Outside the Walls: Churchy Words — Use Sparingly

Megan looked intently at the picture I was drawing as I explained the gospel to her. Two lines were drawn, with GOD written on one side, MAN on the other and SIN in the middle. I talked about “asking Jesus into her heart” and drew a cross over the area labeled SIN, showing that Jesus […]

Pastor to Pastor: Preach the Word

Second Timothy is a record of the Apostle Paul writing to encourage and advise his young “son in the ministry,” Timothy, on being a minister of the gospel. Paul understands that he very well may be facing his last days on this earth, and so this is an important letter to his young protégé. The […]

What Is the Gospel?

In our culture today, we have many varying and mixed messages as to the definition or content of the gospel. These messages come at us from scores of sources such as television, newspapers, magazines, social media, the Internet and even highway billboards. For some, the essence of the gospel is “don’t smoke,” “don’t drink alcohol,” […]

Christian Worldview and Apologetics: What about those other gospels?

As Easter season approaches, television networks seem sure to roll out their annual programs that revisit the question: What really happened to Jesus? The question rests on the sneaky assumption that the bodily resurrection of a historical figure is too unlikely — even implausible — so there must be another explanation. Finding that other explanation, […]

The Exclusive, Inclusive Gospel

The gospel (“good tidings,” or “good news”) is an exclusive message because it heralds Jesus Christ as the only way to God (John 14:6). It is inclusive because, as Romans 10:13 says, “Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.” There are several good definitions of the gospel. They vary, but […]

Outside the Walls: Color Outside the Lines

Did Adam have a belly button? Where did Cain get his wife? And exactly where was Lazarus before he came back to life? How do I find my life by losing it, how can the first be last? These are a few things I would like to ask. God, if you’re the same as Jesus, […]

Baucham: Believing the Bible is a matter of reason

When it comes to believing what the Bible says, it isn’t necessary to accept it just on blind faith, says Voddie Baucham. “The fact that we have a Bible mitigates against the idea of blind faith,” says Baucham, a noted Christian apologist, author, conference speaker and pastor of preaching at Grace Family Baptist Church in […]

Letter: SCBC should ‘stand strongly against’ Noble’s teachings

I have been following the controversy regarding Mr. Perry Noble of NewSpring Church, most recently related to his reinterpretation of the Ten Commandments. I have also read South Carolina Baptist Convention president Tommy Kelly’s gently worded letter reminding all ministers to regard their ministries as sacred trusts and their testimonies for Him as His called […]

On Sanctity of Life issues, Jesus on the Scene Changes Things

Every year, millions recognize the third Sunday in January as “Sanctity of Life” Sunday. The abortion issue is always a hotly debated subject, and considering all that is at stake, it should be. For the Christ-follower, Jesus has changed us. This change must have the greatest impact on both what we believe and how we […]