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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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 02:12

Is Euthanizing Children Healthcare?

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Our children remain under attack by society’s increasing immorality, the disintegration of bioethics that no longer upholds sanctity of life and the image of God as foundational underpinnings, and the confusion caused by biomedical technologies blurring the line between life and death. To be...

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Monday, 06 August 2018 23:30

The Unbearable Truth

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“Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear my word.” (John 8:43)

In the climax of the 1992 movie “A Few Good Men,” Col. Nathan R. Jessep vehemently responds to Lt. Daniel Kaffee’s inquiry for the truth with the famous line, “You...

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No, this title is not clickbait. It is a question our seminaries, churches, and homes are confronting daily. Read on.

State of Affairs

A recent Gallup poll reported that 43 percent of Americans now think pornography is morally acceptable.[1] This is up from 36 percent last year and up from 30 percent...

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Monday, 02 July 2018 23:30

The Perils of Patriotic Preaching

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What does a theologian teach to young preachers at the dawn of the Third Reich? Such was the dilemma of Karl Barth, a Swiss-born theologian, noted professor and outspoken critic of Adolf Hitler.

Barth launched a resistance movement amidst the German firestorm of 1932-1933 with a series of...

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Recently, I was invited to a meeting with area pastors about a serious issue that our school board was facing. An organization was suing our school board for various acts of religious expression that they felt violated the separation of church and state. It had made national news. Suddenly, so many...

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Friday, 15 June 2018 01:53

Demonstrating God the Father

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God created three institutions this side of heaven—family, church and government. Family was the first institution He created in Genesis 1-2, and it has been under assault since Genesis 3. Family is the basic unit of society. If you weaken the family, you weaken society; if you destroy the...

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Monday, 28 May 2018 23:30

Families and Purity

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That sweet family sitting in worship may have secrets. Dad and his teenage son probably visit the same pornographic websites. Mom may be flirting online with her high school sweetheart. The middle school daughter may be sexting photos to her boyfriend. And grandmother may be reading Fifty Shades of...

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Monday, 21 May 2018 23:30

Jesus: Logician and Lord

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Jesus as Philosopher and Thinker

Dallas Willard once said, “There is in our culture an uneasy relation between Jesus and intelligence.”[1] What Willard meant is that there are many things we, as Christians, think of when we think of Jesus, but His smartness and intelligence are not often...

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Monday, 14 May 2018 23:30

An Incredible Name

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One of the most interesting discussions you can have with Muslims has to do with their 99 names for God. They are supposed to continually think about these names as a way to worship and also understand how magnificent God is. I like to ask them to explain some of the names and to tell me which are...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 23:30

More than Flowers, Please

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It comes once a year. A time we dedicate to honoring mothers. Most often on Mother’s Day, these revered women will receive a phone call, a card, and a vase of flowers. Such expressions of love are no doubt important and heartfelt. For those of us who have faith in God, however, we would do...

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“I shop, therefore, I am.” “You are what you own.” “He who dies with the most toys wins.” “The only value is market value.” These pithy slogans, and many more like them, capture the sentiment of many today, especially in America. Amazon, Walmart, and...

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Monday, 30 April 2018 23:30

The Vision Thing: Necessary or Optional?

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Proverbs 29:18a, “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained,” refers to supernatural revelation. The word translated as vision also appears in Jeremiah 23:16b in a warning about false prophets: “They are leading you into futility; they speak a vision of their own...

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Monday, 23 April 2018 23:30

How Are We to Treat Our Neighbors in Christ?

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One of the major problems in ministry is disunity. The little things in church fellowships can destroy relationships with our neighbors. Misunderstood statements can produce resentments. Ministries that go unrecognized can cause hurt feelings. Cliques often form that exclude and alienate others....

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Friday, 20 April 2018 06:40

Lessons from Flight 1380

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If you have been near a car radio, a smart phone, or a computer in the last couple of days, the phrase “Flight 1380” will not be foreign to you. This innocuous flight number of a Southwest Airlines plane traveling from LaGuardia airport to the Dallas Love Field airport is now at the...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 23:30

Daddy, Watch

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“Daddy, watch.” I turn to see my son attempting a “Dude Perfect” trick shot—backwards, off the backboard, into the net. As it goes in, he lets out a scream—“Let’s go!”

“Daddy,” my youngest asks, “can we make a treasure...

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Why should we be concerned about doctrine? After all, some have noticed that doctrines divide Christians, while others have opined that an emphasis on the mission of the church could unite Christians. But is it true that “doctrine divides, but missions unite”? Well, the answer is both...

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Monday, 09 April 2018 23:30

Does Elohim foreshadow the Trinity in Genesis 1?

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The age-old riddle—“Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”—is no mystery for the Christian. Biblically speaking, the answer is unequivocally: “the chicken” (cf. Genesis 1:24; 2:19). A more difficult question to answer, however, is whether the word for...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 23:30

Why I am preaching through the whole Bible

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My journey into the role of a lead pastor has been far from ordinary. In 2009, my family and I moved from the Dallas metroplex to West Monroe, La. (that’s right … I’m in “Duck Dynasty” land), to become the student pastor at a church called First West. For five years,...

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 23:00

He Paid My Debt – So What?

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During this Easter season, we often sing the Elvina Hall hymn “Jesus Paid It All.” The refrain is:

Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.

Jesus paid our debt through His substitutionary atonement[1] on the cross and then overcame the...

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My wife and colleagues at Southwestern Seminary have asked me this week, “Are you doing OK? You’re acting weird and a little off.” Weird – no; a little off – yes. I’ve been highly introspective this week and overwhelmed with a single thought. Let me explain.

There...

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Imagine living in the ancient world, a world without internet, without computers, without electrical power, without complex machines, without running water—without the conveniences of modern life. Just imagine it—the work required to gather and prepare food and water, clothing, and...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 23:30

SBC’s Church Planting Sunday

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Back in 2007, I developed an initial desire to plant a church. As time went by, I began to ask the Lord if this was of Him or just human emotion. After submitting to Him in prayer, the desire began to grow daily until a clear vision for church planting took shape, and soon after, a small church...

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Seventeen years ago, David Beck, a New Testament and Greek professor at Southeastern Seminary, used his sabbatical to address his concern that “evangelism is often recognized as the heartbeat of the church, yet it is rarely the focus of serious research among biblical scholars.”[1] Upon...

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Monday, 05 March 2018 22:30

Senior Adults and the Next Generation

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If my mom were still alive today, she would be 74. My dad is 76 and a senior adult. I can remember when I was in college thinking that someone who was 40 was really old. Now, 40-something does not seem old at all. The closer I get to the 55+ season of life, the more I realize that an older body...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 22:30

Are We Acting Wisely Toward Outsiders?

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Prior to the Apostle Paul’s closing salutations and personal remarks in his letter to the Colossians, he commands the congregation: “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity” (Colossians 4:5). As one who desires for God to use him...

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