Fighting Fundamentalist

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(It has been quite a while since I have written a post and I don’t know that I would even consider this a real post. I did some required reading today in a seminary course and had to write a post in a discussion board on historic fundamentalism.  This is that post.  It is a brief, unedited, response to a question from my professor, Dr. Hartog. It is only meant to inform and encourage, not strike up a debate.)

The subject line I used is what most people think of today, when they speak of fundamentalist.  A group of narrow-minded preachers/churches who love a good fight over preferential standards and traditions that they now call “the old-time religion”.  I am being a little facetious, of course, but you get the general idea.

Early fundamentalism was relegated as a defense of historical Christianity against the liberalism of German higher criticism and other new enemies of Christianity. It articulated the inerrancy of Scripture, the virgin birth, the atoning death, the bodily resurrection, and second coming of Jesus Christ as the indispensables of the faith.  If I were a leader in that day, I would have no doubt joined the good fight of faith that Christianity was waging.  Certainly, textual criticism has done its damage and we know the effects that Darwinian evolution has produced upon our society.

I would gladly own the title “fundamentalist” from this historical position.   Continue reading “Fighting Fundamentalist”

NOT BY CONSTRAINT (FOR PASTORS)

Equilibrist businessmanHave you ever had the feeling sometimes that ministry is like walking a tight rope?  I know I have-especially in those early days of pastoring when I had so little experience, and a whole lot of zeal.  There are so many complexities when working with people who are carrying burdens or stuck in the mire of sin.  Leading has many challenges, and if we are not careful, Continue reading “NOT BY CONSTRAINT (FOR PASTORS)”

WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

Nativity_tree2011What’s so special about Christmas?  Well, if you ask some people, they might answer, “Nothing!”  For far too many, Christmas is just another holiday of the year to eat way too may calories or get a few days off work before the new year begins.  For some, it’s a time to be spent with family and those we love, expressing our love for one another by giving gifts, setting up the Christmas tree, or baking pies, cookies, and cakes.  For many, it is a very stressful time of year with all the shopping that must be done spending money that we don’t have to buy things we don’t really need. Continue reading “WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT CHRISTMAS?”

Overcoming Strongholds!

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2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2Co 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

This past week, I concluded a lengthy series of messages entitled, “THE BATTLE”.  It was a study on spiritual warfare from Ephesians Chapter 6.  In the concluding message, I taught on the subject of “Overcoming Strongholds” in the Christian life.  We all have strongholds that Satan has fortified in our lives, but Christ’s sufficiency has ALREADY given us overcoming power to get victory AND live in victory!

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Lost Sheep

Last night in our Fall Soulwinning Kick-Off Service, I reminded our church about the importance of our responsibility to reach the lost with the power of the Gospel. I want to share a few principles that Jesus taught the murmuring Pharisees who turned their noses up at the publicans and sinners Continue reading “Lost Sheep”

With God NOTHING Is Impossible!

I recently finished reading through the book of Esther as part of our annual Bible reading schedule here at Grace.  What a powerful story of faith and victory.  The story of Esther and Mordecai’s faith and courage is a true inspiration for us all.  As I was reading through this small Old Testament book, I was reminded and challenged, once again, that even when threatened with the greatest of perils, God is still in control and He can still perform miracles.

Most of us already have the knowledge of this great truth in scripture, yet we often forget when faced with the hard, cold, depressing challenges of life. Continue reading “With God NOTHING Is Impossible!”

Built To Last

Never, in our lifetime, have we seen such devastation and the destruction of marriages and families, as we see today in our volatile culture.  It seems that every component of society today is the sworn enemy of traditional marriage and family.  From the redefining of the family by governments, to Hollywood’s mockery and portrayal of the broken family through shows like “Family Guy”, “Desperate Housewives”, and the like, Americans AND Christians have lost view of what a family or marriage should be anymore.  Statistics are staggering, yet ignored by most until they themselves become one of the statistics.  In the end, home after home is being ravaged by the storms of life and falling because they are not built to last.

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