The Church and Racism

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This past weekend, about 70 miles from the church, a deadly riot occurred.  This murderous riot was planned and organized by the white supremacists and racists of the “alt-right.”  And make no mistake the “alt-right” is racist to its core, and God hates racism, as much as He hates all other sin.  And what God hates the church should hate too. And the church must denounce it unqualified terms.  The “alt-right” is evil, kinism is evil, white-supremacy is evil, neo-nazis are evil.

As the people of Israel were instructed in Amos 5:15 the church, God’s covenant people in the present age, the church ought to hate evil and love good and pursue justice.… Continue reading

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When God Takes a Faithful Servant Suddenly and Unexpectedly

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Pastor Jim Barrick (Feb. 9, 1948 – Aug. 11, 2017)

As my wife and I were boarding our flight from Gatwick Airport in London my cell phone buzzed. It was not a good time to answer it and I knew if it were important, the call would be repeated when we landed in California. Sure enough, as soon as our plane touched down in Los Angeles I turned on my phone and the call came immediately. The news rocked me—my brother Jim had died at home in his sleep—suddenly and unexpectedly. Memories flooded my mind as I expressed to his wife my sorrow for his family.… Continue reading

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Let us Revive Charity

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Probably no day passes without hearing something odd or even wrong. Most of us probably have one or two friends who says the weirdest, most off the wall thing on our social media page or in private. I certainly know my wife has heard me say things, that without knowing me as well as she does, would be grounds for “the look”, flogging, or no supper. But she is charitable.

Communication among close friends is comforting. I love knowing a friend so well when he says something odd, he doesn’t have to clarify, I just know what he meant. I love how this reciprocates to me too.… Continue reading

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Church-Sign Ministry……..???

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I live in the Southern part of America—also known as “The Bible Belt.” I would actually like to rename this belt by calling it “The Church Belt,” because there are a ton of churches (where I live, there are 100+ churches in a 50-mile radius). The problem with this title is that not all these churches are faithful to Christ. So, I personally call this belt the “Lots of Buildings With The Name ‘Church’ On Them, In Which You Don’t Have To Be Committed, But You Must Go Occasionally To Fit In With The Culture.”

Pretty sure that will not stick.… Continue reading

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Proverbs for the Internet Age

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The internet is a blessing and a curse. It puts an amount of information literally unimaginable to previous generations right at your fingertips.  Almost every sermon preached in the developed world is available online (and that is both good and bad, as there are both good and bad sermons) these days. There is an enormous amount of the work of the great theologians and pastors of the past available online. More seminaries (again there are good and bad seminaries) are making video or audio recordings of their classes available online. And of course, there are also a wealth of good, sound, theological and apologetics blogs out there.Continue reading

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