September 6, 2017 § Leave a comment
On Saturday, September 2, I had the privilege of presiding over the marriage ceremony of Julia Thorpe and Andy Terwilliger. Here is the homily from that ceremony on the passage that Julia and Andy chose, Colossians 3:12-17.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.—Colossians 3:12-17
We live in troubled times. Some might even say that these are times that try men’s souls. « Read the rest of this entry »
July 29, 2017 § Leave a comment
I contend that the doctrine of election, properly understood, does not make us into mere puppets who simply do what God has ordained. As I begin to address this I think my own experience in becoming a Christian might be helpful. « Read the rest of this entry »
July 21, 2017 § Leave a comment
When I was little there was no cable TV or internet to provide non-stop children entertainment. There were 3 local TV channels ad one Public TV channel—which meant my preschool options were Captain Kangaroo, Sesame Street and Romper Room. Of these, Romper Room was my least favorite because I thought it was, well, weird. « Read the rest of this entry »
July 21, 2017 § 3 Comments
If God chooses some for salvation, does that mean he chooses some for damnation?
The debate over this question has been long and heated—and, unfortunately, in many cases often not very enlightening or edifying. « Read the rest of this entry »
July 3, 2017 § Leave a comment
Before I begin I offer the following caveat:
- I voted for Donald Trump
- I take Donald Trump at his word that he is a Christian
- I believe Donald Trump’s tweeting is out of control
- I believe Donald Trump’s self-defensive stance is beneath the Office of the POTUS
June 27, 2017 § 2 Comments
In the early evening of June 27 I had the honor of standing alongside a host of liberty-loving men–pastors, a rabbi, talk radio personalities and politicians–at a Pensacola rally in support of a cross that, in one form or another, has stood in Bayview Park since 1941. U.S. District Court Judge Roger Vinson ruled June 19 that the cross in the city park violates the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution and must be removed within 30 days.
The Pensacola community was largely stunned and responded quickly. Supporters of a proposal that the city lease the area around the cross to a private historical association helped to organize the above-mentioned rally and came out in force.
Below is the full text of my prepared remarks, which I gave in an abridged and partially improvised fashion due to the time constraints. My voice was but one of many–and, again, it was a great honor to add mine to theirs. « Read the rest of this entry »
December 28, 2016 § Leave a comment
But the sadness would be broken as the song of life arose,
And the firstborn of creation would ascend and take His throne.
He had left it to redeem us, but before His life began
He knew He’d come back, not as a baby, but as the Lord of ev’ry man.
— Bob Kauflin, “In the First Light”
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