THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Part I)

BAPTIZED BY FIRE: THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Part I) Acts 2: 1-6   You may wonder why I would write on a topic as historically controversial as the Holy Spirit.  For me, it is an issue of disconnect and firepower.  The disconnect is that standard practice in most churches does not even remotelyContinue reading “THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Part I)”

Why I Believe What I Believe… Hebrews, Orthodoxy and Hope in Christ (Part VI)

  Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.  3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything thatContinue reading “Why I Believe What I Believe… Hebrews, Orthodoxy and Hope in Christ (Part VI)”

Discovering God’s Will (A Different Perspective)

  Trust in the Lord with all your heart;     do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do,     and he will show you which path to take. -Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)   Recently I had a faith discussion with a good friend who was troubled by the notion of God having a “plan”Continue reading “Discovering God’s Will (A Different Perspective)”

Why I Believe What I Believe… Hebrews, Orthodoxy and Hope in Christ (Part IV)

Welcome to my forth installment of “Hebrews, Orthodoxy and Hope in Christ.”  Let’s begin with scripture: In fact, according to the law of Moses, nearly everything was purified with blood. For without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.  And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, soContinue reading “Why I Believe What I Believe… Hebrews, Orthodoxy and Hope in Christ (Part IV)”

Why I Believe What I Believe: Hebrews, Orthodoxy and Hope in Christ (Part III)

    13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. 14 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15 This HighContinue reading “Why I Believe What I Believe: Hebrews, Orthodoxy and Hope in Christ (Part III)”

“Why I Believe What I Believe…” Hebrews, Orthodoxy and Hope in Christ (Part II)

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one toContinue reading ““Why I Believe What I Believe…” Hebrews, Orthodoxy and Hope in Christ (Part II)”

Why I Believe What I Believe… A Seven Part Blog on Hebrews, Orthodoxy and Hope in Christ (Part I)

Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets.  And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expressesContinue reading “Why I Believe What I Believe… A Seven Part Blog on Hebrews, Orthodoxy and Hope in Christ (Part I)”

A Place to Stand as the Holidays Near

My constant temptation is to simply check out. Cash it in, retire, unplug, disconnect, disappear into the Smoky Mountains with Melissa and a Bible and have no idea who becomes President in the next election. The troubled state of the world, our unsettled country and divisions within my denomination make me sad. Not mad, justContinue reading “A Place to Stand as the Holidays Near”

Why People Leave a Church

In the early days of my ministry, not many people left our church.  I was in a rural area, there wasn’t much competition and people were loyal to the institutions of their community.  They would no more leave our church than they would send their children to another high school, stop doing business at ourContinue reading “Why People Leave a Church”

Scars and All (Tremont People)

Not so long ago Melissa and I drove along a gravel road that was once a railroad track for a logging operation near Townsend, Tennessee. The wooded area surrounding us is called Tremont.  Tremont is beautiful with a pristine stream running through it that jumps from one side of the elevated road to the other. Continue reading “Scars and All (Tremont People)”