The Carnal Mind

Paul wrote, "For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither can be" (Romans 8:6-7). Those who follow, even at a distance, the doctrines of Mr. Calvin, take these verses as proof that man, totally depraved from birth, cannot think a spiritual thought unless acted on personally by the Holy Spirit. This is a neatly drawn doctrine, having as its primary disadvantage the fact that it is not true.

The Moment Called Now

I am sure that you've had someone ask you right out of the blue, "Hey, what time do you have?" This question generally comes from a person who does not carry or wear a timepiece of any sort. I, being totally nuts about knowing what time it is, all the time, cannot imagine such a thing. Nonetheless, when asked such a question, we simply respond by telling the clueless one the time of day.

Wars and Rumors of Wars

Folks my age remember the sixties. That was a tumultuous epoch in the life of this country. The baby-boomers, my generation, had been born into and grown up through the unprecedented era of prosperity that followed World War II. Those were the days of the Cold War, which had been hot in Korea and was then hot in Vietnam. We were concerned about which way that war was going to go. Many things have been said about that war, but I am convinced that the verdict of history will be that the conflict in Vietnam was an important part of humanity's heroic struggle for individual freedom.

The Family And The Family

The Plan of Salvation

For people unfamiliar with us we can be a perplexing bunch. For instance, many religious folks have difficulty understanding what we mean when we say the word "church" not because it is an obscure doctrine, but because of the confused definition of the term in general use today. We may not like that folks don't understand us, but frustration is not productive. What we must do is practice 1 Peter 3:15. "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear."

Never Forget

In 1 Samuel 15 God charged King Saul with the responsibility of wiping out the people of Amalek. The instructions come through the prophet/judge Samuel who later had the duty of rebuking Saul. The king earned his rebuke by not doing as God had commanded him. God wanted the Amalekites utterly destroyed. Saul was taught that day "to obey is better than sacrifice" (1 Samuel 15:22).

Can We Be Good?

What makes somebody good? This is a tricky question. Remember that Jesus had a fellow ask him a question that went this way: "Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?"(Matthew 19:16). This man wanted a formula to follow and specific thing to do. Jesus answered him not to his liking. In the process of reply the Lord said this: "Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is God ."

Patience

Faith, Love, and Hope

When Paul spoke of faith, love and hope in 1 Corinthians 13:13 he used a different order, "faith, hope and love." The order here is from Colossians 1:3-5. In 1 Corinthians Paul made it plain that the greatest of the three was love. So it must be that the order he chose in Colossians is not one of lesser to greater. But he does use a different order and one wonders why.

Frailty

I have never viewed myself as physically frail. Indeed, when folks tell me that I need to slow down, or some such thing, I allow myself a little silent chuckle. I knew that I would not slow down. Didn't want to. Wasn't going to. End of story.