More Beyond

For centuries Spain’s motto was “Nothing More Beyond.”  The country was proud of its position on the Atlantic, a position they felt situated them on the edge of the world.  According to popular belief, if a mariner were to try to venture beyond Spain’s horizon, he would fall over the edge like a baby’s bottle… [Read More]

Pursuing Our True Nature

Moses writes that on day six of creation, the Lord God made man in his own image (Genesis 1:26-27).  That brief revelation about human nature is all we need to understand the Bible’s demands for Christian living. Kurt Vonnegut summarized humanism with his famous statement, “Being a humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation… [Read More]

We Have to Do Something

I don’t like to write negative articles.  I would much rather write about something that has encouraged me or moved me for a positive reason.  But this morning I am disappointed.  The exhausted, shake-your-head kind of disappointed.  As I write this article, Easter Sunday is three days away – and Twitter knows it.  The most… [Read More]

Unrealistic Expectations

Have you ever considered the pressure felt by the wives and children of Elders, Deacons, and Ministers?  We, as a congregation, often praise the work of our leaders and servants but neglect the contributions of the family behind the scenes.  The man and the people behind the man are often the subject of great scrutiny… [Read More]

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]