A proper study of Systematic Theology will also show you what matters most and what matters least. While we must seek to obey all doctrines of the Bible, I cannot cooperate with someone believing in works-based salvation or that Jesus was created. Read More »
We must defend the Gospel at all costs. Eternal destinies depend upon it.
I want to discuss a couple of false teachings today that pervert the Gospel and leave people destined for a hopeless eternity. The first and perhaps most important would be works-based salvation. Read More »
The Gospel doesn’t need you. You need the Gospel.
So don’t misunderstand me. We don’t study because the Gospel is weak. We study because we have been commanded to defend the Gospel. When presented in the power of the Holy Spirit, the Gospel is powerful. Consider our responsibility in Jude 3-4: Read More »
- bag of candy…check
- deflated soccer ball…check
- Polaroid Instant Camera…check.
You are ready to go. You’re going to impress everyone with your knowledge of how to draw a crowd in those African villages. Between your instant photos in villages that don’t think you are stealing their souls and your bags of candy, you’re about to become a rock star. Read More »
Jesus—the Sunday School answer to every question in church, right? You know who Jesus is. Jesus is “your homeboy.” Well if you think so, then you need to continue reading. Homeboys don’t command obedience, and the Bible calls us slaves to Christ, but you are not a slave to your homeboy. Read More »
Jesus commanded His disciples and now commands us in Matt. 28:19-20,
Matt. 28-19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Read More »
In order to test our theory that studying Systematic Theology will help us know God better, let’s take a look at the doctrine of the Trinity. Read More »
In Matthew 22, the Pharisees asked Jesus a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus’ answer is recorded in Matt 22:37-38:
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (ESV) Read More »
Can we truly understand God? No…and yes.
As sinful men and women, even our logic has suffered the effects of sin. We cannot expect to completely understand a God that lies beyond our comprehension; however, the God who created us also revealed Himself to us. Because of both general revelation in creation and special revelation in God’s written Word, we can a great deal about God. Read More »
How could something so simple be so complex?
For Christmas, my daughter received the Mega Bloks Power Rangers Samurai HQ Battle set. One box, one nice picture but open it up to find 518 small Lego-like pieces with a whole lot of assembly required. The directions contained over seventy steps each with multiple items to put into the right place. I’ve seen online classes with less content. We spent about three hours together building this set, and I loved every minute of it. Every time I picked up one of those little pieces, I tried to envision how that piece fit into the big picture. The little pieces actually built four larger structures, which then fit together seamlessly to make the one whole. And of course along the way, I found the need to customize the way the fighting surface attached to the wall to make it more secure. Read More »
Editor’s Note: This article first appeared on the blog of Dr. Thomas White, vice president for student services and communications at Southwestern Seminary.
In the wake of Kansas City Chief’s linebacker Jovan Belcher’s murder-suicide Saturday, Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock wrote, “How many young people have to die senselessly? How many lives have to be ruined before we realize the right to bear arms doesn’t protect us from a government equipped with stealth bombers, predator drones, tanks and nuclear weapons?” Whitlock and many others have decided to blame guns for tragedies like this one; however, I don’t hear the same outrage over alcohol when a drunk driver kills someone on the roads. Guns are not the problem. Read More »
Note: This post is part six in a six-part series on how the book of Jude demonstrates qualities of a good sermon. Read More »
Note: This post is part five in a six-part series on how the book of Jude demonstrates qualities of a good sermon. Read More »
Note: This post is part four in a six-part series on how the book of Jude demonstrates qualities of a good sermon. Read More »
Note: This post is part three in a six-part series on how the book of Jude demonstrates qualities of a good sermon. Read More »
With all the television publicity over Karen King’s recent release of information about the fragment of “Jesus’ wife,” pastors will likely receive questions from members this weekend or in the near future. For us, there will be two main questions. First, was Jesus married and does it matter. Second, what does “she will be able to be my disciple” mean in the discussion over proper women’s roles. Last night the news interviewed me on the matter. Since I had to do a little research I thought I would share it with you. If you know me well, then you know I am just a simple country boy so here is a Southern Fried guide to the fragment of “Jesus’ wife.” Read More »
Note: This post is part two in a six-part series on how the book of Jude demonstrates qualities of a good sermon. Read More »
Note: This post is part one in a six-part series on how the book of Jude demonstrates qualities of a good sermon. Read More »