The 19th century American Humorist, Samuel Clemens a.k.a. Mark Twain was known as a critic of organized religion. He often poked fun at preachers and their preaching.
One Sunday Twain attended a Sunday service. Afterward, he met the preacher at the door and said he had a book at home with every word he preached that morning.
The minister assured him that the sermon was an original. Twain still held his position. So the preacher demanded to see this book. Twain said he would send it over to his office the next morning. Continue reading
Michael Bird, a minister in Australia, tells about a well-known American preacher who gave some advice to an Australian congregation.
He said, “Don’t tell people about the cross, it doesn’t work. That’s why the Franklin Graham crusades are no longer effective. Just tell them that God loves them and has a plan for them.”
The crux of his advice was that “The message of a crucified Jew is ridiculous to the modern mind… So move on to something better. A crucified Messiah is stupid, but promise them prosperity, give them emotional experiences, provide them with self-esteem – then you’ll fill the pews.” Continue reading
We hear and read a good bit about the “Evangelical Right” today, especially in the area of politics. However, what may be little known to the average person, is that the doctrine of Premillennialism reigns in Evangelical theology.
For the past 100 years Premillennialism has gained a wide acceptance in the Protestant world in general and evangelicals specifically. Some trace the growing belief to the publishing of Scofield Reference Bible in 1909. Continue reading
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In this age of post-modernism, pragmatism, and market-driven ministry there seems to be some embarrassment in some circles regarding the gospel message.
ThePreachersWord is posted on a number of religious facebook pages, many with names connected to churches of Christ. Yet, I often see extremely pejorative comments regarding the truth, scripture and the beliefs of brethren in general. The church is often downgraded and dismissed as an unnecessary, outdated relic of the past. Continue reading
Perry Greene shared this story in one of his sermons. It was early in 1945. As United States forces pushed deep into Okinawa they came across a village unlike any they had ever seen. Here at Shimabuku they were met and welcomed by two old men who invited the troops in as “fellow Christians.” Continue reading
Romans 1:16 is one of the greatest verses in the Bible.
“What grand truths lie concealed in this Scripture,” writes W. H, Luckenbach, “as in a kaleidoscope! The gospel being its focal point, several easy turns bring into clearest view some of the most precious things of our Christian faith.” Continue reading
“America is the most consequential nation on Earth, and in desperate need of God at the moment. If America falls, it will be a thousand years of darkness for the entire planet.”
Conservative political pundit Ann Coulter wrote the above words in a recent column entitled “Ebola Doc’s Condition Downgraded to ‘Idiotic.’” It was in response to Dr. Kent Brantly, the medical missionary, who contracted the deadly disease while serving in Liberia. He, along with co-worker, Nancy Writebol, have been transported to Emory Medical Center in Atlanta where they are receiving treatment for the virus that has a 90% mortality rate. Continue reading
The Protestant reformer Martin Luther called it “the gospel in miniature.”
Biblical Commentator William Barclay wrote that it is “the very essence of the Gospel.”
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy stated, “This is the promise that bears hope for the hopeless.”
Gospel preacher, Robert Jackson, entitled it “The greatest sentence ever written.” Continue reading
While away in Florida earlier this month, I got out of the routine of watching the morning and evening shows that I typically watch. And since returning home, I’ve not gotten back into that habit.
Yesterday, I turned on one of the shows I like to watch, and it was still about the same old news I heard a month a ago! And a year ago! Much of it bad news! Negative news! Depressing news! Continue reading
This week I will be writing my posts from Trenton, Florida. I’m in a gospel meeting with the Trenton church of Christ. It is especially sweet since Trenton is Norma Jean’s home town. So, she is enjoying seeing her relatives and reconnecting with old friends.
I love coming to Gilchrist county. It’s a joy to preach the gospel here. They turn out for Gospel Meetings from all the other churches in the county. And they are very supportive and encouraging of gospel preaching.
As I reflect on preaching here, I am reminded of an old saying about the gospel by a 19th century preacher, Walter Scott. Continue reading