Category: Bible


American Idol – Part 2

IDOLATRY IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. The people of Israel in the Old Testament constantly had their problems with idolatry. In Exodus, while Moses is on the mountain receiving God’s Ten Commandments, the people grow tired of waiting for Moses to return and they coerce Aaron into making an idol – a golden calf. Nothing could   …Continue Reading


American Idol – Part 1

The television commercial interrupts your favorite show. The announcer has a deal for you that you can’t refuse! His product can slice, dice, and chop better than anything out there on the market. And not only that, “if you will act now, you will receive a second product absolutely free! This brand item is not   …Continue Reading


SERMON SNIPPETS FROM 1 JOHN 3:11-18

If we are to love everybody, does that mean we have to like everybody? How do I go about loving people I don’t like, even in the church? I’m just asking the question I know you are asking right now in your mind! It seems to me there is a very clear, practical, distinction between   …Continue Reading


EASTER SUNDAY SERMON SNIPPETS FROM 1 JOHN 3:1-3

Every Christian should always live in three arenas, 1) what we are, 2) what we shall be, and 3) what we should be. What we are is God’s child (v. 1); what we shall be is conformed to the image of Christ when we get to heaven (v. 2); what we should be on the   …Continue Reading


PREACHING 1 JOHN 2:15-17 – “DON’T LOVE THE WORLD”!

On March 6, 2016, at First Baptist Church, Irving, TX, I preached on 1 John 2:15-17. This is the famous passage where Christians are exhorted not to love the world. What on earth does John mean? The structure of this text is often missed by expositors. The text has one main point, encoded in the   …Continue Reading


Video Chapel Sermon – Hebrews 1:1-4

WHAT DOES TEXT-DRIVEN, CHRIST-CENTERED PREACHING LOOK LIKE? Here is my attempt to demonstrate it. Text: Hebrews 1:1-4. Preached in chapel at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on Tuesday, February 23. Length: 45 minutes. Here is the link: http://media.swbts.edu/item/2163/the-7-wonders-of-jesus


1 JOHN 2:2 & THE EXTENT OF THE ATONEMENT

I am currently serving as the Interim Pastor of First Baptist Church, Irving, TX. A few weeks back I began a series of sermons through 1 John. On Sunday, February 14, I preached on 1 John 2:1-2. Verse 2 says: And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but   …Continue Reading


UPCOMING TEXT-DRIVEN PREACHING CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS

Plans are progressing on the new School of Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary! Kick-off date: August 1. I am honored to be able to serve as the inaugural Dean of this new school. God is already opening many doors to preach and to teach Text-driven preaching in the US and around the world. Here   …Continue Reading


5 KEYS FOR YOUR 2016 SPIRITUAL TRAVEL GUIDE

Two things are important when you take a trip: transportation and discrimination. You must know how you are going to get there and you must determine what to take with you. If you want to ruin your trip, take too much luggage. It is the same in your Christian life. Knowing what to take and   …Continue Reading


UNITED OR UNTIED? – THE NEED FOR CHURCH UNITY

Two words, “united” and “untied,” have exactly the same letters. Transpose the middle two letters and you can go from united to being untied. The key is the position of the “i.” Unity is vital in any endeavor. In order to be successful, work, war, and wedlock all need unity among employees, soldiers, and between   …Continue Reading