Jesus?

Talking with a friend recently, he said that Jesus will take 99 steps toward you, but you have to take the last step. Is that really true and Biblical? Is someone's salvation dependent on that person taking that one final step? Is even God Himself somehow dependent upon man to take the final step before He [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:42+00:00 April 8th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Take the Last Step toward Jesus?

Peddlers of God’s Word

"The Cowboy Pastor" or better yet "The Bull-Riding Pastor". No, this was not a typo. Yes, you read correctly. Lawrence Bishop II, pastor of Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio, rides bulls in a built in rodeo arena in his church to attract people. On May 19, 2015, ABC News Nightline aired a program about this [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:42+00:00 April 7th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Peddlers of God’s Word

Easter’s Glass Case Display

  Walk with me. We are taking a stroll down the long hall way of your high school. Each side is lined with classrooms and lockers. At the very end, funneling down like a tunnel, stands a tall and wide glass case displaying the championship trophies of your football team and basketball team, of which [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:42+00:00 March 25th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Easter’s Glass Case Display