Articles from Pastor Mike’s Theological Mailing

Church Membership: No More Excuses(Part 1)

Judgment Free Zone. Ten dollars down. Ten dollars a month. Having been in the health industry for 30 years between being an avid weightlifter, a follower of the Mr. Olympia, a certified personal trainer and a manager at a sport supplement store, I see lines like these fill the ads of many gyms in this [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:40+00:00 October 6th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Church Membership: No More Excuses(Part 1)

The Gospel and Your Children

I will never forget a few years ago when the ladies from our church, who had recently returned from a women's conference, were telling me that my wife was the talk of the conference. That alone surprised me because, though she was part of a panel Q & A discussion at the women's conference, my [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:40+00:00 September 2nd, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on The Gospel and Your Children

The Role of Women in the Church

Why pick such a controversial topic to blog about? Oh I didn't realize there was controversy surrounding this issue. To use NoCo language: HENNO. Well, what else do you expect from a ministry whose tag line is always biblical, always controversial, always in that order. The equality of women with men has nothing to do [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:40+00:00 August 30th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on The Role of Women in the Church

The Nature of True Saving Faith

It was one of the most celebrated times in the Jewish calendar. It was the Passover(See Exodus 12:1-13). Jews would all gather together in Jerusalem to celebrate this feast. Now on one of these occasions Jesus appears on the scene. And what does he do? Miraculous signs. The beloved disciple states very clearly the purpose [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:41+00:00 August 29th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on The Nature of True Saving Faith

The Sovereignty of God Over the Nations

True or False? God's sovereign rule over nations is dependent upon the leaders of those nations submitting to His authority. If you answered true, then you have a low view of God. The God who commanded the universe into existence(Psalm 33:6-9) and who sustains the universe(Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:2-3) does not depend on the leaders of [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:41+00:00 August 27th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on The Sovereignty of God Over the Nations

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?