Category: General


WALKING WITH GOD IN 2017

In the antediluvian chapter of humanity’s early twilight, there is no more monotonous record of names and numbers than the fifth chapter of Genesis. It is like a walk in a forest of long-lived, leafless oaks—one biographical epitaph after another—they lived and they died. Humanity had become a decaying wilderness of wickedness: “The whole earth was   …Continue Reading


The Rabbit and the Garden

“The Rabbit and the Garden” (from Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening, p. 280) In the movie, Phenomenon, John Travolta’s character has done everything he can think of to keep this pesky rabbit out of his garden. He’s even put in fencing that goes three feet underground, and still everything he plants is nibbled through.   …Continue Reading


DRAGNET DEAN REDUX

This is the city: Fort Worth, Texas. This is the seminary: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. A 108 year history. One of the largest in the world. Long hallways full of classrooms. Students from all over the planet. A world-class faculty. For 12 years now I have walked her halls. I don’t carry a badge. I   …Continue Reading


PREACHING IN THE PHILIPPINES

Nestled in the mountains about a five hour drive north of Manila, Baguio is a city of some 300,000 + people. My I-phone tells me the weather back home in the D/FW metroplex is cloudy and 34 degrees. Here it is sunny and 73 degrees. The Pilipino people are as gracious and hospitable as you   …Continue Reading


WRITING PROJECTS FOR 2016!

I’m looking forward to a new year! In addition to kicking off the new School of Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on August 1, I will be working on several writing projects. 1. B&H Publishing is scheduled to release my The Extent of the Atonement: History and Critique in digital form by June 1   …Continue Reading


A Bit of Baseball History

Four cracks of the bat and history was made on June 15, 1947.  It happened in the small mill town of Lindale, Georgia. Lindale was founded in the late 1800’s as a cotton mill town, and the Pepperell Dragons baseball team was the pride of the area. The sun beat down on a hot, lazy   …Continue Reading


A REMARKABLE MARINE VET SALVATION TESTIMONY!

I received this email last week from a man I’d never met or even heard of. His story is a remarkable testimony of a faithful Christian witness and God’s saving grace. Don’t miss his 5 minute video testimony link at the end! __________ David, My name is Kaleb Dutil. I served with your son [Jared]   …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


WHO’S YOUR DADDY? – 1 JOHN 3.1

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 children (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