The most penetrating and devastating definition of sin that I am aware of in Scripture is the last part of Romans 14:23: "Whatever is not from faith is sin." The reason it is penetrating is that it goes to the root of all sinful actions and attitudes, namely, the failure to trust God. And the … Continue reading What is Sin?
Job 3:11 - Why did I not die at birth, come out from the womb and expire? Job's friends had arrived to console him (Job 2:11-13).. They evidently lived in neighboring regions. The fact that they met by appointment shows that they were already acquaintances who felt it would be better to come together. There is no … Continue reading Job 3 and the Picture of Existential Suffering
Ezekiel 22:29-30 The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the sojourner without justice. And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should … Continue reading Men of God…Stand in the Breach
Before and during the Revolutionary War, Christian faith played a political role for patriots on two levels. It contributed to the content of the period’s dominant political ideology, and it was a significant force in the actual outworking of the war. Most significant was the relationship between the Puritan tradition, which was evolving into a … Continue reading The Role of the Christian Faith in Driving the American Revolution
Photo from the U.S. National Archives. The Civil War redefined perceptions of the Christian Faith in America. In simplest terms, the sectional strife presented a nearly irresistible temptation to express Christianity in terms of a particular region and its principles. The process seemed to move irresistibly. The divisions among Presbyterians, Baptists, and Methodists from the … Continue reading Redefining Perceptions of Faith: Civil Religion and Biblical Exploitation in the American Civil War
Adoniram Judson was born in 1788, the son of a devout Congregationalist minister. From early in life he excelled in everything he touched. So excellent was young Judson's scholarship that he was enrolled at Rhode Island Christian College at the age of 16. Unlike many other missionaries, Adoniram did not have an early call from … Continue reading He took the Wondrous Story of Jesus to Burma: Adoniram Judson (1788-1850)
Like I did last year, I want to give you a list of books that I would recommend reading for the year of 2020. Many of these books are directly related to where our church is heading in our vision and direction, however there is much that can be gleaned from these readings by all … Continue reading My 2020 Recommended Reading List