Publisher’s Perspective

Why You Should Have a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service and How to Prepare

Randy White In this Publisher's Perspective, I want to give a pastor's perspective.  I have been first and foremost a preacher for almost 30 years, always pastoring a local church, ranging from 25 people to 1200 people in weekly attendance. In these nearly three decades, I have always conducted a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service and found it to be one of the best tools for ministry available to the pastor. Preacher, if you choose to have a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, and do so [...]

By |2019-12-09T19:55:55-06:00December 9th, 2019|Categories: Christmas, Publisher's Perspective, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why Chick-fil-A-style Corporate Charity Should Be Discouraged

Randy White Corporate charity – the giving of large donations to non-profit organizations by corporate entities – is huge business. And 100% of it needs to go away. Here’s why. First, corporations are somewhat like governments: they do not really have any money of their own. All corporate money is really consumer money (that is: my money and your money). We selected a product – maybe a computer or a chicken sandwich – and paid a handsome amount of our money in [...]

By |2019-12-05T15:54:10-06:00December 5th, 2019|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|3 Comments

Thoughts From a Visit to the Mormon Temple Square in Salt Lake City

Randy White Traveling back from the Steeling the Mind conference in Ceour d'Alene, ID, my family and I spent a half day touring Temple Square and the LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, UT. Here are some of my thoughts, and pictures. Mormonism is clearly a non-Christian cult, but one has to listen closely to catch the subtle but fundamental differences between Christianity and Mormonism. Mormonism is King of the Hill at religious manipulation. They understand emotions, friendship, the power of [...]

By |2019-02-22T16:13:53-06:00February 22nd, 2019|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|Tags: , |1 Comment

The Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit?

The Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit?  A case for the King James Version Randy White Most people assume that Holy Ghost is simply an antiquated name for the Holy Spirit, and that Spirit is less ghastly than Ghost. In one sense this is true (for modern readers), but in another, there is a real advantage of speaking of the Holy Ghost rather than the Holy Spirit. Is Ghost too Ghastly? One of the major reasons people give for dismissing the KJV term [...]

By |2019-01-22T08:41:19-06:00January 21st, 2019|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|Tags: , |1 Comment

A Doctrinal Crises

Randy White There is a doctrinal crisis in the broader Christian world today. It is a crisis that is seen in Protestant, evangelical, and, to a lesser degree, in fundamentalist circles. It is a crisis that is rampant within denominational churches and a growing menace in independent churches. For several generations, doctrinal teaching has been out of favor. Today, the chickens have come home to roost. As I see it, the doctrinal crises has three roots. Problem 1: doctrine has been boiled [...]

By |2019-01-08T20:45:55-06:00January 8th, 2019|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|3 Comments

Questioning the Seminary Approach

Dr. Randy White In denominational (and many independent) churches, a master's level seminary education has been the de facto prerequisite for pastoral leadership for decades. Personally, I think it is time to question the assumption. Fallacies of a Master's Level Education A Master of Divinity degree is 90-plus hours of post-collegiate education. On average it costs $14,673 a year.  Surely it equips the best-prepared pastoral candidate, right? Well...not so fast! Fallacy #1: A Master's Level Education Confirms Biblical Knowledge Almost every seminary is accredited by [...]

By |2019-01-03T11:49:39-06:00January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Publisher's Perspective, Theological Education|5 Comments