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
The Following Sermon was delivered by Charles Spurgeon on January 1, 1893. “But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD. PSALM 115:18. IT has been truly said that, if the members of our churches were in a right condition of heart, the work of the pastor towards … Continue reading “But We Will Bless the LORD..” A Sermon from Charles Spurgeon to Kick Off your New Year.
One of my favorite teachers in the history of the church, is the puritan Jonathan Edwards, considered by many to be the greatest American theologian who ever lived. Many of his works have radically changed my life, and gave me a greater and deeper love and understanding of the Scriptures. But perhaps his most influential writing on … Continue reading Christians, This New Year Resolve to Live in Light of Eternity
"Amazing grace, how sweet the sound..." So begins one of the most beloved hymns of all times, a staple in the hymnals of many denominations, New Britain or "45 on the top" in Sacred Harp. The author of the words was John Newton, the self-proclaimed wretch who once was lost but then was found, saved … Continue reading John Newton: Reflecting on a Life Transformed by Amazing Grace
John 18:37-38a - Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate said … Continue reading What is Truth – The Dangers of Relativism and the Need for Objective Truth
In the 110 minutes of the attack on Pearl Harbor, our forces suffered 2,403 killed in action, 1,178 wounded in action, 640 that were never accounted for; plus, 188 planes lost, 158 damaged, and every battleship of the Pacific Fleet, eight, crippled or sunk, plus other ships. Roosevelt, who was never at a loss for … Continue reading Ministering in the Midst of Hell: The Chaplains at Pearl Harbor
On October 3rd 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Day Proclamation which would set the last Thursday of every November as an official holiday of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders similar to this. For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving. … Continue reading The Thanksgiving Day Proclamation of 1863.
The New Perspective of Paul popularized by E.P. Sanders and even more notably N.T. Wright claims that in light of the discovery of literature written during the period of 2nd Temple Judaism, it has become clear that Luther and the Reformers were wrong in their interpretation of Paul’s teaching on the doctrine of justification. My … Continue reading Defending Justification by Faith: A Critique of New Perspectivism.
The Protestant Reformation was a widespread theological revolt in Europe against the abuses and totalitarian control of the Roman Catholic Church. Reformers such as Martin Luther in Germany, Ulrich Zwingli in Switzerland, and John Calvin in France protested various unbiblical practices of the Catholic Church and promoted a return to sound biblical doctrine. The … Continue reading The Reformation and Its Five Solas
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us. - Hebrews 12:1 There is not a single person that should be unaware of history because we can … Continue reading Lott Carey – Driven by the Gospel