Sanctuary for Saints or Hospital for Sinners?

In Mark chapter 7:1-12 Jesus has an encounter with Pharisees from Jerusalem. Their issue is that Jesus has fed bread to his disciples who are eating with unwashed hands. According to the Law they are defiled, simply for having been hungry. Is church a Sanctuary for Saints or Hospital for sinners? Well I think the … Continue reading Sanctuary for Saints or Hospital for Sinners?

Bible Versions – Which is best?

Preface: We are happy to receive permission to publish a treatment of the subject "Which Bible version is Better" by a Bible Scholar we are blessed to know personally. Especially since the question never seems to go away.  Sharing this excellent, very reasonable, detailed opinion seems worth while! The original text (link just below) has … Continue reading Bible Versions – Which is best?

Ministry: M.Div Not Required

It's a great thing: That God calls men who are sensitive to his voice. It's been said that "God does not call the qualified. He qualifies those He calls." Enlightenment from within is so much more important than formal education. These thoughts are for "pastors" with perhaps just a 9th grade education. One we know serves in … Continue reading Ministry: M.Div Not Required

This Sunday: Politics from the Pulpit?

We've seen several pastors we follow post on messages they plan for this coming Sunday and have previewed notes that some supply... oh dear. "Why, we wonder, and how, did revolutionary-era Americans choose to adopt a radical regime of religious freedom? Their reasons did not rely on any idealistic consensus that religion must be separate from politics … Continue reading This Sunday: Politics from the Pulpit?

“Xvangelicals” – Politics from the Pulpit Expose and Expand Divisions

There are a range of issues one might ponder that expose "faith-based" supporters of Donnald Trump. Trump Presents Dilemma For Evangelical Women, Once Reliable GOP Voters : NPR http://www.npr.org/2016/11/01/500183772/evangelicals-face-a-gender-split-over-trump Christian singer-songwriter Nichole Nordeman performs during the 34th Annual Dove Awards rehearsals in 2003 at the Gaylord Center in Nashville, Tenn. Nordeman has spoken out about … Continue reading “Xvangelicals” – Politics from the Pulpit Expose and Expand Divisions

Callousness. Symptomatic of Hypocrisy.

In self-righteous condemning tones they say “Cut them loose, let them suffer in sin until they come to their senses,” “maybe they weren’t saved in the first place” and “don’t cast your pearls before swine.” Really? That's the proper church treatment of wandering sheep?