Did early Christians read Scripture privately?

Did Christians in the first few centuries of the church read Scripture regularly outside the formal worship gathering? While this might seem like a straightforward question, the historical complexities of the ancient literary culture make it notoriously diffic... Read More »

A ‘Miracle Cure’ for Marital Strife

Turn on your TV. Find your favorite channel. Wait a moment, and you will be confronted with an ad that offers an immediate miracle solution to a nagging problem. Whether you need a perfect pan for your cooking woes, an unkinkable hose for your garden gloom, or... Read More »

4 Common Myths of Christians Rationalizing Cohabiting

In 2016, approximately 18 million adults in the U.S. were in cohabiting relationships. This represents a 27 percent increase since 2007. While more than half of cohabiters are under 35 years old, the increase is more significant among those older than 50. This... Read More »

Great Commission Preaching: How Matthew 28 Should Influence Preaching

Immigration, border security and citizen safety currently constitute one of the hottest issues in the American political scene. Certainly, no one can deny that this discussion was a major part of the rhetoric surrounding our last presidential election. Voices ... Read More »

The changing face of American culture and the priority of text-driven preaching

The only real constants in life are death and taxes. This old adage in the life of American culture reflects the sentiment that some things never change and some things are always changing. For example, those who are 60 years of age or older will vividly remem... Read More »

Teenagers: In Vogue vs. In Christ

Teen Vogue, a magazine targeting 11- to 17-year-olds girls, recently published a how-to article instructing teens how to perform anal sex. This article is on the heels of a recent article on how to masturbate if you are a male and a similar article on how to m... Read More »

Four Facts about American Revival Theology

Revivals are sometimes said to be a thing of the past, a holdover from an earlier era of the church that is no longer practical in our postmodern age. Well, the last time I checked, God is still in the business of converting souls, whether it be one at a time ... Read More »

Should churches promote high self-esteem?

Let us consider for a moment how popular it has become to promote a positive self-image, to affirm personal identity in self, and to uplift confidence in one’s own ability. Better yet, let us consider how popular this has become specifically among believers.... Read More »

The Speech of Freedom

Today is Independence Day, one of the most celebrated American holidays. This day marks our freedom as a nation secured 241 years ago. Perhaps you will celebrate this freedom today at a parade, park, backyard barbeque, beach, ball game, or somewhere else of yo... Read More »

The Superb Right and Tragic Wrong of the SBC Alt-Right Resolution

Never is it wrong to state a firm case for racial justice in America. If racism continues to be problematic the world over; at least not in America, and certainly not in the SBC, should we ever tolerate the raising of the ugly head of injustice or the unkindne... Read More »