The Bill of Rights

Americans are proud of their freedoms. Perhaps there is no one place where our freedoms are more on display than the amendments to the Constitution known as the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights was written to balance out the power of the federal government inherent in the United States Constitution. Thomas Jefferson and… [Read More]

A Culture of Indifference

The following is a news story taken from Philip Jenkins’ book, The Lunch Ladies (which I highly recommend): A sad death in New York city.  Surveillance cameras in a city-run psychiatric hospital emergency room in Brooklyn capture a woman falling from a chair, writhing on the floor, and dying.  Hospital staff and other patients watch… [Read More]

Is It Well with Your Soul?

The story behind the composition of the famous hymn “It Is Well with My Soul” is so familiar, I hesitate to recount it for fear of being unoriginal, but it is so inspiring I cannot help myself. Horatio Spafford was a prominent nineteenth century lawyer who had experienced numerous tragedies with his wife, Anna, the… [Read More]

(MC)

Several months ago, in an article entitled “Multi-Site Churches,” I spoke of a growing phenomenon among religious groups in which a cluster of churches are governed by the same leadership.  In that article I pointed out that churches using this model are effectively setting up new denominations.  They may be small denominations made up of… [Read More]

What Is the Church?

Confusion persists regarding the church, although this confusion is unwarranted because God has been very clear about this institution and the reasons why he established it on earth. When you examine the Scriptures, you find a number of helpful descriptions of the church that should clear up any misunderstanding. The church is the “called out.”… [Read More]

Helping Develop Hearts That Are Pleasing to God

This past week I had the opportunity to attend the Freed-Hardeman lectures for the first time.  If you have never attended the lectureship at FHU, I would highly recommend giving it a shot next year.  Some of the sharpest minds in the church were gathered together from Monday to Thursday to discuss Israel’s plea for… [Read More]

Respecting Authority

There is a general distrust of authority in our society.  School administrators and teachers complain about a lack of respect in the classroom.  Americans, some of them in positions that are supposed to enforce the law, seem to ignore the Constitution.  Parents struggle with children who are rebellious.  Where does this anti-authoritarian attitude come from?… [Read More]

Just One Thing

Once in the fall, a fox and hedgehog crossed paths and the fox said to the hedgehog, “Come with me to steal some grapes from the vineyard.” The hedgehog replied, “I cannot because I am afraid of the traps that have been laid there!” The fox said to the hedgehog, “Don’t worry! You’ll come to… [Read More]

All of a Piece

On the way to the house of a prominent ruler of a synagogue, Jesus encountered a poor woman who had suffered from an affliction for twelve years. She had tried everything and was at her wits’ end when she saw the crowd pressed around Jesus. She had heard the reports about him and believed in… [Read More]

Making (and Keeping) Resolutions

At this time of the year, people are making New Year’s resolutions.  Weight Watchers is seeing a bump in their enrollment, and Nicorette’s first quarter earnings are looking good.  People are promising themselves that 2015 will be the year they pay off their debt or get more exercise or reduce their stress levels or stop… [Read More]