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
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.