But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Monday, 06 February 2017 05:10

What MLS should be doing

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Now to things that matter. As you may have heard, Major League Soccer is in the expansion business. Not only are Atlanta United, Minnesota United, and Los Angeles FC coming aboard (and the Miami Beckhams joining somewhere in the wild blue yonder), but MLS has announced plans to expand from 24...

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Friday, 03 February 2017 20:29

A word on my present and future

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He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there. YHWH gave and YHWH has taken away. Blessed be the name of the YHWH.” – Job 1:21 As some of you may know, this evening I was terminated as the Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. The immediate...

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Monday, 30 January 2017 06:37

Petra’s albums: #2 – More Power To Ya

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Introductory Note: In appreciation of Petra’s fortieth year in music and ministry, I am ranking their albums from least best to greatest. You can read my opening post here. [Now, it should be noted that Petra’s fortieth year was in 2012, when I started this series. Better late than...

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The thirty-eighth chapter of Genesis is one of those which, if you’re on a “read the Bible in a year” plan, you’re probably tempted to skip, or at least read in fast-forward. It’s a chapter in which the word God is not found, and the name of God is mentioned only...

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Saturday, 21 January 2017 11:56

The Christian and the Bible, Part 2: The source

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Author’s Note: If you are just joining us I encourage you to read Part 1 of this series. Having established the Scriptures are inspired by God, inerrant, supremely authoritative, and sufficient for everything pertaining to our faith and practice, in this post I wish to explore some ways in...

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There is no more cruel stroke of the wrath of God than when He sends a famine of hearing His words. – Martin Luther A well-known pastor recently told his audience we shouldn’t be saying “The Bible says…” anymore. Oh, when it blew up on the internet he did a sort...

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Saturday, 14 January 2017 13:13

On John Lewis and Trump legitimacy

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Quite a bit is being made of the announcement from Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) that he will not attend the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump on Friday, because he doesn’t consider Trump’s election legitimate. The hubbub over all this has only been increased because of Trump...

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Saturday, 14 January 2017 12:46

Petra’s albums: #3 – Beyond Belief

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Introductory Note: In appreciation of Petra’s fortieth year in music and ministry, I am ranking their albums from least best to greatest. You can read my opening post here. [Now, it should be noted that Petra’s fortieth year was in 2012, when I started this series. Better late than...

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“As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” — Joseph, Gen 50:20

The careful student of God’s word should always be careful not to assign typology or symbolism to things in...

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It’s a good thing to make resolutions for the new year, as long as you don’t treat them as make-or-break propositions. That’s something I’ve gleaned from my now 40 years on this planet. Overall, new year’s resolutions should be used by Christians to promote growing in...

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Sunday, 01 January 2017 19:00

Welcome back!

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Welcome back to THE MATTRIX, rebooted and redesigned for a new year. Whereas I posted one whole article in 2016, this year I’m setting an unofficial goal of a post per week, and a lesser goal of one every couple of weeks. The content will probably lean heavily toward the biblical, likely...

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Sunday, 06 November 2016 11:04

How to win the election

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image It has been a full year since I’ve blogged. I haven’t given it up. I just haven’t felt compelled to write on this site in a while, but that changes here. In light of the long national nightmare known as Election 2016 coming to a head this week, I preached this sermon to my church...

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The faith once for all handed down to the saints is one in which the gift of reading plays a significant part. God has chosen to reveal Himself through the written word — the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. The Bible is His inspired, inerrant, authoritative, and sufficient word. That, in and of itself, is enough for...

Thursday, 05 November 2015 13:15

The Promise of God Preserved (Gen 11:10-32) Featured

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Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

 

In this study we return to Genesis 11, where previously we saw in the first nine verses the...

Monday, 02 November 2015 07:00

The Scattering of the Peoples (Gen 11:1-9)

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Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

 

Now we arrive at one of the most famous episodes recorded in the book of Genesis, and one...

Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

 

In this study we come to a chapter which one commentator correctly observes is “one of...

Thursday, 29 October 2015 21:17

Let Him Dwell in the Tents of Shem (Gen 9:18-29)

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Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

 

All Scripture is inspired by God — literally breathed out by God. That’s what we...

Friday, 09 October 2015 20:01

God’s Covenant with Noah (Gen 9:8-17)

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Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

 

In Genesis 9 we have previously seenGod addressing Noah after he and his family came off the...

Thursday, 08 October 2015 16:05

God is Pro-Life (Gen 9:1-7)

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Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

 

We have to remember that God is the God of eternity, and if the study of Genesis has shown...

Dear Pastor Williams,

You don’t know me and we’re not Facebook friends, although it would appear we have one mutual Facebook friend. But like you, I am the pastor of a Southern Baptist church and today I came across your post on the Kim Davis situation — as of the time of this writing at 65,324 shares. Since you, in the...

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 07:40

But God remembered Noah (Gen 8:1-22)

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Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

 

Let’s consider Genesis 8:1-22…

But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the...

Have you ever heard someone say there are errors in the Bible and so that’s why it should not be trusted? And have you ever heard someone give one of those alleged errors and not know how to respond to it? Well, we can trust the Bible we have. For that matter, we must trust the Bible we have because it is indeed the inspired, inerrant,...

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 18:15

The Death of the Old World (Gen 7:1-24)

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Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

 

After three sessions in Genesis 6, in this study we finally move on to chapter seven. God had...