Carmen and I have been absolutely overwhelmed at the exposure my last post received. The famous Christian philosopher, C. S. Lewis once remarked on suffering in this way: "Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His … Continue reading Reflection: Pain is God’s Megaphone (+ cancer update)
This past week has been the worst time of Carmen's and my life. We have each gone through troubling and trying times, but none compare to what God has put in front of us over these last nine days. Members of our church and friends from all over the United States have been praying for … Continue reading The Worst 8 Days Ever…
I am of the opinion that if you are not constantly re-examining your doctrine, then you probably are not reading your Bible consistently or correctly. Is that too harsh? Here’s why I believe that to be true. We all bring presuppositions to the biblical text. We all have some grid through which we view the … Continue reading Do You Believe In Miracles?
Sometimes a preacher says something so perfectly that it does not even do well for another preacher to elaborate. In studying to teach on the Lord's Supper, I came across this reality with the words of Charles Spurgeon. His take on the ease with which we forget Christ is amazing and worth relaying: "It pictures … Continue reading Spurgeon on Forgetting Jesus
I met a very interesting person the other day. I was in a Bojangles (yuck) with my students in Virginia on the way back home to the Outer Banks after a weekend evangelism conference. The man immediately caught the attention of my wife. He sat by himself at a table behind us wearing a three-piece … Continue reading Jesus Is Not A Republican (or a Democrat)!
"I've never heard anyone preach the gospel the way you do." These were the words that changed the focus of my ministry. As the sentence flowed out of Clayton's mouth during our lunch together at El Vallarta in Danville, Virginia, my first response was immediate: that can't be true. Someone had to have presented the … Continue reading Preaching the Gospel At Every Gig
One of the creeds that the Reformers employed was Semper Reformanda, which means "always reforming." This motto was based on the idea that the church ought always to look toward Scripture, and if anything between the two contradicted, it would be adjusted. Michael Horton clarifies: "Here is his whole phrase: 'The church is reformed and … Continue reading Reforming My Life (2012)
Last week, I wrote about my Dad. He is awesome. I am truly blessed to have such a great father with whom I am so close. But over the last two and a half years, I have learned that I am doubly blessed. Not only do I have a great father, but I also have … Continue reading Happy Father’s Day, Part 2