R.C. Sproul Jr. On the Real Battles We Face

I think this sums up the real difference we make as believers:

The real battles are these: Will I speak graciously to my children today? Will I have a grateful and cheerful heart about my neighbors, my fellow employees, those with whom I worship? Will I go to war against gossip, not by pointing out the gossip of others but by tending my own garden? Whether some evangelical superstar embraces some mystical prayer form is less important to the kingdom’s future than whether I will pray faithfully for that little girl with the brain tumor.

Read the rest of Sproul’s post, Someone Is Wrong on the Internet.

Obedience or Compromise (Which is Disobedience)?

In the book of Judges, God allows the wicked nations to remain in the land for a very specific reason. If you will recall, the book of Judges comes after Joshua’s leadership comes to an end. The people go through cycles of deep faith, falling away, coming under bondage, crying out for deliverance, and God faithfully raising up a judge to deliver them from bondage.

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Franklin Graham Has It Wrong on Trump


The false premise of our current political debate is that we have to vote for a less evil man in order to save the country.

Once again, after the latest debauch-fest by Trump is revealed, another evangelical leader came forth telling fellow believers we must vote for this Cretan. One of the reoccurring themes we have seen in this election cycle has been evangelical leaders, who absolutely chastised Bill Clinton while he was in office for his moral turpitude, now turning and supporting one who is just as morally depraved. These leaders are doing so have some inkling of hope in the Supreme Court, as if our hope is ever to be in the Supreme Court. In the process, they are losing legitimacy in their witness by selling out their values. I know they mean well. They are doing what they can to “save the nation.” And therein lies the problem. We are not called, anywhere in Scripture, to save the nation. We cannot save the nation.

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Tuininga on Abortion

From Matthew J. Tuininga’s blog post, Donald Trump and Sexual Assault: What Else Are Evangelicals Willing to Accept.

Abortion is a horrific, deeply rooted moral problem. Terrorism and violence seem to claim more lives every day. But every two minutes in this country another woman – or a child – is sexually assaulted. These are our wives. These are our children. These are our neighbors. What else do we have to say? Who else are we going to throw under the bus while claiming that all of this somehow helps us save the lives of the unborn? And can we really say with a straight face that hitching our wagon to Donald Trump is good for the cause and credibility of religious liberty?

Overturning Roe v. Wade is Not Our Primary Goal


When it comes to the battle for the right to life, one assumption that we make in the evangelical world is thinking that we must elect one degree of despot over and against another despot in order to get the Supreme Court we need to overturn Roe v. Wade. For those of you who are just waking up to social issues, Roe v. Wade is the Supreme Court ruling that legalized the murder of children in the womb of their mothers.

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Trump’s October Surprise

We should not have been surprised this would happen with Donald Trump. In case you have not heard, there are some tapes of him bragging about his sexual exploits, to the point that it sounds like he approves of rape. Some would say they don’t see him recovering from this.

I would say that this is what we should have expected. The Republicans wanted a rock star, and they got a rock star. Please don’t be surprised by the analogy. Stardom brings unrestrained behavior by its very nature. So we should not be surprised at the level of depravity we are discovering in Trump.

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Sunday Morning Coffee

My second cup of coffee is moments away from becoming empty as I sit looking out on my backyard where the leaves are falling and we are hearing our second train of the morning going through downtown. We love the sound of trains, especially on a morning like this one. It’s the LORD’s day, and because it is so, we are resting from our labors, looking forward to worship with God’s people.

After a long week, my mind is tired, my zeal is lacking, and now, my coffee is empty. But fortunately for me, my wife is filling my cup.

Now, on to the deeper things in life: breakfast!

If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord (1 Corinthians 14:37).


The Law of God — Simply Instructions In Which We Are to Live

Wilhelmus á Brakel writes:

The rule for holiness is the law of God… Torah, whic is the Hebrew word for ‘law,’ is derived from ‘hora’, which means ‘to teach,’ ‘to instruct.’ A law is thus a lesson or instruction in the way which one ought to go.

O, that we would learn the simplicity of God’s Law to us.  Far too often, we come to God’s law, thinking about how it restricts us, binds us, and keeps us from worldly pleasures. Yet, true contentment is found in God’s law, and obedience to the Lawgiver. His words to us are His guides for us. We are not restricted by keeping the law, but blessed in doing so.

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Questions That Don’t Need to be Asked

My wife and I, through normal conversations, have come up with questions that never need to be asked. I know this seems simple, because it is. There are just some things that when you give them some thought, don’t need to be asked.

“Do you want to cook steaks on the grill tonight?”

“What else do we need to eat tonight besides steak and salad?”

“Would you like a glass of wine with that?”

“Would you like some chocolate?”

“Should we smoke a cigar?”

What you are actually seeing is the anatomy of a date night for Heidi and me. This usually comes after we make the drive to Dallas to visit Trader Joe’s to pick out food for the week and flowers for the table.

As you can see, the simple things of life are the best of God’s blessings.



The Apostle Paul Says We Don’t Have to Boycott Target

Just about every six months or so, there is some group calling on all Christians to boycott company X or company Y, because the company supports some ungodly cause. For some, the boycott is cathartic in that it gives them the sense that they are doing something about the evil that persists in the world. But the reality for the believer is that we can still shop at Target, Starbucks, and even attend football games put on by the NCAA without damaging our witness as believers. There is no need to have our consciences bound by these new calls for righteousness, especially since our righteousness comes from Christ alone, not our boycotts of the wicked.

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