An Ungrateful Murmuring

"And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!" Numbers 14:2 After the Israelite spies came back from the Promised Land, ten of them warned … Continue reading An Ungrateful Murmuring

A Letter to my Baptist Brothers

There appears to be growing tension between two factions of Baptists that are increasingly at odds with one another. Neither side really accepts a label, and these labels are problematic. For the sake of clarity, they might be called Independent Fundamental (conservative) and New or Neo-Independent Baptists (more liberal). I have personal relationships with good … Continue reading A Letter to my Baptist Brothers

Negotiating with God

“And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.”‭‭Genesis‬ ‭18:32‬ This passage fascinates me because It appears we can negotiate with God, as Abraham negotiated from finding 50 down … Continue reading Negotiating with God

Is Behemoth a Dinosaur?

Behemoth and Leviathan are beasts that are often used by “young earth” creationists (those who reject the Gap and believe that the universe and all that is in it were created about 6,000 years ago) to argue that there are dinosaurs in the Bible. By showing that dinosaurs existed alongside man, they attempt to refute … Continue reading Is Behemoth a Dinosaur?

The Problem of Double-Mindedness

“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”‭‭James‬ ‭1:8‬ This is true in so many ways. Indecisiveness about simple things like what to wear to work or what to eat for dinner can be problematic. This might lead to issues making larger decisions regarding what church to attend or how to deal with … Continue reading The Problem of Double-Mindedness

He Wears the Universe

"And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail." Hebrews 1:12 This verse is talking about the universe, including the heavens and earth (verse 10). God wears the universe like clothing (a vesture), and He will change them and … Continue reading He Wears the Universe

When the Building Falls

2 Corinthians 5:1 "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." I believe wholeheartedly that if my church building crumbled tomorrow, we would meet in a field somewhere. That is because we have become … Continue reading When the Building Falls

Become All Things for God

1 Corinthians 9:20 "And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, … Continue reading Become All Things for God

Knowing the Unknown God

Acts 17:23 "For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, To The Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you." The Greeks and Romans were polytheists - as were many ancient cultures. However, they still had room for a "god" that they did … Continue reading Knowing the Unknown God

Eliminating Differences

Acts 15:9 "And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith." "Us" are the Jews and "them" are the Gentiles. Peter is saying that when "we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they" (verse 11). Salvation eliminates our social, racial, gender, … Continue reading Eliminating Differences