Publisher’s Perspective

Use the Heresy Label Rarely

With the growth of the internet has come a blessed ability for a Bible teacher's influence to spread out, beyond his local congregation. With this has also come the ability of pastors to watch other pastors. With this has come the growth of the "heresy" industry. There is almost no better way to increase your video-clicks than to accuse another pastor of heresy. His followers will listen, your followers will listen, (few minds will be changed), and viewership will increase. While I [...]

By |2021-01-17T23:37:49-06:00January 17th, 2021|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|Tags: |3 Comments

Why The Church Is In Doctrinal Crisis

Few would disagree that the church (in the larger sense of the word) is in doctrinal crisis today. Anyone my age or older knows that denominational designations used to mean something. Baptist churches were Baptist in doctrine, Methodist churches were Methodist in their doctrine, and Presbyterian churches were Presbyterian in doctrine. About 40 years ago, when churches first started removing the denominational designation from their names, the "old codgers" warned that the name goes first, the doctrine later. The "agents of change" [...]

By |2020-12-08T21:53:16-06:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|Tags: |6 Comments

Delivered From the Wrath to Come: Which Wrath?

Paul wrote some encouraging words to the Thessalonians in 1 Thessalonians 1:10- And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. The believers that made the Thessalonian church were converts to Judaism long before meeting Paul, and became not only faithful Jews but also gloriously saved "Messianic Jews" after meeting Paul. Long before meeting Paul they "turned to God from idols to serve the living and true [...]

By |2020-11-30T22:29:14-06:00December 1st, 2020|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|Tags: |4 Comments

Tax Exempt Status for Churches

This blog is in our Ministry Monday series. Read more articles for ministry by clicking here. Check back each Monday for more! The correct legal status for a church toward the government, especially in the area of taxation, is a matter of importance to local churches. This is true not only due to tax-exemptions, but also due to Government intrusion and control issues. Should a church have 501(c)3 status? Can a person claim a tax-exemption on donations to a church that does not [...]

By |2020-11-23T14:17:59-06:00November 23rd, 2020|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|Tags: |0 Comments

A Working Dad

Note: This is the fourth of a planned series of blogs on the family. Follow the Family Fridays tag in the future for more articles. With the risk of offending a good portion of the audience, and even a larger portion of society, I'll say that history has proven that a working dad and a stay-at-home mom is the best formula there is for raising healthy, happy kids. In these recent days of government overreach, however, the lines between work and home have [...]

By |2020-11-20T09:17:50-06:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|Tags: |2 Comments

Interpreting Parables: The Chief Subject of Parables

For an earlier post on common mistakes when interpreting parables, click here. The more I've studied New Testament parables, the more I am convinced of one thing: they are all about the same subject. That's right: parables in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are all about a singular subject. Every. Single. One. In fact, I'm so convinced of this that if I find a parable that is not about this subject, then I'm convinced I'm not reading a parable at all. Sadly, I spent many [...]

By |2020-11-17T23:14:08-06:00November 17th, 2020|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|Tags: |1 Comment

Interpreting Parables: Common Mistakes

A parable is a story or that could be true but the truth of the story is not the point. A parable has a truth about the work of God that is hidden from view and requires interpretation. The Bible is filled with parables. When we think of them, we mostly think of the parables of Jesus. However, Ezekiel was instructed to tell or display parables many times, and they are also found throughout the Bible. Nathan's story of the pet lamb [...]

By |2020-11-15T07:16:10-06:00November 17th, 2020|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|Tags: |3 Comments

The Pastor Dressed for Ministry

This blog is in our Ministry Monday series. Read more articles for ministry by clicking here. Check back each Monday for more! How a pastor dresses for ministry is something that has certainly changed, and drastically so, in the almost three decades that I have served as a local church pastor. In those early days, I would not have thought of wearing anything other than business attire to the office, and would have always had a suit when I was behind the pulpit. [...]

By |2020-11-15T21:31:49-06:00November 15th, 2020|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|Tags: |3 Comments

Take Your Children to Church

Note: This is the third of a planned series of blogs on the family. Follow the Family Fridays tag in the future for more articles. In my pastoral experience, taking your children to church is a huge parenting advantage. The belief that children cannot benefit from "big church" has been harmful to children and their families. Here are a few things both you and your children gain when you take your children to church. Children learn to sit quietly The best way to [...]

By |2020-11-13T20:49:30-06:00November 13th, 2020|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|Tags: |0 Comments

Is a Confessional Statement a necessity?

In most denominational circles a confessional statement or a creed (with their marginal differences) are sacred holy cows, not to be questioned. Their presence saves the denomination from doctrinal drift and error, or so the parrots tell us. But is this the case? A little Baptist History I have a Baptist background, so I know Baptist history better than other groups. However, I suspect that the Baptist dealings with confessional statements is true of most in the free-church movement (a free-church is [...]

By |2020-11-12T10:52:52-06:00November 12th, 2020|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|Tags: |0 Comments
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