Sound Doctrine: Endangered Species, Essential Structure

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All a man, a church or a denomination needs to guarantee deterioration of doctrine is to take everything for granted and do nothing. The unattended garden will soon be overrun with weeds.  -A.W. Tozer I once heard a wise Rabbi say, “It’s no mystery how things happen. They’re allowed to happen, that’s how.” Continue Reading

“Tear Down This Wall”

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Walls work both ways. Some keep enemies out, guarding the freedom and safety of the citizens, while others make captives out of free men. The difference is in the purpose. One wall protects; the other enslaves, and the contrast between a fortress and a prison is a mighty big one. So it was with real joy that we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s demise yesterday. Erected in 1961 and intact until 1989, it prevented East Germans from leaving their Communist society, while claiming to protect the very people it imprisoned. Continue Reading

I Was Born Again This Way


“And having been set free from sin you became slaves of righteousness.” -Romans 6:18 Pop singer Lady Gaga made a huge splash with a dance single extolling the virtues of self-love, self-congratulations and general self-celebration in her song Born This Way. The lyrics proclaim that whatever we are must be good simply because it is, so God must have intended it. There’s plenty of room for theological debate right there, in light of scripture’s clear explanation of our fallen nature, but never mind. A primary point the Lady makes is that birth Continue Reading

Hungry Like the Wolf


“Strut on a line, it's discord and rhyme, I howl and I whine I'm after you Mouth is alive all running inside and I'm hungry Like the wolf” - Duran Duran, “Hungry Like the Wolf”   Does anyone call men “wolves” anymore? Continue Reading

The Stepford Syndrome

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The power of porn may not just be its explicit content. It may also be its capacity to take the viewer into another world, a place where bodies and people are perfect, where imaginary lovers comply with every wish, and where the scene created perfectly matches the deepest desires of the viewer. It’s a perfect and perfectly destructive world, and it’s the stuff both horror and heartbreak are made of. Continue Reading

The Greater Condemnation


My brethren, be not many teachers, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. - James 3:1 James didn’t write a very nice book. In fact, apart from Proverbs, I think his epistle’s the biggest “kick in the butt” you’ll find in all of scripture. He gets right to the point: Don’t whine when life’s hard, give yourself no excuses for sin, abhor double-mindedness, shut up and listen, keep your cool, don’t get greedy, don’t kid yourself. And that’s just Chapter One. So whenever I read James, instead of saying “Amen”, I feel like Continue Reading

Point Man


“Every relationship that has hit a crossroads has asked, ‘What is it that you want from me?’” ― Shannon L. Alder           Guys talk a lot about making points with their ladies. Continue Reading

Hunger versus Craving – Big Difference!

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If you’ve ever dieted, you know the difference between your hunger and your appetite. Continue Reading

A Desolate Epitaph


Every Thursday I’ll post an article having to do with either relational or emotional matters. Hope it helps. — A Desolate Epitaph “He passed away, to no one's regret --- ”(NIV) - II Chronicles 21:20 King Jehoram’s history could hardly have been uglier. First born son of righteous King Jehoshaphat, he had all his brothers killed when he took the throne, grabbed Ahab’s daughter for a wife, established and then sanctioned national idolatry, and, as the text states in general, “did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.” (II Continue Reading

Three Reasons I Honestly Thank God for the Struggle


Every Monday we’ll post something to do with maintaining sexual purity. Hope it helps. — Three Reasons I Honestly Thank God for the Struggle “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” - I Thessalonians 5:18 I’m a Christian man who wrestles, on a fairly regular basis, with sexual temptation. That hardly puts me in a special category and, in fact, makes me nothing more than the average Joe. Those temptations don’t come because of deficits in my life, since I’m married to a wonderful and Continue Reading