I am often asked about the co-existence of God’s sovereignty and man’s free choice. recently, I briefly answered a couple of questions regarding this.
The Bible is very clear about God’s design for marriage being one man and one woman married for life. Unfortunately, divorce is not only rampant in our culture, but it is quite prevalent in our churches. 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 God’s design for marriage.
“Marriage For Life” 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. “Marriage For Life” 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 either they are unwilling to stay committed to the somewhat unglamorous task. This lack of commitment to maturing believers, for which shepherds were given to the church can be fueled by such things as: pastors who do not value continually maturing themselves in the word, and therefore do not value it in ministry; equate numerical or other more quantifiable measurements as the true earmark of “faithfulness” rather than trusting Scripture; have succumbed to the same shallow trendiness that characterizes the fashion industry, or a host of less noble, albeit alluring reasons. 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.
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. 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. I believe the qualification “the husband of one wife” (1 Timothy 3:2), means that a man is to be devotedly married to one woman for life. The only exception would be if she died, and then he could remarry and still be qualified. Therefore, it speaks to marital devotion as well as status. The following are the notes, which I base my interpretation on. Continue reading →
I was asked to participate on a panel discussion at University of Oklahoma on the place of reason in the Christian faith. 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 →
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 →