Grace and Mercy. These two words are often used together in the New Testament.
Detailed definitions are often given in word studies and commentaries about the meanings and differences in grace and mercy. However, my friend and preaching colleague, Ken Green, posted the following on facebook that says it very eloquently. Continue reading
Yesterday was a long and tiring day. But a very rewarding one. Today promises more of the same. I’m in Irving, Texas, at the Westside Church speaking at their annual Young Preachers’ Workshop.
For the past 11 years the Westside preacher, Mark Roberts, and Warren Berkley who preaches for the Laurel Heights Church in McAllen, Texas, have offered this annual two day workshop for young preachers. While the topics change each year, their stated mission is the same: “Training preachers to preach the Word effectively and powerfully.”
YPW is not designed for doctrinal discussion, theological debates, or textual Bible study. Rather, it is an equipping and training opportunity to help young men learn the “nuts and bolts” surrounding the work of preaching. It is not theoretical, but practical. Continue reading
A fundamentalist website called Signs of the End Times claims that the world will end in 2017.
According to Christian Today and Christian Headlines.com “the website points to various current events to make a case that the signs have aligned to signal the end of the world and the second coming of Christ.”
“The signs the website points to include natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes and also cultural shifts, such as the cultural attitude toward sexual immorality, as well as increased persecution of Christians.” Continue reading
The late John Clark, a powerful gospel preacher of the 20th century, used to tell a story about a Preacher waxing eloquent to a packed house about the second coming of Christ.
“I am coming soon,” he paraphrased Jesus’ promise.
With greater emphasis, he repeated, “I am coming soon.”
Finally, as he stood on the edge of the stage, with fevered pitched emotion, he shouted, “I am coming soon.” Continue reading
Our theme for 2017, where I preach at the West Main Church , is LOVE MORE. GIVE MORE. This blog that I wrote 5 years ago adds to that narrative. I hope our new readers will enjoy it. And that our long time readers from those early days will profit from reflecting on it again.
If you have children, you have seen “Beauty and the Beast.” In fact you probably own a copy! For those not into fairy tales, “The “Beast” is a Prince who could not love and was placed under a spell. In order to turn back into a Prince, he had to win the love of another and return it before his twenty-first birthday. But who could love a grotesque beast? Well, this is where the lovely Belle, a girl from a small French town who is dissatisfied with life, enters the picture.
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This morning I’m up early. Earlier than usual. Too early. But in the quietness of the early morning darkness, with a hot cup of coffee, several events are racing through my mind.
The milestone birthday of my wife, Norma Jean. The recent passing of our beloved Aunt Selma. Attendance at the Florida College lectures. Our move last year to North Texas. The kindness and love expressed by our new Church Family. Continue reading
Today is February 19, 2017. It’s just another day. Or is it?
For some it might be a special. An anniversary. A birthday. (Like my wife, Norma Jean). Or some other significant occasion.
Maybe for others it’s a day to relax. Sleep in. Play golf. Or go fishing.
For the workaholic, it might be a day to catch up on some project before Monday. Continue reading