Archive for October, 2016


I had the privilege this morning of preaching on Romans 12:1 and Isaiah 6:1-8. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: Because of what God has done for us, the only reasonable response is to dedicate all of ourselves to Him every day.

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Popular author Jen Hatmaker is, and has been, on a trajectory toward unbelief and apostasy for some time. Her interview with Religion News Service has brought it out into the open for everyone to see. You can read it here. I’m not judging what’s in her heart, but in her statements and beliefs, she’s left orthodox, biblical Christianity.

Denny Burk has a well-thought out response here.

As a result, Lifeway announced that Hatmaker’s publications can be no longer be purchased in their stores or online. Baptist Press has the story here. Lifeway published several of Hatmaker’s books and resources.

The trajectory of unbelief is not hard to spot in most cases. It usually begins with a rejection (either a “soft” rejection or a “hard” rejection) of the authority of God’s Word, the Bible. After that, doctrines clearly taught in Scripture and held by the church for two millennia begin  to fall like so many dominoes. When emotions and feelings (which characterize our times) are added to the recipe, the movement of the trajectory goes to warp speed.

Pray for Jen. Pray for yourself and your church and the church in general. May our trajectory be one of faithfulness and belief.

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The God Who Is There, by Francis Scaheffer, is a classic. Written in the late 1960’s, its relevancy today cannot be denied. Schaeffer had the uncanny ability to see and understand the spiritual and intellectual climate of the last half of the twentieth century. Schaeffer’s ministry, and this book, ignited a generation of Christian thinkers and apologists.

Yes, the book is that good, and yes, it’s that foundational. Historic orthodox Christianity has something to say to this culture, just like it had something to say when this book was written. In fact, it is the only solution to the problems we face. Schaeffer was interested in the logical conclusions of a person’s worldview, a presentation of truth that always takes into account the dignity and depravity of man, a commitment to remain faithful to biblical orthodoxy, and the necessity of both truth and love as we speak and as we live. All of that, and more can be found in this book.

I highly recommend The God Who Is There. It will help you understand our time (both then and now). It even has a glossary, which is helpful.

Tolle lege!

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If you haven’t read The Babylon Bee, you really need to start. It’s a Christian satire site, somewhat like The Onion. It’s creator is Adam Ford, who also does the Adam4d.com comics site (which is also excellent). Here’s an article from World which gives some background on Adam.

We should take God, His Word, and people seriously – but not ourselves. We have to be able to laugh at ourselves every once in a while to stay sane.

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I had the privilege this morning of preaching on John 18:28-40. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: When Pontius Pilate asked, “What is truth?” he didn’t know He was face-to-face with truth incarnate-Jesus Christ.

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I’ve come across some good articles and posts recently and what to share them with you.

Ben Zobrist plays for the Chicago Cubs (who just might win a World Series this year for the first time since 1908). He’s also a committed believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Here’s a good piece about him from The Gospel Coalition.

Michael Kruger asks if the Bible is foundational to Christianity (which can be read here). It’s his response to a recent Andy Stanley sermon stating that Christians need to stop basing their faith on what the Bible says. Bottom line – Kruger’s answer is yes. But read his article anyway, it’s good.

The active obedience of Christ and the passive obedience of Christ: do you know the difference? We talked about it last Sunday in the adult Sunday School class. Justin Taylor gives a good explanation here.

If you like Chip and Joanna Gaines, and their TV show Fixer Upper, then you’ll enjoy watching this video with them produced by I Am Second.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, a ministry on many a college campus, has upheld the biblical teaching regarding human sexuality (which includes homosexuality and gender identity). Naturally, not everyone is happy they’ve resisted the LGBTQ steamroller. John Stonestreet of Breakpoint comments on the story here.


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This morning I had the privilege of preaching on John 18:12-27. Here is a one-sentence summary of my sermon: When push came to shove, Peter denied everything while Jesus denied nothing – what will we do?

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During our vacation last week, I had the pleasure of reading Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. He was born in Jackson, Kentucky and grew up in both Middletown, Ohio and Jackson. He tells his story of being born into an dysfunctional, but typical, Appalachian family, and his journey which has led him, so far, to graduate from Yale Law School, to highlight the culture and problems of the white, working poor. The subtitle is A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.

Vance makes the point very clearly that one of the major differences in America is not political (Left vs. Right), but rather Elite (the wealthy) vs. Non-Elite (working poor, but black as well as white). According to Vance, we live in two different worlds. He describes the culture of the white, working poor using his own extended family as a template of sorts.

Vance is convinced that neither political party has answers for the plight of this, often hidden, group. The compassion of the Left doesn’t end up helping anyone, and the exhortations of the Right to exercise personal responsibility fall on deaf ears. Why? The answer is the same one he gives when asked to explain his family: “It’s complicated.”

I read half of the book on the flight to Hawai’i, and the rest on the way back, which says more about Vance’s writing than my reading speed. Hillbilly Elegy kept my attention, in other words. I resonated with some parts of Vance’s memoir because they were similar to my own growing-up years.

Vance offers some solutions – none of them earth-shattering, but all necessary. The most important one, in my opinion, is that in order to succeed, you need a social network. You need a group of people around you (family, church, friends, schools, etc.) who can shepherd you through life. By and large, according to Vance, the white, working poor are on their own (which is a recipe for disaster).

I enjoyed the book. I was informed by it. I was challenged by it, too. I recommend it. If you’re thinking of reading it, you should be aware that it has a good bit of profanity in it.

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I had the privilege this morning of preaching on John 18:1-12. Here is a summary of my sermon in one sentence: The betrayal and arrest of Jesus Christ gives abundant evidence that He is Lord of all – including His death.

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