The Gospel According to…Me, and You Probably

(photo credit) I was reading a small book by Jonathan Edwards in which he is trying to help other Christians of his day understand the Great Awakening and the revival that was taking place around him.  As he described the shouts, cries for mercy, and general disorderly conduct, it sounded like no service I hadContinue reading “The Gospel According to…Me, and You Probably”

Take Your Bible to the Movies

(photo credit) Suspension of disbelief.  It’s something we do every time we step into the movie theater–or else we don’t really enjoy the film.  The film Hugo from two years ago celebrated the fascinating way in which movies transport us to another place.  The only way this can happen is by setting aside our notions ofContinue reading “Take Your Bible to the Movies”

Shame On Us, Men: Women and Warfare

(photo credit) The announcement by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta today has been viewed by many women in the armed forces as a “duh” moment.  Women have been serving in combat roles for a while now, but they just haven’t been officially recognized as such. However, the public acknowledgement of this phenomenon is one more step inContinue reading “Shame On Us, Men: Women and Warfare”

Baptists Need to Come Out of the Closet

(photo credit) I was reading Manual of Church Order this afternoon, and I stumbled across a great quote from J.L. Dagg (1794-1884).  He is recounting how he chose in his youth between the options of being a lawyer or a minister: At length the advice of Mr. Powell rose before me, with success at the bar, andContinue reading “Baptists Need to Come Out of the Closet”

Brothers, We Are Not Sexy

(photo credit) It is the day before the anniversary of the tragic Roe vs. Wade Decision, and we had the brand new Crisis Pregnancy Center with us yesterday, and I preached on Matthew 5:9, encouraging our congregation to make peace (by means of the gospel) in a world filled with violence and men at warContinue reading “Brothers, We Are Not Sexy”

How God Made Peace by Way of War

(photo credit) As I was preparing to preach on Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, because they shall be called the sons of God,” I was struck by the fact that Jesus blesses peacemakers, not peacekeepers.  Peacemaking is on the offensive, while peacekeeping is on the defensive.  I then realized that God is a GodContinue reading “How God Made Peace by Way of War”

Why Running Outside Is Better Than a Treadmill, Self-Discipline, and Other Things

(photo credit) “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths.  Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” –1 Timothy 4:7-8 Treadmills are for sissies.  I have run onContinue reading “Why Running Outside Is Better Than a Treadmill, Self-Discipline, and Other Things”