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A Dangerous Lie – A Preacher’s Position on Humanity

IMG_7154While channel surfing recently an interesting coalescing of several stories all struck the same note causing me to realize there is a grand lie that society has quietly accepted leading us toward disaster. First, a political commercial had a gentleman sharing his political platform of free choice for the people saying, “my platform will work because people are by nature good.” Second, on a news debate a group of people, not the ones you imagine, were defending their way of life by saying we were “born this way,” and lastly, I flipped over to listen for a moment to an impassioned preacher exhorting his flock to “be you” and let the power of “I” help you reach new heights in your life. These three ideas are all fruit of a rotten tree. Each of these ideas affirm people are by nature fundamentally good.

The idea that people are inherently good is a devious and dastardly lie preventing us from personal and societal transformation and growth.

I know what some of you are thinking. How dare this self righteous preacher tell me or anyone else that they are not good! How dare he declare someone is a sinner! It must be nice for him to be perfect! Let me counter by saying, I was a broken, horrific sinner that needed salvation and to be repaired. I am still a man that struggles with sin and temptation, and I am still in need of personal growth. I am not even remotely close to o.k. with who I am. I want and need to be better.

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The Wrong Target – A Preacher’s Position on Georgia’s RFRA Bill

IMG_7154With all of the politcal debate raging, I have reached the point where I hate the term “right(s)” with the rage of a hundred erupting volcanos. We have a “right” to refuse service. We have a “right” to marry. We have a “right” to tuition money. We have a “right” to healthcare. We have a “right” to practice our faith. It has become the word to scream when you want to get your way. I want to live this way, so I just yell, “This choice is my RIGHT!” It is played like a trump card to win the argument, but it has become a wall that has killed all profitable discussion. When I hear someone state, “We have a right,” it is like my toddler who throws himself to the ground screaming and crying because he didn’t get a second cookie. It has become nothing more than frustrating noise.

We are so engroseed in getting our way that we are ignoring the political and social discussion we desperately need to be having. Take my home state of Gerogia for example. I love my state. There are numerous reasons why Ray Charles had Georgia and not Michigan on his mind, and currently, we are in the national news for the politcal debate regarding Senate Bill 129, Georgia’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. You can read the current bill here that has passed and is awaiting the Govenror’s signature or veto. The bill’s purpose, according to those that passed it, is to protect people from having to compromise their personal faith. According to it’s detractors, it is legalized discrimination.

Both sides are throwing around the term “right,” right and left. Churches are saying we have a right to say no to outside groups wanting to use our facilities based on our beliefs. Individuals are saying we have a right of access to a business services. Businesses are saying they have a right to refuse service, and basically, we are ignoring the discussion we need to have.

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I Am A Moron – A Preacher’s Position on Refugees 2

imageI saw this meme with a picture of Jeff Foxworthy saying, “If you think it’s a good idea to bring in refugees who hate your country, your religion, and your culture…you might be a moron!”  This meme made me feel the need to address this mindset and discuss Syrian refugees again.  First, there is absolutely zero evidence that Jeff Foxworthy ever made this statement, and I doubt he did esspecially since he didn’t say what has been attributed to him about Muslims.  Now, as a lover of history, let’s allow some facts to help shape our opinions.

First, there are many Muslims in Syria.  That is true, but are you aware that Syria is one of the most ancient seats of Christianity.  Much of the foundation of Christianity was laid in what is modern day Syria and the surounding area.  They have loved Christ for a millennia and a half before America was discovered.

The Syriac Orthodox Church has been active from the earliest stages of Christianity.  There is evidence that several books of the bible were written in and around modern day Syria such as Matthew and Luke.  The Apostle Paul gave his life to Jesus in Syria.  Also, there are other early significant Christian writings from the Syrian area such as the Didache, Gospel of Thomas, and the Diatessaron.  In fact, the Diatessaron is quite possibly the earliest translation of the Gospels (that were written in Greek) into the common language of the people, Syriac, in the 2nd century.  To put that into some context, the Western Church strangled William Tyndale to death and then burned his body for translating the bible into English, the language of his people, in the 16th century because they did not want commoners to be reading the bible.

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Unignorable 4 – The Father: Holy

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The Father: Holy

This is our series on how to experience personal revival and bring revival to your church and beyond. We  begin our journey toward revival by learning about the Reviver.  We begin by examining the Father’s holiness.

Verses:  Exodus 15:11, Hosea 11:9, 1 Samuel 2:2, Habakkuk 1:13, James 1:13, Job 34:12, Matthew 5:48, Psalms 99:3, Psalms 71:22, Psalms 78:41, Psalms 89:18, Exodus 3, Exodus 19, Exodus 40:34, 1 Kings 8:10-11, Exodus 19:6, Isaiah 6

Unignorable 3 – The Enemies of Revival: Adversaries

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The Enemies of Revival: Adversaries

This is our series on how to experience personal revival and bring revival to your church and beyond. We continue to examine the enemies of revival as we look at our adversaries.  We have adversaries that attack us in an attempt to cause us to sin and disrupt our relationship with God.  This prevents revival from coming in our life and prevents us from bringing revival into the lives of others.  We must fight our adversaries.

Verses: Ephesians 6:10-17, John 10:10, Genesis 3:1-7, Daniel 3, Acts 21:27-35, Matthew 4:1-11, Psalms 91:11-12, Job

Unignorable 2 – The Enemies of Revival: The World

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The Enemies of Revival: The World

This is our series on how to experience personal revival and bring revival to your church and beyond. We continue to examine the enemies of revival as we look at the world.  We examine how the world teaches a law contrary to that of the good moral law of God.  Then, exerts pressure to get us to abandon God’s word.

Verses: 1 John 2:15, John 17:14, John 18:36, Romans 12:2, John 15:18-23, James 4:4, 1 John 2:17, Revelation 21:1, John 17:16, 1 John 4:4

Unignorable 1 – The Enemies of Revival: Sin

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The Enemies of Revival: Sin

This begins a series on how to experience personal revival and bring revival to your church and beyond.  We begin by examining our need for revival.  Then we discuss the enemies of revival beginning with sin.  We examine how sin prevents revival and brings destruction into our own lives and the lives of others.

Verses: 1 John 3:4, 1 Timothy 1:8, Romans 7:12, Psalms 19:7, Romans 5:12, Genesis 3, Isaiah 59:2, John 8:34, Matthew 7:13-14, Matthew 24:41, Romans 6:12-13

Eenie Meenie Miney Mo – A Preacher’s Position on Voting “Christian”

IMG_7154With election season heating up, I was asked the other day how do we vote “Christian?”   I think this is a fear by many Christians who do not want to vote in a way that displeases God.  I also think this is a weapon that other Christians use to swing to get people  to vote how they want.  I thought I would take some time and address this issue, and my hope above hopes for this piece is that it will get you excited and interested enough in politics that you will first and foremost get out and vote.  Our lack of voter turn out in this country is appalling, so I want to encourage you to get involved and vote.  It is a awesome power that we are able to wield, so go wield it.

There are two extremes I hope you will avoid in politics.  The first extreme is neutrality.  There are plenty of Christians that do not get involved in any way in politics like politics and religion cannot cross paths at all.  These Christians do not vote, do not campaign, do not debate politics in any way.  Just know, Jesus was quite politically active.  He discussed taxes on a least two ocossians, political loyalty, temple politics, marriage and divorce (which were matters of law even back then), and more.  In the gospels, when Jesus is questioned by a religious leader or a scribe, it is often more of a political question than a religious one.  Who is my neighbor? What is the greatest commandment?  Do we pay taxes to Rome?  What do we do with people caught breaking religious law?  Questions regarding Jesus’ actions on the Sabbath?  All of these questions had political implications, involving Roman/Jewish relations along side the religious ones, and Jesus did not shy away from them.  He was politically active.

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Why I’m Southern Baptist 2 – It’s About The Shoes

IMG_7154A few weeks ago, I shared about all the different religious choices around us every day, and I gave one reason that my family chooses to be Southern Baptist in the larger Christian faith.  I am back to share another reason my wife and I choose to be Southern Baptist, and it has to do with writing. I like books.  I like to read, and one of my favorite pastimes is talking with authors.  I am fascinating with how story is created.

In my passionate enjoyment of stories and their creation, I have gotten to speak to some amazing authors.  Spending time in writing and reading circles, I have, also, met a peculiar type of person.  I have met some quirky people that introduce themselves as “a writer.”  Myself being immediately intrigued by that claim begins to ask questions, and I am shocked by their answers.  What have you published?  Nothing yet.  Who have you submitted your story too?  No one yet.   Can I read your story?  It’s not finished. I’m busy with my other job.  What genre are you exploring?  I haven’t narrowed it down yet.  What do you have?  I have a great title!  After a few questions, I realize that they are actually an “aspiring” writers, not an actual writer, and many are actually aspiring to be an aspiring writer!  Then, I have a chuckle.  They claim to be a writer, but they do not do what a writer does, namely write and complete stories.

Isn’t this one of the major world complaints toward Christians?  Christians do not act like Christ.  Christian do not live what they preach.  Christians like to put on the title of Christian more than they want to put in the work and service of being a Christian just like those so called writers do not want to put in the incredible effort to craft a captivating story.  Just like I said in my latest article on why I am a Southern Baptist, you can tell a lot about a church by how they spend their money, you also can tell a lot about a church by how they spend their time.  Do they just say they are Chrsitians or do they put in the great effort to live it?  I believe Southern Baptist churches work hard to live out their faith.  They claim to be Christian, and they do what Christians should be doing.

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