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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Eye for an Eye – Is the Bible Outdated? Part 1

In all of the hullabaloo in the aftermath over the Supreme Court’s decision to state Marriage Equality is a Constitutional Right, the Bible has come under attack. I have read several articles including several from pastors stating the Bible is outdated. It cannot be applied in a modern world. As one news reporter stated to a pastor, “Don’t you think it’s time that the Bible is dragged into modern times?” These attacks are centered around several passages. These attacks attempt to make people who believe the Bible is a word from God appear as foolish ignoramuses that do not know anything about the book they they claim to follow. I feel I need to respond to these criticisms to show that we Bible believers do in fact know a little about the good book.

This will be the first in a series of responses to these criticisms. Before I begin, I want to be clear on a few things. First, I know the Bible has been used a weapon against many, and Bible believers have used God’s word in very cruel ways. That is sin. I am not defending God’s word to sharpen my weapon against anyone or any group. I just want you to know why I do believe the Bible is a word from God and is not outdated for our “modern” times.

As you will see, most attacks on Scripture are pulled way out of context and used in ways that was never intended. By the way, Christians are just as good at pulling Scripture out of context too and using it for their ends instead of God’s.

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A Biblical Response to the Supreme Court Marriage Ruling – John 4:35

This is my sermon preached on the Sunday following the Supreme Court ruling on Marriage Equality. Upon re listening to this sermon, I say “we” and “us” quite a bit. When I say “we” and “us” I am referring to the Bible believing Christian church of which I belong and pastor.

For my written response to how I want my church to respond to this ruling, please read my article, One Plus One Plus…

How I want my church to respond to this ruling.

Sermon Text – John 4:35

Topic – Love, The Gospel, Evangelism, Sharing the Gospel, Witnessing

One Plus One Plus… – A Preacher’s Position on Responding to SCOTUS Decision on Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court in a 5 to 4 vote, ruled that same sex marriage is a constitutional right.  Before I dive into this vote and how I want my church to respond to this decision, let me share with you where I stand.  I believe the Bible is truly a word to us from God.  I believe the Bible clearly teaches that marriage is between a man and a woman.  I do not consider that belief to make me homophobic or bigoted toward the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered) community.  I have argued for years in my ministry that the majority Christian treatment of the LGBT community is sinful.  Read my article on Caitlyn Jenner, or on the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, or on Vanessa Collier’s Funeral.  I believe whole heartedly that Christians should show compassion and dare I say, friendship to the LGBT community and its supporters.  Compassion and friendship can happen without agreeing with a lifestyle or decision.  I know there are many that love and care for me that do not agree with my variety of Christianity.  Disagreement does not mean we have to fight.

Now, I want to discuss this seismic decision…or is it?  Same sex marriage has been legal in numerous states.  Same sex unions have enjoyed federal tax benefits for a while now.  I do not think this decision is as earth shattering in American culture as it first appears.  I think it is clear that the Supreme Court just sided with the political wind of the day.  The only massive change I see coming from this decision is on local court judges that may be forced to perform same sex marriages, but if you are not a judge, what really changed?

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Pineapples – A Preacher’s Position on the Confederate Flag

One thing I find fascinating is how one story occurs, and how people quickly use it to push an agenda that is completely unrelated.  The Charleston Church shooting happens and people against guns use this story for gun control.  Others have used it to rally against the Confederate Flag.  Even though I am addressing the Confederate Flag debate because it is in the news, I want it to be known the Church Shooting and the Confederate Flag are related tenuously at best.  The removal of the Confederate Flag will not address the deep divide of racism in our Country that I discussed in the previous article Long Division.  But the Confederate Flag debate is one worth having, upon which I have an opinion.

First this is our problem because our ancestors didn’t address it.  In the 1860’s, the Confederate Flag absolutely symbolized an act of disunion and aggression against the United States of America.  It was the Confederates that fired the first shots of the American Civil War in Fort Sumter, South Carolina.  If the United States were wise, the Confederate Flag would have be removed from American culture beginning on April 10th 1865 when it clearly was a symbol that stood firmly against the United States of America.  This should be a lesson to us all.  Do not pass the buck when facing issues because then they only become more difficult and complicated to deal with later.  You remove the tick before it digs deep.

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Long Division – A Preacher’s Position on the Charleston Church Shooting

A white kid, that owned a jacket with an apartheid South African flag on it, walked into a historic black church in Charleston with a long history of civil rights activism, shot and killed nine worshipers.  This is more than a tragedy.  This is racial hatred on a level that should not exist in the United States of America.  We are a developed country.  We are the land of the free, and the home of the brave.  We should be better than this.  When, I read of this unspeakable act that follows a long history of unspeakable acts, I have come to three conclusions.

First, we have a serious and significant racial divide in our country.  We need to stop ignoring that fact.   I am tired of hearing racism is “better than it use to be.”  Um, we are nation that just a few decades ago had “colored” water fountains that were lower than the white folk’s, so the negro would be demeaned by having to bend over more.  Saying we are better is not saying much at all.  It would be like me saying, I beat my wife twice a week last year, but now, I only beat her twice a month.  I’m better guys…I am better.  Better is a far cry from good!

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Radio Show 27: The Gospel According to…Earlobes

Radio Show Episode 27 for WNEG 630 AM Toccoa Georgia.

Devotion: Romans 2:29, Real Christianity, Holiness, Righteousness, Purity,

Music: Corey Philips

Tune in each week to hear us live at 8:15 am on WNEG 630 AM

The Wrong Passion – A Preacher’s Position on the Pledge of Allegience & 10 Commandments

Recently a New Jersey  judge ruled that the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Alligence does not violate the rights of athiests or other groups.  This follows a similar rulling last year in Massachusetts. I have heard folks sing the praises of these judges, standing up for the “traditional Christian values” of America.  Then, in my home state, the public display of 10 Commandments are under fire.  They are coming down across the state.  Earlier this year, an elemetary school in Valdosta removed its 10 Commandment display.

It is safe to say that the fight to keep “under God” and allow the public display of the 10 commandments in America has captured the American Christian churches attention.  There are petitions, websites, news hours, speaches, and endless debate on the topic throughout television and the internet.  I have heard numerous good hearted Chrsitians working tirelessly on these issues.  Christians have focused a tremendous amount of time, energy, and effort to keep the pledge, schools, and court houses Christian.  As I see all of this effort, fight, struggle, resources, and money, used by Christians to fight for the Pledge and the 10 Commandments, I am left with one over riding thought…

What if we cared as much about our neighbor being “under God” as we do the Pledge of Allegiance?

What if we cared as much about our co-worker’s life displaying the 10 commandments as our local court house?

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