Runner from to a runner to

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 »

There is no Romper Room-MacGyver God

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 »

Predestination? What’s up with that?

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 »

To my “Still Never Trump” brethren

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

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Remarks at the Rally for the Bayview Cross

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 »

Glory to God! Part 4: The Glory of God in the Return and Reign of Christ

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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Glory to God! Part 3: The Glory of God in the Gospel

December 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

God had indeed promised deliverance; he had indeed promised his glory would be revealed. But the most important part was the fact that this promise was a Someone. 

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14) « Read the rest of this entry »