Worldview: Why Christians No Longer Follow Certain Old Testament Commandments

Non-Christians sometimes accuse Christians of being inconsistent because they don’t obey certain Old Testament commandments. For example, the Old Testament commands believers to circumcise all male children (Genesis 17:9-14), to offer animal sacrifices (Leviticus 7:1-6) and to refrain from eating various kinds of animals (Leviticus 11). However, few Christians today worry about obeying these commands. […]

Kingdom Focus: The 3 M’s of Leadership

One of the most powerful memories I have of the Army involves standing in a chow line with other officers waiting for our enlisted soldiers to get their food. The reason we stood in line rather than going ahead of our soldiers related directly to the three M’s of leadership taught to us in our […]

Comic Belief: Your Resignation Has Been Accepted

We get into lots of problems when we try to control the world. We also waste a lot of energy on things we can’t control. You can devise a great strategy and even pray all night that the sun will not come up, but it will. When the north wind blows, you can say and […]

The Old Testament still counts

Marcion of Sinope lived in the second century during some of the most formative years of the early church. The son of a bishop, he was also active as a teacher in the region of Asia Minor. In AD 144, Marcion parted ways with the Christian community by starting his own movement; by doing so, […]

What Is Progressive Revelation?

One of the things Baptists believe is progressive revelation. But what does it mean? Foundationally, it refers to how God chose to reveal His Word to us over a period of time until the canon of Scripture was complete. Michael Bryant, dean of the School of Christian Studies at Charleston Southern University, offers a concise […]

Viewpoint: Make Your Church Adoption-Friendly

When I pastored Highview Baptist in Louisville, my friend David Melber and his wife, Tera, started a “Considering Adoption” class for couples in our church. It ran for five weeks and became so popular that we offered it twice each year. Not everyone who took the class ultimately decided to adopt, but the class became […]

Outside the Walls: Too Easily Distracted

A man is designed to take on but one task at a time. My wife should have used better judgment when she asked me to watch my 3-year-old while I was grilling. I did what most men would do: I delegated the task to my oldest son, Caden. Several minutes went by as I grilled […]

Why I Can’t Sit This One Out

On March 18, 2015, my daughter Savannah and I testified before a subcommittee of the South Carolina State Senate on a bill being prepared for a vote in session. The bill is called H 3114, the Pain Capable Infant Protection Act, and can be read here: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/sess121_2015-2016/bills/3114.htm. In a nutshell, the Pain Capable bill would […]

Finishing the Race: God’s Got My Back

It’s 2015 and I am 14 and in the eighth grade, and that’s a struggle on its own, with the zits and the fitting in and all of that junk. But if you think that’s tough, add in the fact that I’m the only person in the school who has to worry about getting a […]