I have never met a tither who regretted tithing. I have found them to be joyful about their giving and honoring God with their substance. I have, however, met non-tithers who argued against tithing and even seemed angry against those who honored God in this way. Their opposition is often inordinate toward those who taught … More Abiding Validity of the Tithe – Part 1
This is part 2 of a series of blogs from reflections of my experiences as a white pastor in Oklahoma and serving in two communities that are overwhelmingly white. There is no justification for racism in any form or in any variance or degree. As already stated in part one of this series of blogs, … More RACISM — Reflections of a White Pastor in Oklahoma Part 2
What is hope? A normal use of the word hope can be explained as, “desiring something good in the future based upon a reason that our desire will be fulfilled.” Peter the apostle, is known as the apostle of hope from the first epistle of Peter. From the first two verses of this letter we … More HOPE. How to Live in an Uncertain World
Ten Consequence of Unbiblical Church Government Does church government really matter? It has been said by many that it does not matter what type of government the church functions with so as long it has some means of government. However, the culture of the church is determined by the government of which it operates. Every … More Why Church Government Matters
There is a new four-letter word in our culture and in the church. In an attempt to embrace an adequate understanding of grace the church has shied away from using it. A word we dare not use anywhere. A word that can get you accused for re-implementing the “law.” A word that will bring charges … More A New Four-Letter Word
I have regularly said over the years one of the best things that can happen to you in your own personal growth, is for one of your favorite authors or teachers to write or teach something with which you disagree. This challenges you to decide if your thoughts or beliefs are really your own and … More John Piper and Hug-a-Thug Theology
I read article after article instructing the Church on how millennials do not accept absolutes, rules, or authority. We are told they are leaving the Church in large numbers or transferring over to more traditional practices of liturgy. They are tired of hip and cool preachers, performances on the platform, and shallow experiences. Let’s take … More Are Millennials a Reflection?