Monthly Archives: June 2015

Will The Supreme Court Ruling Restrict Religious Freedom?

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In the wake of the Supreme Court’s narrow 5-4 decision to legalize same-sex marriage, there have been a rash of predictions and dire warnings about the impact this will have on religious freedom.

The majority opinion seeks to appease such fears. Continue reading


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7 Things Unchanged by The Supreme Court

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Even if you’re not a “news junkie” by now everyone has heard that the Supreme Court of the United States ruled Friday that same-sex marriage is legal is all 50 states. 

The reaction has been swift and predictable.  Homosexuals and liberals are ecstatic. Conservatives and Bible Believers have denounced the decision.

Joe Ortwert of the Missouri Family Policy Council, called the decision ”a reckless ruling that will have a devastating impact on the future of our nation.  This disgraceful decision is the latest most evident sign of the moral bankruptcy of the U. S. Government, the moral corruption of its leaders, the vile decadence of American culture and society, and the growing godlessness of the American people.”  Continue reading


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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Why I Boast About the Cross


In my Rotary club we have a period in the beginning called “Brag-a-Bucks.” It’s a time where members give the Sargent at arms a buck to brag about something exciting in their lives. It may be the achievement of a child, or grandchild. A promotion. A vacation. A birthday. An anniversary. A win by their sports team.

What if you were asked to brag on something that you’re proud of, that you’re excited about? What would it be? Continue reading

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Reflections on The Passing of “The Greatest Generation”

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This week Norma Jean and I made a quick trip to Sellersburg, Indiana, to attend the funeral of my Uncle, James Key. He was 91. He was a part of what Tom Brokaw dubbed “The Greatest Generation.”

Brokaw’s book, “The Greatest Generation” was a moving tribute filled with inspirational stories of those who served our country during World War II. He wrote about common people. Famous people. Men and Women. Heroes and Heroines. Those who served in uniform and out of uniform.

My Uncle James could have been one of the chapters in Brokaw’s book. He served abroad in the U.S. Army during the War. My cousin, Ryan, told stories of Uncle James narrowly escaping enemy fire. Continue reading

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“The year was 1942; the world was at war. The state of Florida was still in a depression. And 50 cents was a lot of money in those days,” recalls Marilyn Irlbacher.

Little Marilyn was only 8 years old at the time, living in a less than desirable foster care home. And she owed her school 50 cents for some lost books. Unless she paid the fine, Marilyn wouldn’t get her report card.

After hearing this worrisome news, Marilyn ran from the school house in tears. She didn’t have any money. And the very thought of asking her foster parents for the money terrified her. As she ran down the street, she didn’t see the tall man in her path until she ran into him.

“Here’s the rest of the story” In her own words. Continue reading


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“That our world is still steeped in racism is clear. Just as clear is that our world doesn’t know how to deal with it,” wrote former college Professor, preacher and fellow blogger, Doy Moyer.

In a facebook post, Moyer correctly observed. “Pundits complain about the problem, politicians lament it, and we all scratch our heads, dumbfounded that we can’t seem to figure this out. Yet the best answer from culture just seems to be, “We just need to be better people and make more laws.” Granted, we need to be better people, and laws are made for the unrighteous. But what’s missing is the understanding of the root of the problem.” Continue reading


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WORD OF THE WEEK: Transformed


In the first century there was basically two views of the human body. One was that it should be worshiped for its beauty and idolized for its strength. The body was something to be proud of and to flaunt.

On the other hand, some believed that body was inherently sinful. That the body didn’t matter, only the spirit mattered. In fact, the body was only a shackle and a prison-house. It was something to be despised and even ashamed of. Continue reading


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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! 3 Men. 3 Crosses. 3 Choices.

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Crosses. You see them everywhere. On houses of worship. On grave markers. As ornate pieces of jewelry worn as a necklace, bracelet or even earrings.

We celebrate the cross. We glamorize it. We even romanticize it. We all know what it means. It’s the symbol of Christianity. It represents salvation. It reminds us of Jesus.

Yet the cross was used by the Romans as a cruel means of capital punishment. It was a shameful death. A humiliating death. A painful death.

On that Friday Jesus was crucified there actually 3 men on 3  different crosses who made 3 different choices. Continue reading

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The Wisdom of God’s Eternal Purpose

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Today is the last day of the Southside Lectures. It’s been a great week. I’ve been edified by the powerful preaching from my fellow-laborers, Roger Shouse, Kenny Moorer and Don Truex.

But I’ve also been encouraged by the fellowship of the brethren who have come to worship, learn and grow. The association with God’s people this week has ennobled, uplifted and fortified my spirit.

It seems fitting that my final lecture this morning is on “The Wisdom of God’s Eternal Purpose. Here’s a synopsis of what I plan to share from Ephesians 3:10-11. Continue reading

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This week I am participating in the 36th annual Southside lectures in Pasadena, Texas.  It is a wonderful experience and great joy to be with these brethren and to hear powerful lessons by my preaching comrades.  Each brings their own unique style, insights and experience to their assigned lessons.

Yesterday morning my friend, Kenny Moorer, spoke on one of the most profound themes in the  Bible, ‘The Word was Made Flesh”, and presented it in a simple, easy to understand fashion.  This doctrine is found in one of the great Bible verses, John 1:14 Continue reading

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