4 WAYS TO CULTIVATE CHURCHMANSHIP: MY LIFEWAY BLOG

In late 2012 I published my first book, The Church Member, in which I offer twelve chapters that finish the sentence, “The church member should …” Each chapter includes theological insights on the practices of churchmanship, such as baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and even respecting pastoral authority. But the foundation to the book isn’t about doing church […]

WHY CAIN PROBABLY MARRIED HIS SISTER, AND WHY THAT WAS OKAY

The first time I was ever challenged on the veracity of God’s Word was in my High School history class, when a student asked the class, “Where did Cain get his wife?” This was a secular school, and the question was arrayed with criticism. “Where did Cain get his wife?” I asked myself. As it […]

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 […]

SHOULD AMERICA STAND WITH ISRAEL?

On October 22, 2012 President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney met for a third and final debate prior to the 2012 presidential election. The topic was “Foreign Policy,” a topic that, in light of Benghazi at that time and Israel now, is hotter than a West Texas summer. In that debate Bob Shieffer asked […]

I’VE CHANGED MY MIND, SODOM IS ABOUT INHOSPITALITY

Matthew Vines, the self proposed “gay Christian,” in his book, God and the Gay Christian, argues that gay people in committed relationships is not ungodly or unbiblical. This is to say that Vines believes that it’s okay–biblically warranted even–to be homosexual, so long as you are in a monogamous relationship. His book argues this point by […]

A FEW THOUGHTS ON MESSING WITH ISRAEL

Many years ago God provided three metaphors to the prophet Zechariah concerning what would happen to those who attempted to remove the Jews from their land. Each metaphor reveals a frightening picture of what life looks like when you antagonize God through those whom he calls the apple of his eye. While the metaphors contextually concern […]

MY NEW BOOK: GOD ON LINE ONE: ACCEPTING THE CALL TO MINISTRY

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been working on a new book on the subject of accepting the call to ministry. My calling into the ministry was extremely memorable. I’ll never forget the hurricane of emotions that whirled around in my heart. The experience inspired me to be sensitive to others that might be undergoing the same thing. In […]

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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