Who Is Jesus (Deity of Christ) Part 2 Who Is I Am?

Originally published by the author on his old blog. Part 2: Who is "I AM?" This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. John 5:18 I often hear … Continue reading Who Is Jesus (Deity of Christ) Part 2 Who Is I Am?

Redefine or Rediscover Church Membership

I have watched with great interest (and concern) at the evolution of "church membership" over the years. This obviously is seasoned with my own personal experiences, from an early background attending (and technically a "member" of) the Episcopal Church while growing up, to various excursions into differing faith groups - and ultimately being redeemed, baptized, … Continue reading Redefine or Rediscover Church Membership

Ukraine, Arkansas Master’Singers, and God’s Plan

In 2014, the Arkansas Master'Singers (a ministry made up mostly of worship pastors and musicians serving primarily in Arkansas Baptist State Convention churches) traveled to Ukraine with Evangelist Michael Gott to share the gospel through music and preaching.  Approximately 10,000 people attended the series of concerts and heard a clear presentation of the Gospel, with … Continue reading Ukraine, Arkansas Master’Singers, and God’s Plan

Identity Politics, Race, and the Church

What part of Jesus Christ's ministry, teaching, or preaching played race-identity politics?   What, then was the message, both of Jesus' own words and the rest of Scripture? It's summed up in Christ's response to those trying to corner him:   The greatest command is to love God with all - your heart, body, mind, … Continue reading Identity Politics, Race, and the Church

Hope in a Hopeless World

I received some truly heart-rending news last night from our old stomping grounds of Carlisle, Arkansas, where I spent 13 years of my teaching career. News of another student taking his own life.  This was the second such sad news in a month.  Of course, immediately rumors were flying that this was yet another case … Continue reading Hope in a Hopeless World

Churches, Pastors, and a Problem

Biblically, we see in the New Testament, elders/pastors basically appointed by the faithful to lead local congregations. Those men were entrusted with "feeding" Christ's sheep. They were appointed to be leaders who literally ran the affairs of each local church. Church members (saints) were expected, so long as that elder/pastor remained qualified and faithful to the work, to submit to their authority, and to serve along side them willingly and with joy in the Kingdom work.