Lessons From A Founder

Early in my ministry, I followed pastors who were involved in ministerial misconduct. Some were guilty of inappropriate relationships with females. Some were guilty of embezzling finances. To some degree, it was easy to follow someone who had lived immorally. The bar was not very high as far as expectation. To be sure, there were […]

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The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

Several weeks back, my mom was involved in a somewhat serious car accident. The accident, which very easily could have taken her life, resulted in a fractured pelvis and tibia. Over the past month or so, she has been institutionalized in a nursing home for rehab and healing. I had the privilege of traveling back […]

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The Key at Home Depot

Several weeks ago, our daughter April was given a very simple task.  We asked her to go to Home Depot and have a couple of keys made for us.  Home Depot is located just a few miles from our home, and the cost of the keys was minimal.  But what was intended to be a […]

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Fake News

For nearly 30 years, I have watched a particular network for my source of evening news coverage. Over the last few months, however, I have become increasingly disillusioned with this outlet, for now, more than ever, it seems that it has an ax to grind. I have known since high school, having been introduced to […]

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April In February

Once again, it is February in Rhode Island, and once again we are buried in over a foot of snow.  Church services at times have to be cancelled due to inclement weather.  Often we are trapped in our homes until the plows make it through our neighborhood.  Cabin fever is real.  Skies are often gray.  […]

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Horton Helps A “Who?”

Monday morning I will have yet another opportunity to teach an annual grad course at Pensacola Theological Seminary. As the annual time approaches, I am reminded again of the numerous courtesies that the Campus Church, Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola Theological Seminary, and Pensacola Christian Academy have showered upon this preacher. I am grateful. That gratefulness […]

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He’s Still Here

More than any other time, I love Christmas!  Perhaps it is because I was born in December.  Perhaps it is because I have fond memories of growing up in Ohio sipping warm chocolate overlooking mounds of lake-effect snow.  Perhaps it is because it is one of the few times each year when my wife and […]

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Your Best Recommendation

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Recently, I was on the planning committee to honor someone who was certainly worthy of recommendation. A fellow responded to our recommendation by saying, “Well, I have done that too.” And in that moment, we all hung our heads, for this fellow (who certainly was a capable individual) lost our respect by nominating himself. As […]

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The Fear of Beer

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Several weeks ago, while in Ohio, I had the privilege of attending a Cleveland Indians ballgame with my father. At the start of the game, the announcer at Progressive Field said, “And now, ladies and gentlemen, it is time for the two most important words in all of sports.” But before he could say, “Play […]

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The Irony of a Calvinistic Sales Pitch

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Several years ago, when I wrote The Great Rift, I argued that John Calvin was greatly impacted by the humanist lawyer Andreas Alciati.  Calvin’s early introduction into humanism did much to color his theology.  Indeed, many Presbyterian authors have argued that Calvin was enamored with humanism and humanist scholars.  It is not surprising, therefore, that […]

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The Lesser of Two Evils

Often we seem in life to be presented with what is commonly called “the lesser of two evils.”  Rahab, for example, was confronted with the choice between deceiving the Canaanites or exposing the Israeli spies.  She chose to deceive the Canaanites and is championed as a hero of faith because she had the discernment to […]

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Reflections On Super Tuesday

As I have been watching the presidential primary results, I have some concerns on this Super Tuesday, and those concerns largely pertain to the way evangelicals have been voting.  The endorsements of key evangelical leaders seem to be the very antithesis of Bible principle.  More than one evangelical leader has stated, “We are electing a […]

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A Tale of Three Cities

A Tale of Two Cities is a famous novel written by Charles Dickens in 1859 to contrast life in Paris with life in London during the time of the French Revolution. With sales of about 200 million, A Tale of Two Cities is the biggest selling novel in history. Dickens began the famous novel with […]

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Here We Go Again

  Last night, it was my privilege to have Pat Creed as a guest speaker. If my count is correct, this is at least the sixteenth time that my dear friend has spoken for me. Most of these speaking engagements would have been to keynote an annual faith promise booster Sunday. Pat has helped various […]

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A Respons To Today’s SCOTUS Ruling On Same-Sex Marriages

In 1988, nearly 80% of the American public thought that sex between two people of the same gender was always wrong, but by 2013 that number had fallen 45%.  Today, the Supreme Court of the United States reflected the sentiment of this cultural shift and voted five to four that the Constitution guarantees a right […]

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