I habitually hear, “I love this church I’m attending. I can really feel God’s presence through the music and atmosphere.” I know what she means. I remember sitting in a “church” in Oklahoma City feeling the same way throughout the music “worship.” I would leave “the experience” jazzed, excited, encouraged, and wanting more, ‘Wow, I really feel something.” During the week I began reading Ephesians. I learned about God’s grace; how He blesses His children; how I’m to walk in a manner worthy of the calling; and about my spiritual armor. Everyday I read Ephesians over and over again. You know, I had that same feeling and wanted more.… Continue reading
I have struggled with my millennial view since I was first saved. Although, when I was saved it was in the context of a dispensational premillennial church, I often found myself agreeing with covenantal thought. Three years ago in Theology IV, I stated in my Application Project, “I am a premillennialist primarily because of the book of Revelation. John penned his gospel so that his readers would believe and have eternal life. John wore his first epistle so that his readers would have assurance in their eternal life. John called his readers to endurance in the book of revelation.” I still think that John’s books should be understood in a thematic development but I am not a premillennialist primarily because of the book of Revelation any longer.… Continue reading
As I have mentioned in the past, I have been teaching through the Bible to my youth. The series is called “Route 66” in which I have been presenting each book as a whole, giving the theme, purpose, outline, the message for us, and who is God. So far we have made it through the Old Testament, the Intertestamental Period, and the book of Matthew. Through this study and teaching many tools I learned in semiary have proved very useful. I want to share one with you.
In seminary, I look Hebrew & Greek classes to learn to translate the Scripture and I took “how to preach from the Oldand New Testaments” classes.… Continue reading
Last Thursday Dr. Wayne Grudem wrote an article for Town Hall arguing that voting for Donald Trump is a morally good choice. And he makes a fair case (although in the interest of full disclosure, one that is unconvincing to me), and as one who has taught and does teach Christian ethics he is the right kind of man to make that argument. But in the wake of the publication of that article, I have noticed a disturbing trend online. Some Christians, seemingly emboldened by the Grudem piece, have begun to demand that believers who are convicted that because of his character they cannot vote for Donald Trump, abandon their convictions, transgress their consciences and just vote for the Republican nominee saying that the most important, really the only, consideration must be preventing Hilary Clinton from becoming president.… Continue reading
The church was always a part of my life. For the most part, I enjoyed attending even though there were times when I struggled to get there for various reasons. God gave me a love for the church and no matter how I felt I knew it was important for me to be there. Today, as a husband and father nothing has changed. Attending a place of worship has always been an intricate part of our family’s life and continues to be an essential part of our fellowship together.
So it seems awfully strange to me when believers would just stay home for no apparent reason.… Continue reading