Archives / 2013 / March

Running with Endurance – a sermon on Hebrews chapter twelve (Pt. 1)

In my next several posts, I’d like to share parts of a chapel message that I delivered recently at a college in the US. The message was entitled ‘Run with Endurance, Looking to Jesus’, and was based on Hebrews 12.1-2: ‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that... »

Restoring Apologetics to Evangelism

To open my presence here, I’m posting I have a series of commentaries to offer on the process of modern evangelism and its relation (or rather, in practice, lack thereof) to apologetics. This was previously posted on one of my own blogs, but makes for a good start here as well. We’ll begin with a thesis that I want to not only rock the boat with, but perhaps sink it as well: Personal testimo... »

Explaining Away Religious Disagreement: Part II

… in continuation from part one… This shoddiness magnetism is apparently strong enough to draw in folks from every position on the matter of religion. Every side in the debate is implicated; no side has the shoddiness high-ground. We see shoddy explanations offered by both Christians and atheists (I mention these two groups only because they serve as good examples, not because they are... »

When Youth Aren’t Prepared

Are the youth at your church ready? Let’s talk about it on Deeper Waters. If you’re a youth pastor, I strongly urge you to listen to this post. If you are a parent of youth, I urge you to listen. We often say the children are the future of our country. That is correct. They are also the future of Christianity in our country and we need to be reaching them. We are not. Statistics are showing that a... »

What Must Be Shown

What is required to give the good news to someone? Let’s talk about it on Deeper Waters. Recently, I’ve been given a column in the local newspaper here in Knoxville, that will be a monthly feature. It’s not much of a shock that when it is published, all the trolls come out to play. A friend on Facebook had recommended I not check the comments but personally, the comments are a good deal of fun! It... »

How Would Jesus Vote?

Is Jesus A Republican or a Democrat? Let’s talk about it on Deeper Waters. I recently had a column printed in the local newspaper. It was one based on an idea I’ve blogged about earlier in saying the gospels should be read as political campaigns, an idea you can read about here. The person responded saying Jesus is neither a Republican or a Democrat. That lest me convinced the column had not been ... »

Malachy and Modern End Times Hysteria

Is there cause for alarm with a new Pope? Let’s talk about it on Deeper Waters. At the start, let me state that I am a Protestant. Furthermore, I am an orthodox Preterist in my eschatology, so if you asked me if the new Pope was the Antichrist, I would say he is obviously not. Whether he is antichrist (With a little a) or not is a different matter, but no. I do not see him as a great end-times fig... »

Explaining Away Religious Disagreement Part I

There is an instinct within most all of us to attempt to explain away the fact that folks of seemingly sound judgment hold positions contrary to our own. This is especially prevalent, it seems, when the positions in question are ones of central existential importance – religion being perhaps the most obvious example. I am sure that readers of RCA are well-acquainted with this peculiar phenom... »

The Gift of Creation

Why is there so much in our world? Let’s talk about it on Deeper Waters! Recently at our small group, I told the people that it’s quite easy to worry about the future in our current economic state, at least if you’re an American like myself. Yet when we come to Matthew 6, we are told to seek first the Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you. We are told in the Psalm... »

The Wellbeing of the Mother vs. the Life of the Unborn Child

Numerous complications can result from pregnancy. Some are more common than others and some are more dangerous than others. The important question then arises: are any complications in a pregnancy sufficient to morally permit an abortion? No. Consider this argument for support: (1)    If directly killing the unborn child is morally worse than letting the mother die, then directly killing the unbor... »

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