Now what was the sort of hole man had got himself into?
He had tried to set up on his own, to behave as if he belonged to himself.
In other words, fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms.
Laying down your arms, saying you
I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Jesus. “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.”
That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things
Bob Dylan is considered one of the greatest song writers of all time.
In 1965 he wrote "Like a Rolling Stone" - one of his most popular songs. It has been acclaimed as the greatest lyric ever written. "Like a Rolling Stone" is statistically the most acclaimed song of all time.
TobyMac wrote these words upon the tragic death of his 21 year old son;
“My wife and I would want the world to knows this … We don’t follow God because we have some sort of under the table deal with Him,
“In the last resort faith is an act of will, inspired by love. Our love may be chilled and our will eroded by the spectacle of the shortcomings, folly, and even sins of the Church and its ministers, but I do not think that one who
It was December 5 - and I was turning 50 years old.
My wife and I went out for dinner with some close friends.
During dinner I was informed that we were staying at a hotel by the airport tonight because we had to catch a flight in the morning.
Fred, we are taking you on
The Lord, whom he had spent years fleeing but could not escape, had finally freed him by taking him captive.
Dr. Victor Shepherd; Writing on the conversion of
John Hus: 1369-1415
John Hus of Prague was burned at the stake at age 46. His crime was an uncompromising preaching of the gospel and calling for church reform in pre-reformation Europe.
His Sunday pulpit was the Bethlehem Chapel adjacent to the University of Prague. Czech nobles had built the
Martin Luther: 1483-1546
In 2017 – the 400th anniversary of the Reformation, I had the privilege to visit Wittenberg, Germany, birthplace of the Reformation. I walked the cobblestone streets, and even toured Luther’s home.
The prodigious Martin Luther appeared headed for the legal profession but
Martin Niemoeller was a German Pastor during the Nazi era and was imprisoned multiple times for his opposition to Hitler. Niemoeller understood that Hitler was distorting the gospel to serve his political agenda.
In April 1945 American forces liberated northern Italy where Niemoeller had been
An engineer had this note taped inside his desk drawer at his office: "This is not my life. This is my job. Christ is my life."
(Upon his tragic death in
Two Minutes to Eternity
Marshall Shelley tells the story of his son's short life - just two minutes.The baby boy was born with a "chromosomal abnormality" called Trisomy 13.
After the delivery, the doctor passed the baby to his mom. He was a healthy pink; Then he began to turn
On Death and Loss…
He was 50 years old. The cancer was aggressive and relentless. The pain was unmanageable and agonizing. In two months he was gone. I didn't have the opportunity to say good-bye and if I did, what would I say? Could I get the words out? Our last communication, me in Port
Contributed by Joshua Blackmon on Apr 15, 2022
When It Was Dark
I’m not quite sure how to say this. We have always said in the church that our faith was based upon facts. It was a faith built upon evidence that led us to the facts.
My friends, something has come to light just this past week that is out now in the professional journals and
Contributed by Joshua Blackmon on Mar 12, 2022
"Years ago, a wealthy businessman from London chartered a bus to carry a busload of urban children to the coast. There, the children spent a wonderful day at the ocean.
Many of the children had never left the city. Most had never seen the ocean. For one blissful day, they ran unfettered over
Contributed by Joshua Blackmon on Mar 12, 2022
"A missionary in Africa had a farm some miles from the mission station. The season had been very favorable, and he had a large crop of corn on the mission farm. When the crop was ready to harvest, he made a public appeal to the Africans, asking them to help him carry his corn from the farm to
Do it for a crown that will last forever.
NFL star, Cooper
Blaise Pascal observed that human life is nothing but perpetual delusion; human relationships are based on mutual deception.
Martin Buber wrote of the uncanny game of hide and seek we play - in which the soul seeks to hide from itself.
Thomas Merton - our minds are deformed with a contempt for
God, if you get me out of this mess I promise you'll never
At some point we stopped worrying about whether we were sinful or whether it was possible to be righteous and instead sought to avoid being unhealthy and to be healthy... we stopped naming our children “Charity” or “Grace” and began