WHAT DO CHRISTMAS LIGHTS HAVE TO DO WITH THE GOSPEL?

Nothing, really. But at the same time, everything. Hanging Christmas lights is an activity I’ve participated in for many years now, and one that, I’ve come to learn, can serve as a luminous illustration of the gospel. (Pun intended) First, it’s obvious. You can’t hang Christmas lights in the dark. It’s not something that can be done […]

WHY I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH BUSINESSES USING THE WORD “HOLIDAY” INSTEAD OF “CHRISTMAS”

It happens every year. Before the leaves can change from green to orange–and before those leaves descend to the ground–businesses start promoting their Christmas ads. Or as many businesses call them, their “holiday” ads. And this undoubtedly Hulk-rages every Christian on the planet into a wreath-colored green. “How dare they remove ‘Christ’ from ‘Christmas!’” we cry. Just […]

THE WAY YOU ACT, ESPECIALLY ON SOCIAL MEDIA, MATTERS TO LOST PEOPLE (AND TO SAVED PEOPLE)

The following is an edited portion of what will serve as the introduction to a book I’m writing on the sanctification of the believer. I read a biography recently called, Son of Hamas, written by an Arabian man, raised by an Islamic terrorist (a founding member of Hamas), who served undercover for the Israeli government, and […]

THE SECRET OF A SUCCESSFUL CHURCH

Bill Simmons, in his book, The Book of Basketball, talks about a chance meeting he had with NBA legend Isiah Thomas. In this meeting, Simmons details how Thomas shares what he calls the “secret of basketball.” Since he was writing a book on basketball–and since Thomas is a 12-time NBA all-star and 2-time NBA champion–Simmons […]

SUNDAY DEVOTION: DYING TO LIVE

Every week I write a “From the Pastor” for my church. It’s a brief devotion of sorts that communicates something God has laid on my heart in recent days. It’s published in both our Sunday paper and in our bulletin. I wanted to take a moment to share my devotion for this upcoming Sunday: Have […]

ARE LIBERIAN AND MEXICAN SOULS LESS VALUABLE THAN AMERICAN SOULS?

In the August 6 edition of the Southern Baptists of Texas’ Digital Texan, an article named “52,000 Immigrant Children and the Call to Love Outsiders” appeared (originally published on erlc.com), coauthored by Criswell College’s Barry Creamer and Brandon Smith. The article encouraged Christians to sensitively consider that the border crisis is more of a people crisis […]

YOUR FREE GIFT FOR MY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY

There is an old joke on marriage that makes me laugh nearly every time. It goes like this: Man: “My wife and I have been married for fifteen wonderful years!” Crowd: *applauds* Man: “We’ve been married for twenty-five years, but only fifteen of them have been wonderful!” Today marks eight wonderful years of marriage for me […]

WHAT IS THE ACHILLES HEEL OF YOUR WALK WITH GOD?

There is a legend in Greek mythology that details the story of a baby on whom a young death was prophesied. This baby’s name was Achilles. To thwart this prophecy, Achilles’ mother, Thetis, took him to the River Styx, a river that supposedly offered powers of invulnerability. Thetis placed her faith in this river’s fabled power, and […]

WHY DOES GOD LET TRAGEDY HAPPEN?

Last week my wife and I drove across the state of Texas to attend the funeral of her 19-year-old cousin, who had tragically passed away in a car accident the week before. The situation prompted a question that many Christians have asked in their respective tragedies, which is, “Why would God let this happen?” The eight hour […]

DO DINOSAURS DISCOUNT THE BIBLE?

I don’t know about you, but, for me, one of the most intriguing subjects in the world is that of dinosaurs. I mean, who doesn’t love dinosaurs? Whether they are cute images on a baby’s footsy pajamas or vicious creatures slaughtering innocent civilians in Jurassic Park, dinosaurs offer something for everyone. (In this case, the loving parent or the emotionally […]

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