Culture

Giving Thanks

I’ve spent most of today preparing for my message on Sunday on ‘Thankfulness.’  During my study I came across ‘The General Thanksgiving’ from the Book of Common Prayer.  I hope it will be as much an encouragement to you as it has been to me. “Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we thine unworthy servants […]

When the Church Disappoints

I’ve been thinking alot about Paul’s final words to Timothy.  Writing from prison in Rome he said, “Do your best to come to me soon.  For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica.  Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.  Luke alone is with me.  Get Mark […]

“Do Christians just pick and choose what they want to believe about the Bible?”

I was reading some articles tonight on the Gospel Coalition website and ran across this article by Tim Keller entitled, “Old Testament Law and the Charge of Inconsistency“.  In the article Keller wisely articulates why Christians aren’t being inconsistent when they distinguish between the moral law (including sexual ethics) that trancends both the Old and New Testaments, and […]

Thoughts on the North Carolina Marriage Amendment

On May 8, 2012, voters in North Carolina will cast their vote either “for” or “against” the proposed amendment to the constitution of North Carolina that defines marriage between a man and woman.  If approved, the proposed measure would amend the constitution by adding the following words: “Marriage between one man and one woman is […]

Remembering ‘How’ We Once Were

This past Sunday (March 11, 2012) I taught from Titus 3:1-8 and dealt with the importance of our witness of the gospel’s power to the non-belieiving world.  The Scripture reminds us that our lives are like a vapor; a moment here…then gone.  Therefore there must be a sense of urgency in our lives to make much […]

A Puritan Prayer for today…

I absolutely love The Valley of Vision, a collection of Puritan prayers.  When I reflect on their heartfelt words my soul is stirred.  Here is one entitled “Second Day Morning: God Over All.” “O God all sufficient, Thou has made and upholdest all things by the word of thy power;  darkness is thy pavilion, thou […]

The Gospel and Parenting

A couple of years ago I read a well written book by Tim Kimmel entitled Grace Based Parenting that really challenged me.  I was reminded that as a parent we should always seek wisdom regarding the influences in our childrens lives.  There is no doubt we need to be aware of the music they listen to, the friends […]