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 […]

LET’S BE REAL, WAS THERE REALLY A ‘WORLDWIDE’ FLOOD?

One of the core beliefs for conservative Christianity, especially when it comes to Young Earth Creationism (the belief that the earth is only thousands of years old as compared to billions of years old), is that there was a worldwide Flood. This belief is taken from a literal reading of Genesis 6-8, a series of […]

DOES EVE FEEL RESPONSIBLE FOR THINGS LIKE THE EBOLA VIRUS?

The other day I noticed a young man living with what I would consider severe mental disabilities, and it got me to wondering about things like disease and famine. Maybe it’s the constant news of wars and viruses plaguing the world, but I found myself thinking back to when it all began–Adam and Eve’s sin […]

MAKING MEN OUT OF MONKEYS: DOES THE BIBLE TEACH THAT MAN EVOLVED FROM MONKEYS?

A well-known American idiom is, “You’re making a monkey out of me!” It means to make someone look foolish. When it comes to the general belief of where humans come from, this idiom is, albeit flipped, standardly employed by our leading scientists. They make men out of monkeys. And, although it’s unpopular to say so, the […]

WHERE ON EARTH WAS THE GARDEN OF EDEN? (see what I did there?)

Knowledge of the location of the Garden of Eden has been a quest for Christians for thousands of years. Like Indiana Jones’ search for the Holy Grail, many feel that if they can discover this heavenly Garden, that it might offer some kind of miraculous power. After thousands of years, however, the location is still […]

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 […]

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