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Martin Luther King Jr. and the Role of Christian Love in Racial Justice

Two titanic events occurred in May, 1954 that changed America forever. The U.S. Supreme Court issued its epochal decision rejecting the doctrine of separate but equal for whites and blacks in public education. By a 9-0 vote, the court abolished segregation in public schools. In stark contrast to this monumental sea change, the second event   …Continue Reading


PREFACE TO MY NEW BOOK ON THE ATONEMENT

In March, my book The Atonement: A Biblical, Theological, and Historical Study of the Cross of Christ (Nashville: B&H Academic, 2019) is scheduled to be released (350 pages). Here is a portion of the preface:   The doctrine of the atonement of Christ is the heart of Christianity. The cross of Christ is the heart of the   …Continue Reading


DRAGNET DEAN

Before you read this . . . YouTube an old Dragnet TV episode from the 1950’s or 60’s, cue the opening music, and play it softly in the background. . . . ________ This is the city: Fort Worth, Texas. This is the seminary: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. A 110 year history. One of the largest   …Continue Reading


“LOST AND FOUND” – LUKE 19:1-10

Lost! A word with a sharp stab. Lost dog. Lost ship. Lost child. It’s the word Jesus chose to describe our spiritual condition because we are sinners: lost! Separation from God in the starless night of eternity. Lost beyond recovery. Lost—and found. Jesus came seeking the lost—the lost millionaire and lost monarch; the lost prodigal   …Continue Reading


THE LESSON OF THE THORN — 2 CORINTHIANS 12:7-10

Self-sufficiency is an American trademark. I suppose we come by it from the pioneer spirit of our early heroes: Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clarke, Davy Crockett. Our motto is often the line from William Henley’s poem “Invictus”: “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.” The essence of sin   …Continue Reading


“ENOCH WALKED WITH GOD” – GENESIS 5:24

I’m a connoisseur of old Christian books, especially the sermonic/devotional genre. Their authors plumb the depths of spiritual truth in simple yet soul-stirring language. You get the sense that their hearts flamed with love for the Savior. The words on the page are aglow with precious truths gleaned from precious hours spent with the Master.   …Continue Reading


PREACHING LESSONS FROM A TRAIN WHISTLE

I have always been partial to train whistles. My grandparents lived less than half a mile from the railroad tracks in the little sleepy mill town of Lindale, GA. I would hear the train whistle blow day and night. My favorite time to listen was late on a fall night. Everything in the house was quiet and tranquil.   …Continue Reading


10 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR SERMON INTERESTING AND MEMORABLE – PART 2

In his classic On Christian Doctrine (Book 4), Augustine extols rhetoric as the handmaid of truth. Rhetoric must never degenerate into the role of court jester in preaching. We have all witnessed the preacher who “with conjuring adroitness keeps producing fat rabbit after fat rabbit out of an obviously empty hat” as Arthur Gossip put   …Continue Reading


HOW TO MAKE YOUR SERMON INTERESTING AND MEMORABLE – PART 1

“Some people preach for an hour and it seems like twenty minutes, and some preach for twenty minutes and it seems like an hour. I wonder what the difference is? I think I’ve spent my life trying to answer that question.” So said the Dean of Evangelical homileticians, Haddon Robinson, concerning the question of what   …Continue Reading


My New Year’s Debt – Romans 1:14-16

We are all born debtors. The instant we emerge from the birth canal, we owe someone for 9 months of room and board. Since the national debt is just shy of 22 trillion, that newborn baby’s portion of the national debt is $66, 532. If the newborn were an instant taxpayer, his or her portion   …Continue Reading