Category: Culture


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


THE SKY IS NOT FALLING

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday. Political pundits have been having a heyday over it. Not surprising. What is surprising, at least somewhat, is the lugubrious prognostications by many Evangelicals via blog banter and twitter jitters. It would seem the sky is falling. Fears of a liberal, even ultra-liberal appointee by President Obama are   …Continue Reading


The Best of Things in the Worst of Times

Some years ago I read an author (I’ve forgotten whom, though I took some notes) who talked about doing the best of things in the worst of times from 1 Corinthians 16:8-9: “But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many   …Continue Reading


HOW TO REACH THE “SELFIE” GENERATION

Here is the link to my article on how to reach the “Selfie” generation at Southwestern Seminary’s blog www.theologicalmatters.com: http://theologicalmatters.com/2015/10/27/5-keys-to-reaching-the-selfie-generation/


FROM THE INTRO TO MY ISAIAH 6 SERMON ……..

How big is your God? How well do you know him? How much are you like him? How ready are you to serve him? Isaiah was a young preacher who lived in the southern kingdom of Judah in the 8th century BC. His remarkable statement in Isaiah 6:1, “In the year that king Uzziah died, I   …Continue Reading


50 Key Quotes From the Supreme Court Justices on the Decision to Legalize Gay Marriage

This article by Joe Carter of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention contains 50 key quotes from 5 of the 9 Justices of the Supreme Court from Friday’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Justice Kennedy wrote for the majority; Justices Alito, Scalia, Thomas, and Roberts each wrote dissenting opinions. It is worth your   …Continue Reading


THE DUGGAR SCANDAL — MEDIA DELIGHT OVER FALLEN CHRISTIANS

The Duggar scandal continues to be mined by the media. In all the articles, blog posts, and back and forth on this issue, I thought I would weigh in from an angle less explored. The scandal illustrates an unfortunate cultural reality: some people take delight when Christians fall. Long ago, Christopher Blackwood (1606-1670), an early   …Continue Reading


LIAR! LIAR! HOW TO SPOT A FALSE TEACHER (1 JOHN 2:18-10)

How do you discern the presence of false teachers in the church? How do you distinguish false teachers from true teachers? From the very earliest days of the Christian church, there have always been false teachers. Whenever you find the genuine article, beware of Satan’s counterfeits. In today’s world, to listen to some people, you   …Continue Reading


“GAY MARRIAGE?”

In a recent article based on a phone survey of 2000 people about gay marriage, apparently fewer than half of Americans say homosexuality is sinful. Americans who say they have gay or lesbian friends are twice as likely to say gay marriage should be legal. http://www.lifewayresearch.com/2015/04/16/american-views-of-gay-marriage/ How should Christians respond? Many see a cultural inevitability when   …Continue Reading