Genesis chapter 22 is one of the greatest chapters in the entire Bible. It records the supreme test of Abraham's faith. God called upon his servant to sacrifice what was dearest to his heart – his own beloved son Isaac. The circumstances seemed to shatter all of Abraham's hopes for the future.
I never aspired to be in the post I am today. In fact, during most of my pastoral ministry, I spurned political involvement. But at my last church, I became increasingly burdened about the moral melt-down occurring in America.
Whatever happened to good and evil? Evil is often nowadays called good. And good is called evil. It seems too many would prefer being raptured out of responsibility, rather than engaging society to make a difference.
We live in a fallen world, meaning that since human sin entered, all of nature was negatively impacted. Sometimes the laws of nature go awry and this will continue until God's redemption is finalized.
Work provides dignity to the human spirit and without it the soul flounders. Here are a few Bible verses about work.
Lincoln may have been the "Great Emancipator," but he was no paragon of anti-racism. Neither was Ulysses S. Grant, leader of the Union Army. Lincoln, Grant, and Lee opposed slavery. Still, all three were willing to sacrifice the dignity of their fellow man with full equality for political reasons. So, with respect to racism, how are Lincoln and Grant so much morally better than Lee?
If these men, participants in that horrible War Between the States, having watched their comrades fall in battle, and at the end of that great conflict turn to honor and salute each other, how can we dishonor their memory with lesser behavior?
No eclipse of this kind has occurred in the continental U.S. observable from coast to coast since 1918. This total eclipse will touch only one country: the United States. Could the eclipse be a sign from God?
At a press conference in Charlotte organized by the Christian Action League, I, along with four other high profile ministers in the state took umbrage with Barber's conclusions concerning prayer for public officials, as well as some other statements he made about the poor and most vulnerable in society and our responsibility to them.
When was the last time you heard a Christian ask an unbeliever, "Have you been saved?"
I've been reading the book of Genesis lately and the story of Joseph is a fascinating one.
There is a great story that I heard many years ago which I believe speaks quite profoundly to parents.
Sometimes I tremble for America. We seem to think that we can act in defiance of God's order – that we can ignore his sovereignty. Although many never state it outwardly, our behavior is indicative of the erroneous notion that we are big enough to shake our fist in the face of a holy God and escape his judgment.
We've seemingly forgotten what Robert E. Lee knew on that battlefield when things weren't going as he thought they should go, when instead of responding in anger and bitterness to the other side, he reached out in kindness.
What bridges the great divide between men and makes them brothers?
I think preachers are some of the greatest traitors to the cause of Christ. Like Peter, I don't think they mean to deny their Lord, but they do it all the time. They just don't realize how badly they're caught up in their own weakness.
Benjamin Franklin is renowned for his considerable wisdom. So much of what he said is woven into the fabric of Americana. Most of us have heard many of his sayings, but we might not have known their origin.
My love for Christ, his kingdom purposes, and my profound love for my friends and brethren in the Lord, constrains me to say that by drinking you put yourself at serious risk.
I do not mean to be coy or flippant, when I say, I believe in equal rights for LGBTQ folks. They have an equal right as anyone else, bearing a burdensome load of sin, to share in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and be cleansed — set free from sin's power and penalty.
History tells us that 22 great civilizations have risen and fallen, and the reasons for their demise are amazingly similar.
Too often we have consciously and unconsciously misinterpreted freedom. We seemingly have come to believe it means we can do whatever we want, whenever we want, and wherever we want.
Perhaps the greatest loss may be that we preempted God's help and took matters into our own hands before his deliverance arrived.
This week, the NCAA ratcheted up the pressure on North Carolina lawmakers to repeal HB 2, "the bathroom law." The collegiate sports group has laid down a clear ultimatum – repeal quickly or forfeit championship events being located in the Tar Heel state through 2022.
It's bad enough when misguided citizens, those sunk deeply in the muck and mire of worldly values, come out against what's clearly an irrevocable law of nature. But it's nothing less than a scandal that reaches heaven itself when clergy do it in God's name.
Not long ago I had a speaking engagement at a relatively small church in North Carolina when five families moved their membership that Sunday morning from another church nearby.