Just this week* the local church I serve has been sharing quotes from Missionaries on its public Facebook page, in order to be an encouragement to obey The Great Commission. The first of these quotes was taken from William Carey, who is often referred to as the “Father of Modern Missions.” Therefore, I thought it would be helpful to the folks in my local church and our readers here to introduce us all to the man behind the quote, “I’m not afraid of failure, I’m afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.”
William Carey was an Englishman who lived in the latter half of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth centuries.… Continue reading
The adult Sunday School Class at the local church I serve has recently taken up the topic of evangelism. In this class we are all seeking to better understand the concept of evangelism and what it is as well as what it is not. During the first part of our study of this topic we are focusing on answering the question “What is the Gospel?” by utilizing the book of the same name authored by Greg Gilbert (reviewed here). As part of this endeavor each week we look to provide biblical answers to questions which arise from our study. This week part of the assignment is to answer a series of questions which explain to whom man is accountable, what is the chief problem facing man, what is the solution to this problem as provided by God, and finally how do we respond to this information.… Continue reading
Note: This post was first run on September 11, 2014, in light of the 15th anniversary of the attacks upon the U.S. it seems appropriate to run it again.
As you read this article today, a mere two days before the 15th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, I am sure you cannot help but to reflect on the realization that nineteen al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four airplanes and then flew two of those planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, one of them into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and ultimately lost control of the fourth (with a little help from the passengers) crashing it into a field in Pennsylvania.… Continue reading
A long, long time ago in …no wait that’s an entirely different story. Last year as I was working on furthering my theological education one of the classes I took had each student write an obituary of sorts. The goal of the assignment was to write a short biography of one’s life and ministry thinking forward to how one would like to end the race. As God’s providence would have it, I have been giving more thought to such things lately as I have been confronted repeatedly with evidence that I am not as young as I was or think I am now.… Continue reading
For the majority of this week the local church I serve has been conducting its annual Vacation Bible School. For many this activity was a rite of passage sort of event in the establishment and development of their Christian walk, for me it was not. As a matter of fact, before I was blessed to serve as the Pastor of my local church I had never attended nor served in a Vacation Bible School (VBS) – EVER! So it is natural that you might be thinking this is the point I begin my diatribe detailing what I believe to be the “evils” of VBS and frankly four years ago you may have been correct.… Continue reading