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 […]

HOW I DO PREMARITAL COUNSELING

My most successful premarital counseling experience is what some might consider a failure. This is because, the day before the wedding, the couple I counseled decided not to marry. It was a very emotional decision for both individuals, one that did not come lightly. I consider it a success though, because the break up happened prior […]

CAN YOU BELIEVE IN GOD AND ALSO CALL SOMEONE A MOTHER [EXPLETIVE]?

You might have heard that David Letterman announced his retirement from The Late Show recently, a post he has held for several years. And you also might have heard that a guy named Stephen Colbert has been dubbed his replacement. Since this christening, Colbert has found widespread attention among a curious group of individuals–followers of […]

A SOUTHERN BAPTIST PASTOR INTERVIEWS A HOMOSEXUAL

It was in sixth grade that I met Matt. He had moved to my hometown of Mabank, Texas from Colorado Springs. We met in band and became friends. We weren’t the best of friends, but we were more than acquaintances. Although we now live on opposite sides of the nation, through the magic of social […]

LOUD NIGHT, HOLY NIGHT

It’s Christmas Eve. You’ve finished your Christmas shopping. Your tree is standing tall, fully decorated. Lights are meticulously adorning the edges of your roof. The gifts are wrapped and placed under the tree. The stockings are hung by the fireplace with care. You’ve even completed your holiday charity work, participating in Operation Christmas Child, serving at a community feeding, […]

WHY IT’S OKAY TO SAY “NO” TO LOCAL CHARITIES

“Would you like to donate two dollars to the local Rehab Center?” “Can I add a children’s book to your order to be donated to the hospital?” “Would you be interested in donating a dollar to the animal shelter?” These are but a few of the holiday donation requests I have received over the past […]

WHY RACISM DOESN’T EXIST, AND WHY IT DOES

Recently I was asked the following question: What age, gender, and race child do you prefer to adopt?” My response was: “Infant, female, human.” Here’s why: The nineteenth century witnessed the enslavement of many people based on the color of their skin. These same people also lacked many freedoms that other, different colored individuals possessed. […]

THE BIBLICAL BATTLE OF LITTLE-BIG HORN: A HISTORICAL-PROPHETICAL LESSON

Mike Huckabee, in his show’s October 20 opening monologue, discussed the differences between two historical battles–the Alamo and Little Bighorn. He asks, “Did the Republicans make a heroic stand as in the Alamo, or a poorly planned and executed assault like Little Bighorn?” “In the Alamo,” Huckabee notes, “men fought to the death to protect […]

SIGN ME UP FOR HELL

In just under a week, I will begin teaching a theology class at the Mission Dorado Bible Institute on Hell. The response to the class has been nothing short of interesting. In signing up for the class, one student said, “Sign me up for Hell!” Tongue in cheek, of course. Another class member, more seriously, […]

BOOK REVIEW – THE FAULT IN OUR STARS BY JOHN GREEN

There’s a moment in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar when the Roman nobleman, Cassius, says to another nobleman, Brutus, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.” The context of Cassius’ statement is that his and Brutus’ unjust destinies are not the result of anything supernatural (something “in the stars”), but […]

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