- Published on September 16, 2016
I have just come off of several days on jury duty. This was my first time, so it was an interesting experience. The hours were long and sometimes mind-numbingly boring, but overall it was interesting to see our legal system at work from that perspective.
One very interesting fact was that the guidelines given to us as jurors actually included a dress code. We were to avoid wearing things such as shorts, halter tops, and immodest or overly-casual clothing. Why? We were to dress appropriately in order to show respect for the judge, the court, and the judicial process which goes on in the courtroom.
- Published on July 1, 2016
Evangelist Van Billingsly, currently in South Dakota, has had his vehicle break down.
"Seems like deja vu all over again! The alternator on my bus died again today. Last year a new voltage regulator fixed it. This time it will take more since smoke and sparks were flying out the front of it. I had to unplug it to stop the fireworks so I could make it to my next stop. This is a high output/high amp alternator which makes it a high dollar one. Please pray that the Lord will direct me to the best option in a timely manner. I may not be able to find a rebuild shop in this part of the country, so I will need to find the best deal on a proper replacement. Some options have run an unbelievable $1,800.00, but I have located some possibles around $700.00, but availability is an issue, especially during a holiday week."
- Published on June 23, 2016
Yes, there are other tools that help the young people in our families and churches, but "Sharpened Arrows" fills an important gap in the toolbox.
"Sharpened Arrows" is a digital publication edited by Pastor Simeon Western of Northside Baptist Church, Australia. As a Pastor's son, Simeon's desire in starting this publication was to encourage the next generation of young people to stand for Christ with a particular emphasis on (but not limited to) being a blessing to kids from ministry homes (e.g. pastors, evangelists & missionaries).
- Published on May 19, 2016
After decade-long resistance, the Southern Baptist Convention will admit missionary candidates who speak in tongues, a practice associated with Pentecostal and charismatic churches.
The new policy, approved by the denomination's International Mission Board on Wednesday (May 13), reverses a policy that was put in place 10 years ago.
- Published on May 6, 2016
Do the rights of boys who identify as girls trump the rights of girls who are born girls?
That question is at the heart of a lawsuit filed by dozens of Illinois parents after the Obama administration’s Department of Education strong-armed their school district into allowing a transgender student the right to use all girls’ locker rooms.
“The girls are mortified,” said Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Jeremy Tedesco, a religious liberty law firm representing some 50 families. “They are in a constant state of fear that their bodies are going to be exposed to a male in these settings. It’s a constant state of stress and anxiety for them.”
- Published on May 6, 2016
All through history, people have had to choose between acting according to principle and acting according to pragmatism.
When we act according to principle, we do what is right, regardless of the consequences.
When we act according to pragmatism, we do what we believe will give us the results we want to see. “The ends justify the means” is the ultimate in pragmatic philosophy.
Which is right? Do we act according to principle and endure possible shame, ridicule, and harm? Or, do we be pragmatic, doing what we need to do in order to get the results we want to see – regardless whether it violates our conscience, morality, or ethics?
- Published on October 22, 2015
It's easy to become "weary in well doing" during those long stretches of ministry when we don't see any fruit. We know intellectually that God did not call us to labor just when we "see" fruit, yet it is so encouraging when He does reveal something to us.
I Corinthians 4:4-5 tells us that we should not pass judgement on our work too soon.
For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
If we are doing what God wants us to do, then we are generating fruit, whether we see it or not. A faithless society and a faithless religion must see fruit to think it is accomplishing anything, but we set pragmatism aside when we step into the ministry roles to which God has called us.