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
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
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
“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
The 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.
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?
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
Next 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