Articles from Pastor Mike’s Theological Mailing

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

For His Own Possession

Why did Jesus die? A church I visited a few years ago was giving out as part of their welcome package for visitors a book on the 50 reasons why Jesus came to die. Chapter 23 of that book was entitled: "So That We Might Belong to Him." Exactly. Paul, in writing to Titus, highlights [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:42+00:00 March 19th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on For His Own Possession

Andy Stanley’s Unbiblical Ecclesiology

It was during my academic tenure at Dallas Theological Seminary in the early 1990's when Charles Stanley sat with some of us in the living room area of our dorm to have a heart to heart talk and Q & A about ministry. His son Andy, fellow graduate of DTS, has been stirring up some [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:42+00:00 March 8th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Andy Stanley’s Unbiblical Ecclesiology

Myths About Election(Part 2)

  Once when asked how to reconcile divine sovereignty with human responsibility Spurgeon said there was no need to reconcile friends. MYTH #3: Divine sovereignty is in direct conflict with human responsibility. Jesus Himself, while teaching divine sovereignty, at the same time called for a response. "All things have been handed over to me by [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:42+00:00 March 5th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Myths About Election(Part 2)

Myths About Election(Part 1)

We hear the word "election" and suddenly the hairs on our neck stand up as we think to ourselves, "That's not fair. It is unjust of God."(Romans 9:14) "The fallen human mind tends to think it is unjust for God to choose some but not everyone - as if we had a right to demand [...]

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Theology For Family Worship

"You know people who go around raising other people from the dead?" This was my comment to one of my daughters when during our family worship time she said that Jesus' raising Lazarus from the dead showed the humanity of Christ. We have been studying theology in our family worship time. Many unfortunately relegate theology [...]

By | 2016-02-25T10:15:53+00:00 February 23rd, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Theology For Family Worship


It can leave you a lonely, grumpy old man. It can take away your love, joy and peace. It can keep you enslaved. It can be like being behind bars in a jail cell, separated and cut off from the rest of the world. What is it? Bitterness. Sounds like a grim reality for many. [...]

By | 2017-04-03T20:34:42+00:00 February 17th, 2016|Articles|Comments Off on Forgiveness

How Would God Start a Church?(Part 2)

Their hearts were pierced to the very core. They had to respond to the message. They cried out asking what they ought to do. "Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”" Acts 2:37 After hearing the [...]

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