In the last two weeks there have been two heroes whom I’ve known who passed from this life into glory – Steve Hill, the evangelist who led the Brownsville Revival and Brady Clark, a trusted friend and comrade. Steve fought a long and courageous fight against cancer and lost. A month ago Brady suffered multiple heart attacks, looked to be on the mend, but his organs simply could not recover from the incredible trauma and he also passed. I knew Brady much better than I knew Steve, but I knew neither of them as well as I would have liked. Each were heroes in their own right…One well known, one not as much. A hero is by definition: ‘One who is admired for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.’ Those who live godly in this present wicked age are heroic in their faith and admirable for their courage. Any who finish their course faithfully are heroes in my book. Both of these men exemplify the definition of a hero. And both left a wake of influence that will continue to compel people into the the kingdom for decades. Read More
A key battle ground over the issues of homosexuality and gay marriage is the Bible. What does the Bible actually say about Homosexuality? This subject has become a very blurry one in recent days. Though there are explicit Scriptures that identify homosexuality as sin, there are also gay apologists who offer alternative interpretations to these texts seemingly overthrowing traditional interpretations in favor of viewpoints that affirm homosexuality. My desire is to address these issues by honoring the biblical texts and allowing them to determine what our view should be on these extremely important issues. In this blog I offer the traditional view of the main Scriptures that identify homosexuality as a sin, briefly state some of the arguments that gay-affirming theologians use to counter those texts, and then offer responses to those counter arguments.
Because there are so many questions swirling around this issue, I felt it necessary to address some of the most common ones. This is by no means an exhaustive apologetic on the issues, but hopefully it will be a helpful reference and guide to those who are honestly seeking truth. I desire that my words are read through the heart that I expressed earlier this week. Here goes…Answers to 7 of the most common questions. Read More
Last week the Supreme Court ruled on two extremely important cases regarding the legalization of same sex marriage in America. Both of these rulings have strengthened the stance of gay marriage advocates and seemingly paved the way for the wholesale acceptance of gay marriage nation wide.
As a result I feel the Church is at an urgent moment and therefore it’s extremely important to address the issues of homosexuality and gay marriage at this time. Some would question my motives for addressing these issues. No need to question, here’s the reasoning behind my rationale: Read More
I want to take responsibility for those who claim Christianity and have acted despicably toward those who are homosexual. There are many who have spewed hatred and acted reprehensibly. I apologize on behalf of them all. Their behavior in no way reflects the nature of Jesus and is totally unacceptable. I am deeply sorry for the anger and vitriol you have faced from Christians. Read More
As my wife and I stood silently praying in front of the abortion clinic the woman across the street got increasingly agitated. She yelled at us, mocked us and continually called us haters. Over the course of the next hour, she held up signs that read, “Timothy McVeigh Fan Club” and “Haters.” She took pictures of us with the signs in front of us. The entire time, we did not talk or fight back, we simply stood there, silently praying for those entering the abortion clinic.
Ironically, after we finished, my wife said, “I’m pretty sure I know her.”
Yesterday was a landmark day in our nation. Jason Collins became the first male professional sports athlete to come out of the closet as openly gay. He has received incredible support and encouragement from the likes of our President, First Lady, the NBA commissioner, and fellow pro basketball players and teams. I believe this announcement will have a more powerful affect upon culture than even a state legalizing gay marriage. Why is this so powerful? Two Reasons: 1) the stereotype that it breaks in professional athletics and 2) the widespread celebration by so many notable public figures. My guess is that this is a first domino in a line of many that are soon to fall.
As I started my sabbatical I had lots of plans to read, study, fast & pray. I was excited for the opportunity to go after God without any ministry commitments. It’s exciting to have a solid plan, but a real bummer when things don’t go according to plan. Needless to say my plans tanked with quickness.
After four months off preaching I am back in the game. I am at the end of a sorely needed preaching sabbatical. For nearly 20 years I preached 2-4 times weekly with almost no breaks. I had vacations during the last 20 years, but to the best of my knowledge, I never went more than 3 weeks without preaching a sermon. Yeah, crazy.