Monthly Archives: June 2015

God’s Love and Mercy for Sinners

Great Bible Themes

“Great Bible Themes” is the focus of the 36th annual Southside Lecture. My preaching colleagues and I began with four fundamental lessons that speak to human need and God’s empathy for the human race.

Don Truex addressed “The Disastrous Effects of Sin.” Roger Shouse shared “The Vastness and Beauty of God’s Love.” Kenny Moorer expounded on “The Wideness of God’s Mercy.” And I spoke of “The Joy of Fellowship with God.”

These four great themes deal with the reality of life. The nature of mankind. The need that is common to us. And the nature and personality of our Creator. Continue reading

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 Preaching.Word WeekThe story is over 50 years old. But so am I! And it continues to make a good point. Supposedly it began with a letter to the editor of a local newspaper.

“Dear Editor:
I notice that ministers seem to set a great deal of importance on their sermons and spend a great deal of time in preparing them. I have been attending services quite regularly for the past thirty years and during that time, if I estimate correctly, I have listened to no less than 3,000 sermons, but, to my consternation, I discover I cannot remember a single one of them. I wonder if a minister’s time might be more profitably spent on something else?

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Southside Lectures

Southside Church

Next week Norma Jean and I will be at the Southside church in Pasadena, Texas, where I will be participating in their 36th annual lecture program.

We are looking forward to being with the Southside brethren as well as many other friends and brethren from all over the United States. I will be joining preaching colleagues, Kenny Moore, Roger Shouse, Don Truex and Tim Stevens, who will be leading the singing each evening. Also we anticipate enjoyable association with their local evangelists, Dee Bowman and Bubba Garner, and their wives. Continue reading


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Dee BowmanNext week I will be Pasadena,Texas, speaking at the Southside Lectures. Today’s post for this weekly column is taken from Southside Online and written by one of their evangelists, my friend, Dee Bowman.)

There has never been one like Jesus. In all the annals of history no entry has been made which compares to His. He was born of a peasant woman and His early family life gave only slight hints as to the greatness of His holy character or the importance of His mission on the earth. The lack of earthly possessions must certainly have convinced those who knew Him that His lot in life was not too far removed from theirs and that entirely too much would need be required for His influence to spread further than would be expected of any other carpenter’s son. Continue reading


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Are The Duggars Hypocrites?

Jim Bob Michelle Duggar

Last week I posted this question: “Does Sin Negate the Christian Faith?”

It was in response to the considerable media coverage about the family of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and the revelation that their son, Josh, was guilty of “inappropriate touching” about 12 years ago.

My post was very clear that I was not condoning Josh Duggar’s sinful behavior when he was a teenager. Neither was I attempting to pass judgment on the response of the Duggars, nor to defend them. . My post had one fundamental point: Sin in the life of a Believer does not invalidate the Bible teaching on morality, nullify the Truth, or negate the Christian Faith. Continue reading


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Katherine Chappell, an American tourist, was attacked and killed by a lion last week as she toured Lion Park in South Africa’s Gauteng province.

It is a sad and tragic story of woman who is described as “brilliant, kind, adventurous and high-spirited.” “She was very much-loved and shared her love for life with those she met,” her family said.

What makes this young woman’s death even more heart-breaking is the manner in which the attack occurred. Witnesses described what happened. Continue reading

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Bruce Jenner is Not Courageous!


By now only the most isolated of people and the Amish, as reported by Jesse Watters last night, have not heard that Bruce Jenner is now a woman!

In the past several days Jenner has been lauded as courageous by most of the Hollywood elite, the liberal media and even the President of the United States. After Jenner changed his name  and sent out his first Tweet on his new Twitter account, President Obama retweeted it with this comment, “It takes courage to share your story.” Continue reading


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Dr. Jack Groppel is an author and internationally recognized authority in the science of human performance. He is also the co-founder and Vice-President of Human Performance Institute.

Groppel works with leaders of various professions to hone optimum performance in their respective fields. A few years ago he did an experiment in the swamplands of Florida that he videoed and uses in his seminars.

The first video was a training assignment for a group of NFL linebackers. They were to run through the swampy area about one mile away, touch a white fence and then return back to base camp. Groppel then added one final, important detail: a wild boar had been spotted in the forest that morning. He explained how dangerous wild boars can be and how they all needed to be on high alert. Continue reading


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IT’S FRIDAY. BUT SUNDAY’S COMING! Look at Jesus and “Behold…”


Last Sunday, our summer preaching intern, Justin Berss, delivered the Eulogy before communion. He took the single, simple word “behold” to focus our minds upon the cross.

“Behold” is a word of emphasis. It means “to look, to pay attention to.” It suggests something that should not be overlooked or neglected.

Several times in the New Testament “Behold” is used specifically pointing to Jesus. In his lesson, Justin spoke of four ways we need to behold Jesus that I want to share with our readers. Continue reading

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Does Sin Negate the Christian Faith?


Last night Norma Jean and I watched Megyn Kelly’s exclusive interview with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar as they discussed the child molestation charges against their son, Josh.

Leading up to the interview we saw clips of the intense criticism toward the Duggar family from various news outlets. They have been called “hypocrites” and much worse. The vitriolic venom emanating from some sources has been excoriating. Continue reading


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