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Remembering Dad

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Don Wilson McWhorter June 16, 1946 – Sept 13, 2017...

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Stop Laboring!

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Labor Day in America! A Holiday where we celebrate the fruits of our labors . . . by not laboring. ...

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Back to School: The State of Education Should be Turned Back Over to the States

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It’s that time of year again. Kids standing on curbs at 6 AM, and yellow buses noisily grinding up and down our roads. Public and private schools seem to almost go year-round these days. Long gone are the days of a full three months of summer vacay. And, for all the required class-time, every indicator over the last decade or so reveals that students in the United States...

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The Never-Ending SBC Apology Tour

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If anyone doubts the intrusion of Critical Theory into the worldview of the average Southern Baptist Christian, or church, not to mention the Convention at upper echelons as expressed in the annual resolutions proposed and passed at conventions, one need only: a) Observe how many SBC leaders are now linking the pro-life cause with socialism / Marxism / redistribution of we...

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The Biblical Doctrine of Headship

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In the previous post, I warned of the feminist view of the office and role of pastor that has infested the Southern Baptist Convention. As the Chairwoman of the Credentials Committee mentioned, some in the SBC think the “gifting” of pastor can be distinguished from the “office” of pastor, thus paving the way for ordination of women into the pastorate, or the allowa...

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What is a Pastor?

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During Her Confirmation Hearing, Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Infamously (Or Famously, Depending Upon Your Political And Ethical Persuasions) Could Not Nor Would Not Answer The Question, “What is a woman?” Instead, she quipped, “I’m not a biologist.” Well, the Credentials Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention recently answered the questi...

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The SBC and Sexual Abuse

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Sexual abuse is abhorrent to every genuine follower of Jesus Christ. Indeed, it is abhorrent even to the vast majority of non-Christians. (This is, by the way, what makes the current push of the LGBTQ agenda into the public elementary schools so disturbing. It is classic pedophile grooming to sexualize young, pre-pubescent children. But I digress.) Sexual lusts and sins of...

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The SBC In A Post-Roe World

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The annual spectacle known as the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting is over. I watched it all via livestream, and our church sent two messengers. Although I have not met with the messengers in person yet, we texted extensively during the convention, and I feel quite safe saying we were all three very disappointed. ...

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Forgive One Another

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Forgiveness. It’s a beautiful word that flows with joy off our tongues. May we who are in Christ also see it flowing ever-so gracefully from our hearts. When Christians forgive one another, as Christ has forgiven them, it is truly like a river flowing from our inmost being, refreshing the souls of the forgiven. ...

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The Faith of Forgiveness

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Forgiveness. Such a beautiful, terrible word. Beautiful to receive, but often so terribly difficult to give. ...

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The Ecclesiology of Slander And Gossip

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What is it about us human beings that we simply cannot seem to resist talking about other people? ...

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Courageous Confession

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We’ve all been there. Cringing as we hear someone in church sharing a testimony that just gets way too specific about one’s pre-conversion past, or even one’s so-called “backsliding.” It sounds dangerously close to glorifying the sin. At best we might be thinking TMI (to use textese, a language I do not actually speak). At worst, we are covering our children’s ...

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Pray For The Supreme Court!

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The “leaked” document published by Politico pertaining to the upcoming Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade is a stunning development. Add the highest court of our land to the ever-growing list of institutions that have proven to be infiltrated with untrustworthy snitches who care more about themselves and their personal agendas than the higher good or the overall int...

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A Good Friday Survey

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On this Good Friday, amidst the tumult of our sin-wrecked world, it would be good for us to soak up the lines of the poem penned by Isaac Watts. We know this poem as the hymn, “When I Survey.”...

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An Unjust Justice

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OK, so it is not my intent here to argue against the way our society defines “race.” I have done that elsewhere in blogs addressing the false definitions employed by Critical Race Theorists. I do appreciate that Google’s definition added the phrase “or ethnic group.” Biblically, there is one race – human – but many people groups / cultures, ethnicities. But t...

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April Fool’s In A Nation Of Fools

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Was it a publicity stunt? Intended to rescue a Hollywood awards show from years of plummeting ratings and viewership? Or was it a real, raw expression of insult, injury and angst? ...

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Consecrated Courage: Remembering Brother Joe Nichols

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On March 12, 2022, our Lord and Savior called one of His servants home to heaven. That servant was Joe Nichols. A devoted husband to Leola (March 17th would have been their 57th anniversary). A strong Dad, Papaw, and Great-Granddaddy. A servant in Corydon Baptist Church and the Southeast Indiana region for many decades. To say Joe had a servant’s heart is to vastly unde...

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NO MORE WAR!

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For my faithful few readers out there, you know that I try to resist the urge to blog as quickly as possible about whatever is in the 24-hour news cycles. I think far too many pastors and Christian leaders and bloggers reverse James 1:19 and are quick to speak, and slow to listen. The plethora of opinions inundating Twitter and the blogosphere regarding the 6-day old...

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Unquenchable Love

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Valentine’s Day is hokey. Probably the epitome of a Hallmark holiday. Nevertheless, there is certainly nothing inherently wrong with observing special days or special occasions (Rom 14:5). And genuine love is worth celebrating! Not just today, but every day....

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Parents V. Schools

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For several months now, our newscasters have been reporting on the phenomenon of distraught parents pushing back against school boards, teachers, and the public educational system in general. Granted, the demeanor of these parents is not always kind. And yet, many conservative Christians cannot help but feel empathy, if not just outright cheer them on. Bible-treasuring b...

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Hoosier Communism

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For any American Christian who imagined that the radical Marxist, anti-Christian, church-hating agenda of the LGBTQ+ movement would simply remain in Europe, Canada (see my previous blog) and California, think again....

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Canadian Communism

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Just a few days ago, one of the most wicked pieces of legislation in the history of humanity took effect in Canada. Bill C-4 effectively criminalized what has been labeled “conversion therapy” regarding sexuality and gender. Any Canadian citizen who promotes or attempts in any way to convince a person that heterosexuality and/or actual biological gender is to be pref...

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Vaccine Equity

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I trust the World Health Organization . . . About as far as I can throw them! Or, almost as much as I trust the CDC and Dr. Fauci. But, some of my few faithful readers may recall many months ago that I wondered why seemingly nobody was saying anything about “vaccine equity.” ...

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Year’s End

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On page 204 of my copy of The Valley of Vision, this Puritan Prayer is recorded, titled “Year’s End.”...

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Thanksgiving

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Without a doubt, Thanksgiving is my favorite American Holiday, followed closely by St. Patrick’s Day (mostly just because I am Irish and love corned beef and cabbage)....

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Partiality by Vaccination

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The lack of biblical discernment among several big name evangelical leaders and churches is now beyond disturbing. More and more reports of a new form of church segregation are popping up around the nation. Ironically, some of the same pastors and leaders who have been slowly but surely drinking the Kool Aid of wokeness, which claims its aim is “antiracism,” are now ...

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Statism

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God has ordained government as the earthly authority with the power of the sword (Rom 13:1-7). Governments are all accountable to the King of kings for how they rule (Dan 4; Rev 18). Governments are beholden to God’s Word to discern good from evil. The Bible is replete, however, with examples of earthly rulers and governments who refused to stay in their lane....

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A United Democratic Front

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At one of the most divisive political times in our nation’s history, Speaker Nancy Pelosi knows how to bring her party together. The deceptively named “Women’s Health Protection Act” seeks to wipe out all the various pro-life laws passed by the states, and permanently legalize abortion on demand, for any reasons whatsoever, right up until birth....

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Shall We Never Forget?

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The song by Alan Jackson, “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?” says it well. It did feel like everything in the world was on pause, on that day twenty years ago. 9/11. ...

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O How the Mighty Are Fallen!

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...a fitting epitaph for what we Americans have witnessed over the last few weeks. ...

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Preparing for the Worship Gathering

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I recently read this blog post by Dr. Chuck Lawless. While I certainly cannot improve upon the 10 Questions given to us by Dr. Lawless, I want to come at it from a slightly different angle. Tom Ascol of Founders Ministries has often said that Christians should find a healthy New Testament Church then build their lives around it. I heartily concur. ...

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When God Whispers

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In a sermon now infamous among many of us Southern Baptists, the then President of the SBC, J.D. Greear, stated that “God whispers about sexual sin.” ... So, let’s take a sampling of God’s whispering:...

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The State As God

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A pastor friend recently posted this citation from R. J. Rushdoony, from page 111 of his book The Politics of Guilt and Pity. I thought it worth posting again here:...

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Twelve Hymns to Sing as a Family

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A mom in our church recently texted me a question: “I’d like to know what top 12 hymns you would recommend all children know.”...

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Limp Left: One Pastor’s Thoughts on SBC21 (Part 3)

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In this series, I have endeavored to share some observations and critiques of the SBC21, which gathered last month in Nashville. I focused the first two posts on Resolutions. While Resolutions are not binding in the SBC, which believes strongly in local church autonomy, they are an important glimpse into the hearts and minds of SBC leaders. And Resolutions are seen by t...

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Limp Left: One Pastor’s Analysis of SBC21 (Part 2)

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In this series of blog posts, I want to offer my thoughts and analysis on the recent Southern Baptist Convention held in Nashville, TN on June 15-16, 2021. I do so, as with all my blogs, primarily as a service to the local church I love and serve, Corydon Baptist Church. ...

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Limp Left! One Pastor’s Thoughts on SBC21 (Part 1)

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In this series of blog posts, I want to offer my thoughts and analysis on the recent Southern Baptist Convention held in Nashville, TN on June 15-16, 2021. I do so, as with all my blogs, primarily as a service to the local church I love and serve, Corydon Baptist Church. ...

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Education or Indoctrination?

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Things have been heating up at local school board meetings all across our nation. And rightly so. ...

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A Prayer for the Southern Baptist Convention

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...So I offer this prayer as I and 16,000+ of my fellow messengers flock to Nashville next week......

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“Harassment Free” Abortions

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On Thursday, May 20th, the Louisville Metro Council voted 14-11 to allow healthcare facilities to create “buffer zones” or “safety zones” around their entrances. ......

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Leadership by Executive Order

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In his first 100 days, President Biden has signed 42 Executive Orders. He signed 21 in his first week in office! That’s compared to 4 in the first week for President Trump, and 5 in President Obama’s first week. There’s little question that this President intends to lead our nation by Executive Order. It’s poor leadership. And I believe that’s true regar...

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Stimulus Or Socialism?

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It seems the US government has an endless supply of money. They just keep sending us checks, don’t they? Maybe like me, you are wondering how this is possible! I mean, aren’t we trillions of dollars in debt? And, maybe like me, you do not want another check from the government. I have written my legislators multiple times begging them to stop sending me unsolicite...

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Ecclesiology - Shepherding - CBC Podcasts

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"Convictions, Courage, & COVID" is a podcast series intended to help CBC members and others listening think through theological and ecclesiological matters that are crucial to helping Christians make wise, Biblical choices in the midst of circumstances that challenge in-person gathering (such as COVID-19)....

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Redemptive Relationships

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The last year has taught us all so much about the value of relationships. Severed from one another for months, we were all forced to take stock. Examine what really matters. Consider those we love. Think long and hard about how we define a relationship. Of what is of most value in relationships. ...

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Sovereignty - CBC Podcasts

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"Convictions, Courage, & COVID" is a podcast series intended to help CBC members and others listening think through theological and ecclesiological matters that are crucial to helping Christians make wise, Biblical choices in the midst of circumstances that challenge in-person gathering (such as COVID-19)....

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Christ Outside the Church

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“Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20). This has always been one of the most disturbing verses in the Bible to me. It disturbs me for three main reasons. ...

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Dear Mother-in-Law

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Dear Linda J. Lucas, February 6th is generally a sad day in our home. That's the day our Savior called you to His side. Your baby girl, Michele, was 10 years old. So close to embarking upon her journey into young womanhood. Although I know you are with the Lord where there are "pleasures forevermore" (Ps 16:11), I also know that way back then, the thought of leaving your ...

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The Language of the Unheard

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In an all-too-common scene now in America, a peaceful protest turned violent in our Nation’s Capitol last week....

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A Tale Of Two Prayers

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"If you ask anything in My name, I will do it" (John 14:14). While I want to guard against any notion of name-it-claim-it theology, and I renounce any doctrine that says we can manipulate God Almighty by our prayers, I do think two prayers said recently in Legislative Chambers speak volumes about the division in our Nation. There really are two visions for the United ...

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Peace On Earth?

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Christmas Season speaks often of peace. I mean, after all, the angels announced to the shepherds, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (KJV). Even if you prefer another translation, such as the ESV (which I do), the note of peace is still there: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased." Peace...

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Perfect Peace: Even In The Midst Of Chaos

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"You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, the Lord God is an everlasting Rock" (Isaiah 26:3-4). Brothers and Sisters in Christ, don't we need this good reminder from our God right now? Presidential elections are settled in heaven. The winner is ordained of God, who is the Only Sovereign King over a...

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Socialism and Freedom (Election 2020, Part 4)

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Well, it's Election Eve. Who knows when we will actually know the winner? One thing I am sure of, Jesus Christ always wins. Regardless of the outcome of our elections (important though they may be), King Jesus' throne is forever secure. And Jesus will continue to build His Church regardless of what kind of political or demonic forces oppose her (Matthew 16:18). But ther...

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Marriage, Family, Sexuality and Gender (Election 2020, Part 3)

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"I will flat out change the law." That's how former Vice-President Joe Biden answered a question regarding transgenderism among elementary aged-children at a recent town hall. The obvious ignorance of the US Constitution aside (Presidents cannot change laws), Biden believes 8 year olds should be encouraged to make permanently life-altering and physically damaging deci...

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Who Are You To Judge? (Election 2020, Part 2)

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Amy Coney Barrett's ongoing confirmation hearing in the US Senate highlights the criticality of Presidential elections. Indeed, many conservative Christians voted for Donald Trump in 2016 based almost entirely on this issue the appointment of Supreme Court Justices and judges all across this land. For the past four decades, the phrase "Judicial Tyranny" has come to the f...

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Election 2020

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Could there be a more volatile time for a presidential election in our nation? I am forever thankful my hope is not in this world! And yet, I may not as a follower of Christ, shirk my responsibilities in this world. And you may not, either, dear Christian. We must shine as lights in this crooked and perverse world and hold out the word of life (Phil 2:14-16). We must seek...

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September Silence

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"Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth" (Psalm 46:10). It's been a really noisy year so far. It's bound to get even louder in the next few months. So many voices. So many tweets. So many FB posts. So many debates. So many non-stop "breaking news" casts. So many protests. So many riots. And in the midst o...

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Of Meteors, Ice Ages, and the Global Flood

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Geology was my second love in college. I was one course away from a minor in geology, but couldn't find a way to make it fit in my hectic 18 hour a semester schedule driven by my Naval ROTC requirements. In hindsight, it was a grace. After all, who wants to be a professional rock licker? I arrived at Vanderbilt University with a God-given faith in the Lord Jesus Christ an...

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Crazy California

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As a native Kentuckian, with a Wildcat love and Bluegrass in my veins, I never thought I would hear myself say, "I am so glad to live in the Hoosier State!" But say it I have. Repeatedly. For several months now. Our part of Indiana has been quite sheltered from much of the virus madness. My back porch looking out over my garden and the woods behind it, is a long way from...

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A Prayer For Pastor John Macarthur

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For over 50 years, Pastor John MacArthur has heralded the gospel of salvation for sinners by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone! And he has done so because, like the Reformers who pre-dated him by 500 years, he believes in the absolute authority of Scripture alone. And now, under the tyranny of Governor Gavin Newsom, our brother i...

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King COVID or King Jesus?

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"And He is the head of the body, the church" (Colossians 1:18). The last three weeks of preaching have been sheer ecstasy for me! We circled our theological and devotional wagons around Colossians 1:15-20. Any Christian who is not immensely and deeply blessed by drinking up this high Christology may not actually be a Christian. If God the Father's eternal purpose is t...

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The New Gospel of BLM and CRT

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In the previous two posts, I have argued that the agenda and worldview of Black Lives Matter is not biblical. It is anti-Bible and anti-gospel. This is because it is based on Critical Theory, or Critical Race Theory. The underlying assumptions of CRT ought to disturb any Bible-believing Christian, regardless of skin color. For a quick overview take a listen: https://www.y...

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The Agenda of Black Lives Matter

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"Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of im...

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Black Lives Matter...But Why?

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"If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (Psalm 11:3) What started as a fringe movement among the politically socialist-with-a-tinge-of-anarchist crowd in America, has almost overnight become "mainstream." The movement is known as BLM, Black Lives Matter. To which nearly every American I know or even know of would answer, "Of course the lives of...

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A Prayer for our Nation

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Our nation is in chaos. It appears a "perfect storm" is upon us. So many hurts and calamities combining to create mass confusion, extreme emotionalism, knee-jerk calls to action, and even greater hatred and division. A pandemic. Government abuses of power. Then a very public murder. Then another murder. Then more murders, riots, looting. All the while a "mega drought" plag...

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COVID-19 and ROMANS 14

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We are changed. All of us. Changed. You might think I am referring to the miracle of the new birth in Christ Jesus. And indeed, every Christian has been and is being and shall be changed! But I am actually referring to the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had upon us. It has changed us. Some more than others. But changed we are, every single one of us. In some ways, for g...

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COVID-19 and Your Family

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Back in mid-March when the various lock downs began, I commented to one of our home schooling families in our church, "We are all home schoolers now!" When I said it, I confess it gave me some degree of glee. After all, I have for years strongly advocated for home education as the most biblically faithful and ideal model for families, with Christian private education and ...

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COVID-19 and Governor Cuomo

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COVID-19 has done some serious damage to New York City. And it has done some serious damage in many other states and cities across the nation and world. Whatever our politics or religious beliefs, or lack thereof, we must all at least be willing to admit a sense of sadness at tens of thousands of deaths (unless you are pro-abortion, which would be the height of hypocrisy, ...

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COVID, the Constitution, and the Church

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Like millions around this nation and globe, I have watched a virus reign terror down upon us. Or, is it our governments and medical professionals reigning terror down upon us? Or is it both? I am not a doctor or medical professional. I have no idea how best to battle a pandemic, at least not from a medical perspective. But I also have read enough to know that doctors arou...

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COVID-19 and the "Cool Church"

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​And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others (Matt 6:5). What I am about to say is not intended as a judgment upon any decisions being made by faithful pastors all around this nation. And I certainly have no reason to impugn motives. I have very c...

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RBG Logic Applied to Abortion

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The Supreme Court is hearing a pivotal case to determine whether to uphold Louisiana's law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. This is, of course, a reasonable safeguard to both the health of the mother, as well as the health of the baby if born alive (and yes we are now learning that happens more often then we might imagine). But ...

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A Proper Burial

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Let me tell you where Mayor Pete Buttigieg is not today. He is not at the burial ceremony for 2,411 aborted babies. That ceremony is being held in his city, South Bend, IN. But I feel sure he's not planning to attend. His radical pro-choice agenda simply could not stand up to the actual reality of tiny babies with faces, arms, fingers, ears, toes, brains, legs, hearts. Ma...

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If You Are Thinking of Leaving a Church . . .

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​God is adding to our church family. We are seeing new faces and families every week. We are regularly celebrating new members who covenant with us to make Christ known in the world. Hallelujah! The "word of the year" for CBC isMultiply. We are praying for God to multiply us. For God to use us to multiply disciples. To multiply pastors and teachers and missionaries. To...

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Reflect and Refocus

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Well, I slept through yet another New Year. Hit the sack about 11 p.m. TV off. Spent the last hours of 2019 reading the last few chapters of Revelation with my family. Answered questions as best I could regarding all the wild symbolism of that Blessed Book of the Bible. Reminded ourselves of the main thing - Jesus wins! He reigns forever and ever and those who have been s...

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The Christian Chicken is . . . Chicken?

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By now the dust is somewhat settling on Chick-Fil-A's decision to stop donating to the Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This was, apparently, due to certain corporate leaders' desire to pander more to the PC demographic regarding so-called Gay Marriage. This is no longer Truett Cathy's Chick-Fil-A. But I assure every Christian in America, this "dust" s...

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Pastor Appreciation Month is Not Working!

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Yes, it feels really weird to be writing this blog post. After all, I am a pastor. But I am convinced this post, and others like it, are critically important for churches today. Rather than try and say all I want to say, I think I will simply let well-known pastor, Thabiti Anyabwile, say it for me (DON'T MAKE YOUR PASTOR A STATISTIC). And my conclusion is that for all t...

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I Knew a Preacher Once

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I knew a Preacher once Who was called of the Lord To stand in a pulpit And open up the Word I knew a Preacher once Who said, "Thus says the Lord." His passion was singular And his allegiance to only One I knew a Preacher once Who studied relentlessly the Book Holy Spirit fire in his eyes When to the Sacred Task he took I knew a Preacher once Who taught h...

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Back to School: Parents Beware!

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Christians often ask the wrong questions. Instead of asking, "Why doesn't God saveeveryone?" we should ask, "Why does God saveanyone?" Another example, sometimes a Christian parent will ask me my opinion on home schooling or private school or public school. I have made my thoughts on those subjects crystal clear for many years, from the pulpit, in the counseling rooms, a...

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Public Schools = Pastor's Nuisance

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The problems in the K-12 (not to mention the university system) system are really too numerous to even tackle now for Bible-believing pastors. Planned Parenthood runs the "sex education." GLSEN gets a nod to infiltrate every level of the system, meaning our 1st graders are being routinely exposed to the agenda of those who promote sexual sins and self-rule as normal and ac...

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The Dignity of Home-Making

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My wife and I have two amazing daughters. Raising them has been a deeper joy and a more difficult challenge than we ever anticipated. It has kept us humble and prayerful, seeking God's grace in Christ. Our oldest daughter (19) has expressed little to no interest in college or even a "career." We have raised both of our daughters to follow God's dream for their lives. If t...

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Responding to Revoice

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Last year a conference was held in St. Louis called "Revoice." Although I have not listened to any of the sermons or speeches given at the conference, I studied up on it enough to know it was not a conference I would personally endorse or attend. Several speakers at this conference are advocating for the acceptance of labels such as "Gay Christian." Sexual desires and beha...

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The Pro-Abortion Consistency

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Earlier this week, the US Senate was unable to pass straight-forward legislation that would have ensured any babies born alive during abortion attempts receive standard medical care. Every Democrat except three voted "no." So, let's be very clear. These Senators, elected to one of the highest and most noble offices in our great Nation, voted to allow a doctor, and nurses,...

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Vocabulary of Divorce

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Preaching through James is proving to be a deeply convicting labor. Over the last two Sundays, we have delved into the sin of partiality, as James tackles it in Chapter Two, verses One Through Thirteen. Though he applies it directly to economic status (rich or poor), we had to explore ways in which we may knowingly or unknowingly commit this same sin in our church today. W...

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Give Thanks

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Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit(1 Thess 5:17-19). Brothers and Sisters in Christ, do not let Black Friday darken your Thanksgiving! During the sermon last Sunday, I mentioned the prayers of my Granddaddy McWhorter. My Dad used to recall from his childhood how his Dad...

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Due Process

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A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established . . . and if the witness is a false witness and has accused his brother falsely, then you shall do to him as he had meant to do to his brother. So...

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Judging the Judges (Part 10)

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It's all downhill from here. That epitaph could be written after the death of Samson. Israel just goes from bad to worse. Let's see, first there's Micah and his mother who uses 1,100 pieces of silver to make an idol which she has the gall to dedicate to Yahweh, the One True God who hates and forbids idolatry! Micah then turns his home into a little mini-temple to false g...

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Judging the Judges (Part 9)

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Delilah. The name conjures up images of a vixon, a sultry temptress, an irresistible woman. Napoleon had his Waterloo. Samson had Delilah. The account of Samson and Delilah may well be the most well-known episode in the Book of Judges, and one of the most popular in all the Bible. So, I need not recount it in any great detail here. Rather, let me just draw out some lesso...

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Judging the Judges (Part 8)

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Samson. His name still stirs up images on a Herculean man, like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his bodybuilding hay day. Samson is probably the most popular of the Judges of Israel. His story is riveting. One wonders why Hollywood has not latched onto it, as it would make for a blockbuster! I mean this dude tore lions apart with his bare hands and killed 1,000 enemy soldiers wi...

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Judging the Judges (Part 7)

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If a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth (Numbers 30:2). Enter Jephthah. A "mighty warrior" and "the son of a prostitute" (Judges 11:1). Hardly the description we would expect of a man of God. Jephthah's brothers cast him out of the family ...

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Judging the Judges (Part 6)

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Gideon. Fleece. The two words go together like butter and biscuits. Gideon is one of the more well known of the Judges of Israel, for two main reasons: His laying out the fleece to obtain confirmation from the Lord that he was to lead the battle against the Midianite oppressors. The famous scene of God reducing his army to a mere 300 men, telling Gideon to cull all t...

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Judging the Judges (Part 5)

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Deborah. The only female judge of Israel. A prophetess who spoke God's words to Israel. Hero of all feminists, evangelical or otherwise! Some well-meaning brothers and sisters in Christ have tried to use the story of Deborah (Judges 4-5) to justify ordaining women as elders and preachers. My intent here is not to tackle such issues, though I do want to insist that whateve...

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Judging the Judges (Part 4)

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Having now set the backdrop with the first three posts in this series, let's take a look at a few judges. Some well-known. Others not so much. Othniel. Not so well known. But since he is the first named judge in the Book of Judges, we should expect to perhaps see aforeshadowingof things to come. And indeed we do. But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, th...

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Judging the Judges (Part 3)

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Leadership Matters. Big Time. A seminary professor once told me "Nothing of consequence happens in the church apart from leadership." I thought that was a bit hyperbolic. Surely people do not need leaders that badly. Do they? Well, over a decade of gospel ministry experience and pastoring now confirms my Prof's pithy prophecy.And so does the Bible. God has ordained lead...

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Judging the Judges (Part 2)

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God saves and preserves His covenant people. His people sin against Him. God judges His people for their sin. His people cry out for help. God gives mercy and restores His people. Repeat process starting at Point #1. This is what many scholars have called "The Judges Cycle." This is exactly the pattern we see repeated throughout the period of history covered by t...

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Judging the Judges

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Recently a friend and brother in Christ began texting me some questions on things he had been reading in the Book of Judges. After rejoicing that my brother was reading Judges, and praying that the Lord would increase his tribe in the church I pastor, I set out to provide a few responses to his inquires. Responses, I trust, that were faithful to God and His Word. The Book...

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Urban Evolution?

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Earlier this week, on the CBS Morning Show, a segment featured a new book titledDarwin Comes to Town.The author discussed the thrust of a book in a segment you can see here: https://www.cbs.com/shows/cbs_this_morning/video/gcum75ud_Z6H5NnLhfIYKdo5W9Z1Nm0K/urban-ecologist-on-how-cities-speed-up-evolution-process/ While I am sure the author is a man of educational "letters...

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10 Ways to Discourage Your Pastor

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Every pastor I have ever known has experienced discouragement. And many of the "great" preachers / pastors in church history have battled seasons of depression and melancholy. Spurgeon being the classic example here. We pastors are human and our calling baptizes us daily in trench spiritual warfare. Sometimes our discouragement is unwarranted. A pity party for which we mu...

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Dark Hearts and School Violence

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What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, our of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these things come from within, and they defile a person (Mark 7:21-23). The flags of our nation are once again at half staff as we mour...

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Little Linda

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My wife's mother, Linda, passed into the presence of Jesus on this day, Feb 6th, when my wife was only ten years old. But this is no sob story! My wife's maternal grandmother, Lucille, used to call her "Little Linda." Probably because Michele (my wife) looked like her mom. And probably, I assume, because Michele had echoes of Linda in her personality and mannerisms. And a...

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