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  • Writer Regina Barreca Wrote An Article For The ...  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 4, 2001
    based on 93 ratings

    Writer Regina Barreca wrote an article for the Chicago Tribune in 1996 on this very issue: "Sloth is insidious. It whispers that you might as well do it tomorrow, that nobody will know if you cut comers here and there to save yourself some trouble, that the world will be the same in a hundred more

  • Hope Is Certain, Not Uncertain

    Contributed by John Boquist on Jul 25, 2008

    HOPE IS CERTAIN, NOT UNCERTAIN Our use of the word "hope" is usually based on uncertainty. Suppose an engaged couple says, "We have an outdoor wedding planned for Saturday; we hope it doesn't rain." In saying this, they are saying that the possibility of rain is there, but their preference is more

  • Colossians 1:24 "Baffling"

    Contributed by Rickey Bennett on Aug 16, 2009

    COLOSSIANS 1:24 "BAFFLING" Now I consulted four different sources on this text to see whether there was any consensus among the best scholars and pastors as to what that means. And this comment from Sam Storms, who is one of those best scholars and pastors, pretty much sums it more

  • Dry Truth Or Dynamic Lies?

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Apr 26, 2010

    DRY TRUTH OR DYNAMIC LIES? During my first year of ministry here, I asked a hypothetical question: If you had the choice of attending a church where the pastor believed and taught the Bible but was dry and not a very good speaker, or a church where the pastor believed that the Bible contained more

  • A Parable Of Parables  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 23, 2010
    based on 9 ratings

    A PARABLE OF PARABLES The content of belief is important: Jonathan Whitfield was preaching to coal miners in England. He asked one man, "What do you believe?" "Well, I believe the same as the church." "And what does the church believe?" "Well, they believe the same as me." Seeing he more

  • Sound Biblical Thinking

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 23, 2010

    SOUND BIBLICAL THINKING There is no substitute for sound, biblical thinking. John Gardner: "An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent theologian. The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in more

  • To Hold Water  PRO

    Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Jun 22, 2010
    based on 3 ratings

    TO HOLD WATER There is no substitute for sound, biblical thinking. John Gardner: An excellent plumber is infinitely more admirable than an incompetent theologian. The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in theology more

  • Putting The Dog In Dogma

    Contributed by Christopher Lanham on Jul 22, 2010
    based on 1 rating

    PUTTING THE DOG IN DOGMA The pit bull, as you may know, is bred to be a fighter. But what you may not know is what they were originally bred to fight with. The pit bull is a actually a mutt that made good -- having terrier and mastiff breeds in its line. From the mastiff side of the tree, more

  • Doctrine: Be Like Moses

    Contributed by Aubrey Vaughan on Sep 17, 2008

    Doctrine: Be Like Moses James Packer writes: "Many of us would agree with Peter when he says that parts of Paul's letters are hard to understand! And there are difficulties and apparent discrepancies in other parts of the Bible too. On this matter of discrepancies, I remember reading more

  • Imaginary Jesus

    Contributed by Tim Smith on Mar 17, 2011

    IMAGINARY JESUS Matt Mikalatos has written a fictional story entitled, "Imaginary Jesus." In that story the main character encounters a wide variety of people who claim to be Jesus, but who actually represent our diverse and ever-changing depictions of who we want Jesus to be and the roles we more

  • While Interpreting Things Of Difficulty, Such As ...

    Contributed by David Tack on Mar 28, 2011

    While interpreting things of difficulty, such as eschatological issues, the simpler things of this life and God’s commands should be embraced. Preach the gospel saving message to the lost and desolate, love the Lord your God with all your heart, love humanity with unconditional love; and, strive more

  • The Wrong Oil  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 8, 2011
    based on 2 ratings

    THE WRONG OIL Phil (a member of our congregation) owns a stunning sports car. It's a Viper. It's a thing of beauty. And it has a powerful engine with 10 cylinders. Most of us common folks have cars with 6 and 8 cylinders... but this car has TEN cylinders. I'm pretty sure it can take you anywhere more

  • What Not To Believe

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 22, 2011
    based on 1 rating

    WHAT NOT TO BELIEVE Ben Patterson, campus pastor of Westmont College, tells the story of a retired pastor who began noticing that his former congregation was sliding away from orthodoxy. The pastor saw this as his fault and stated, in two sentences, his great failure as a pastor: "I always told more

  • Sound Theology

    Contributed by Johnny Palmer on Dec 9, 2011

    SOUND THEOLOGY In a Peanuts cartoon Lucy and Linus are staring out the window, watching it rain. Lucy says, "Boy! Look at it pour. What if it floods the whole world?" Linus, "It won't. In Gen. 9, God promised Noah that would never happen again. The sign of that promise is the more

  • Athanasius Contends For The Deity Of Christ  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 1, 2012
    based on 2 ratings

    ATHANASIUS CONTENDS FOR THE DEITY OF CHRIST If Jesus is something less than God, he has no right and no power to forgive our sins. If Jesus can’t forgive our sins, we have no hope. Yes, the doctrine of the deity of Christ is worth contending for. And there is nobody God used more to contend more

  • John Piper On Minimizing Doctrine

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 1, 2012

    JOHN PIPER ON MINIMIZING DOCTRINE I think John Piper put it best in his book, Contending For Our All. He wrote: "To the emerging church that would like to minimize doctrine, Athanasius would say, 'Our young people in Alexandria die for doctrine about Christ. What do your young people die more

  • Bad Doctor(Ine)

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Dec 2, 2012
    based on 1 rating

    Have you ever gone to a doctor and got a prescription? You take that prescription down to the pharmacy and they sell you the medicine. Now, have you ever heard of a druggist getting the prescription wrong? Of course you have. Why would a pharmacist get it wrong? Well, not because they intended more

  • Erwin Mcmanus Reminds Us That Christianity Is A ...  PRO

    Contributed by Michael Mccartney on Aug 26, 2008
    based on 2 ratings

    Erwin McManus reminds us that Christianity is a dangerous faith. Listen to what he says: "How could we ever think the Christian faith would be safe when its central metaphor is an instrument of death? It is not a coincidence that baptism is a water grave depicting death and resurrection"..."It more