Everything listed under: Contemporary Issues

  • Gratefulness on Steroids

    Thankful for That?!2 Corinthians 2:14-17 Illust: The Apostle Paul spent roughly one-quarter of his missionary career in prisons. John McRay wrote in Christian History:Roman imprisonment was preceded by being stripped naked and then flogged—a humiliating, painful, and bloody ordeal. The bleeding wounds went untreated as prisoners sat in painful leg or wrist chains.

  • Life in a Hostle Culture

    Surviving and Thriving in a Hostile Culture: Life without Jesus John 15:1-16:15 IntroductionThroughout Scripture there are illusions to Jesus being the I AM. The Lord describes Himself in the following ways. He says ''I am the bread of life." Furthermore, He declares ''I am the light of the world," "I am the gate of the sheep," "I am the good shepherd," ''I am the resurrection and the life," ''I am the way,...

  • Local Church Statement on Homosexuality

    There are differences among evangelical churches and scholars regarding a Biblical view of homosexuality per se as well as the resultant stance and practice of a given church. However, nearly all agree that local churches and denominations must grapple with this issue. The following is a statement from one local church regarding this issue. POLICY STATEMENTDECLARATION OF THE MEMBERSHIP OF _______________________________, ____________INDIANA PERTAINING TO THE MATTER OF HOMOSEXUALITY AND SAME...

  • Family Planning

    Birth Control and Family SizeSubmitted Question: “What is the Bible’s view on birth control”? Same question stated expansively: “What is a Biblical view of family planning? Clearly abortion is sin.

  • Optimism and the Church

    Optimism and the ChurchRecently some thoughts in Wayne Mack’s book Life in the Fathers House re-energized me. As he discusses the importance of the local church and our relation to it, he makes the following apt observation.The truth that the church will always be built and blessed by God Himself provides a tremendous source of hope and confidence to us as Christians. It also presents a convincing argument for the idea that we should direct our energies and efforts primarily toward th...

  • At the End

    Final WordsFrom time to time, I enjoy reading books of a different flavor than standard fare in pastoral ministries. American Soldier by General Tommy Franks, given to me by my son, Scott, is one such work.Make no mistake; the book is rough in spots, depicting the real experience of soldiering. Nonetheless, a personal retirement letter written to GEN Franks captured my attention.Dear Tommy, Congratulations on your retirement from the US Army.

  • Death is Death

    DEATHDeath: the ending of all vital functions or processes in an organism or cell.Have you ever noticed our inadvertent tendency to sanitize death? We all do it. We refer to it “passing away” or “being ushered into glory” or “home-going” or “expiring” or “deceased.” Perhaps these are proper designations.