The Bible is very clear about God’s design for marriage being one man and one woman married for life.Â Unfortunately, divorce is not only rampant in our culture, but it is quite prevalent in our churches.Â At Trinity, the elders became increasingly burdened over the problem of some Christian marriages failing to thrive and situations where one or both partners refuse to work on their marital problems or remain faithful to their marriage vows and to Godâ€™s design for marriage.
â€œMarriage For Lifeâ€ is what we developed in order to properly extol marriage in our church and help marriages grow stronger so that they do not find themselves in crises.Â â€œMarriage For Lifeâ€ outlines the steps that the church and couples are taking in order to strengthen even the best of marriages as well as what the steps that will be taken in order to resolve even the severest of marital conflicts.
Our desire is that members of Trinity Baptist Church experience marriage as God intended, and thereby enjoy the blessings of God as well as testify to the world of the power of the gospel in their lives.
The ministry of the local church is being undermined by well-intentioned pastors and Christians who fail to understand the essential need for maturing Christians through the teaching of the Scripture or eitherÂ they are unwilling to stay committed to the somewhat unglamorous task.Â This lack of commitment to maturing believers, for which shepherds were given to the church can be fueledÂ by such things as: pastors who do not valueÂ continually maturing themselvesÂ in the word, and therefore do not value it in ministry; equate numerical or other more quantifiable measurements as the true earmarkÂ of “faithfulness” rather than trusting Scripture; have succumbedÂ to the same shallow trendiness that characterizes the fashion industry, or a host of less noble, albeit alluring reasons.Â Whatever is the reason, for the sake of the honor of Christ and the advancement of the kingdom, pastors must eschew the lure of other goals and purposes and passionately pursue the purpose God called them for.
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The role of a pastor is critical in God’s plan for the local church; consequently, his qualifications are paramount when considering who is qualified to serve as pastor and who is disqualified.Â While several characteristics are necessary for a man to be eligible to serve as a pastor, none seem to garner as much attention or debate as what the required marital status is for a man to serve as pastor. Â I believe the qualification â€œthe husband of one wifeâ€ (1 Timothy 3:2), means that a man is to be devotedly married to one woman for life.Â The only exception would be if she died, and then he could remarry and still be qualified.Â Therefore, it speaks to marital devotion as well as status.Â The following are the notes, which I base my interpretation on. Continue reading →
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A friend of mine was in a position of bringing philosophers, theologians, and scientists together.Â He heard arguments from evolutionary scientists arguing that the mere possible existence of God undermined science.Â He wrote William Dembski and me for a response. Continue reading →
I was asked to participate on a panel discussion at University of Oklahoma on the place of reason in the Christian faith.Â These are the notes that I used Continue reading →
I was asked to participate on a panel discussing the biblical teaching on homosexuality, and the following are my notes from that panel. Continue reading →
Everyone is influenced by mass media, but not everyone is aware of the bias in reporting and what causes the bias.Â What are some of the things that cause Media Bias?Â Continue reading →
I was asked to provide some questions for the moderator of a lottery debate in Oklahoma, and I suggested Continue reading →
Christians who believe that the autographs of the Scripture are without error use the term inerrancy to describe their belief; however, others place different adjectives with inerrancy in order to use the term without believing that the autographs are without error. Continue reading →