Paul Scharf

We Must Emphasize Prophecy—to the Extent that Scripture Emphasizes It

(Read Part 1) We continue our discussion about ministry philosophy and the temptation to compromise with regard to it. I want to challenge pastors and spiritual leaders to think deeply about these issues—and not go down that road of compromise. Last time we began looking at nine troubling ideas in this regard. The first of those was: There is a tendency to reach the youth at the expense of the truth. We often hear the plea to tone down truth because of [...]

Returning to My Ministry Roots

Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it. (Col. 4:17) The last two years have been a time of returning to my ministry roots—in the IFCA International.[1] Back in the summer of 2015 (shortly before I first heard of the idea of Dispensational Publishing House), I was invited to speak at the Wisconsin IFCA Regional in October of that year, where I delivered five messages on the book of Daniel, applying the prophet’s [...]

We Must Reach the Youth—with the Truth

The issue that we are going to be dealing with in this series of articles is a philosophy of ministry issue. As we develop a philosophy of ministry, we must realize that it will impact all that we do in our ministries. And when we seek to implement a Biblical philosophy of ministry, we will quickly perceive that there are voices in the church which propose concepts that actually lead us away from Biblical truth. Certainly, this is a hot-button issue within the body of Christ today. What [...]

Wednesdays with White

Editor’s Note: We are taking a break this week on the blog from offering a new article by Dr. Randy White. Instead, we are providing a publishing update and a look behind our purpose in bringing you this material. Lord willing, we plan to resume next week with Dr. White's ongoing, foundational series, called Understanding Dispensations. We hope that these posts will continue to be a blessing to you. Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not [...]

Traveling to Emmaus

By PAUL J. SCHARF, M.Div. Editor in Chief Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. (Luke 24:13) Hopeless. Helpless. That is how they felt as they began their journey away from Passover in Jerusalem on that first Easter Sunday afternoon. We know nothing about them except one of their names—Cleopas (Luke 24:18; cf. John 19:25)—and that they were "sad" (Luke 24:17). The entirety of their view of life at [...]

Father, Forgive Them

By PAUL J. SCHARF, M.Div. Editor in Chief There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. (Luke 23:32-33) The crowd that had gathered was growing larger and the scene was becoming more intense. The atmosphere was fueled by a mixture of curiosity, disgust, hatred and raucous jubilee. They [...]

Concluding Thoughts & Resources for Further Study

(Read Part 7) Editor’s Note: For the conclusion to this blog series—Dispensationalism 101—I interviewed Dr. Parker Reardon and asked him to expand on his views on dispensationalism, as well as on the “Resources for Further Study” that he includes at the bottom of this final article. He shared a number of interesting thoughts, and we also discussed our plan to expand this series into a more substantial resource to be published by Dispensational Publishing House. Be watching for that—and hopefully for more material [...]

A Dispensational Discourse with Mark Musser

By PAUL J. SCHARF, M.Div. Editor in Chief Editor’s Note: Springtime is here—and with it come celebrations like Earth Day and Arbor Day. This begs the question: How should Christians view their responsibility to care for the Earth? Also, how should we respond to the vast and growing environmentalist movement that seems to desire ever-expanding control over so many areas of our lives? For a response, we turn to pastor, missionary, professor and author Mark Musser, whose book Nazi Oaks has created a [...]

‘The Middle East Meltdown’ on ‘Prophecy Watchers’

Editor's Note: Dr. Andy Woods is the author of Dispensational Publishing House's very first published volume, The Middle East Meltdown. Andy first appeared on the television program Prophecy Watchers with host Gary Stearman late in 2016 to talk about his new book. Then he was back on the program just recently to speak further about the issues behind the book. We have updated this post in that light and trust that you will find both of these interviews to be enlightening and encouraging. And the word of [...]

Chafer Theological Seminary: An Interview with the New President—Dr. Andy Woods

Editor’s Note: I first heard the name Andy Woods about 10 years ago, when he was interviewed on a CD by the late Dr. Mal Couch. I immediately sensed that we saw the world through the same lenses, and began listening to his material every time I came across it. What a privilege it is now, therefore, to work directly with Andy through Dispensational Publishing House and to be the first to present a major interview article about his brand new role [...]