About

My name is Timothy J. Hammons, and I am a pastor/teacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I subscribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith and take no exceptions (this means that I do not disagree with any of the doctrines found in the WCF).

The LORD blessed me with a wonderful wife, Heidi Ann, in March of 2015. We have two sons and two daughters that we spend as much time with as we can… and … two precious grandchildren.

We also have two Bela sharks, two Black Mollies, two guppies, and one very introverted algae eater.

 

Please note that all photos appearing in the banner are copyrighted Timothy J. Hammons 2018.

 

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35 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello again, Pastor Hammons. I love your blog more the more I dig into your archives. We have a lot in common: I’m a native Texan (Dallas), one of the world’s oldest & most devoted Aggie fan (my brother graduated class of ’56, I can sing you every word of all the songs and yells), my son served in the Coast Guard, R.C. Sproul’s “Chosen By God” crystalized my thinking on Calvinism and I’ve given away many copies.

    I just read your Feb.2012 article on Limited Atonement and want to add a verse I’m astounded to say I’ve never seen in any list of Calvinist “proof texts” and wonder if you agree that it’s a rather decisive one.

    A few years ago I was at my grandkids’ little Christian school (I’m the volunteer pianist/choral director when one is needed) during a rehearsal for the Christmas program. It was a good program that the school has done more than once, using only Bible passages as its script. Sitting at the piano I was watching a teacher work with a first-grader whose sole responsibility was Luke 2:14. The translation being used was the NIV, and as I watched the little guy struggling with “…. and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests”, I (a KJV-lover, though in no way a KJV-Only-er, and one who harbors deep suspicion of the NIV because of the word “mixed” instead of “hid” in the Mt. 13 parable of the leaven) wondered where on earth THAT came from, and why not have mercy on the kid and let him off with the KJV’s highly-attenuated verse.

    When I returned home I looked in my “Twenty-Six Translations of the NT” (that was before I owned a computer) and lo & behold: the KJV is a lonely outlier. Jesus’ very “birth announcement” seems to make no bones about what He had come to accomplish. http://bible.cc/luke/2-14.htm

    Kindest regards,
    PHB

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    • Hi Phoebe,
      Thank you, I’m glad you enjoy my blog! That is encouraging.

      Yes, that is one of my favorites as well. So many fail to see it because of the Christmas carol that gives us the KJV translation. But the new translation is better and more true to the text. One of my Greek professors pointed that out when I got to DTS and that was the beginning of my move to Calvinism. 🙂

      Blessings
      Timothy

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      • The ESV is my new favorite translation. It seems to retain all the beauty and familiarity of the KJV (so important, I think, since all the great music & literature of the church is based on the KJV), and corrects some of its deficiencies; e.g., Luke 2:14. It also meets my first test of any translation: “hid” (or “buried”; giving the accurate sense of a surreptitious act, “secreting”) and not “mixed” in Mt. 13:33. What do you think of it? Do you have a favorite translation? (If there’s a discussion of translations in the archives, please point me to it.)

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      • Thank you for the time you take to engage people Timothy. I was born a Calvinist in Amsterdam in 1945. I am now invited to preach at Baptist and Adventist Churches. I don’t know how that happened but I accepted.

        I do this because Christians have never been sufficiently united to ensure that Christianity will be sustained. Sadly, we are losing to Islam. Despite the many blessings we have had since the Reformation, we have squandered those blessings. Christianity is rapidly declining and the forces of Satan are clearer by the day.

        The Bible is a manual of love. Every time a believer searches for the truth, God reveals it either through the old testament or through the explanation of the old testament in the new testament. We were given the opportunity to build on that love by communicating with each other rather than to take the easy way out and to fragment into a multitude of denominations and sub-denominations that each feel superior to the other.

        God reveals Himself to any who care to call on His name. It does not require a university degree. It requires the ability to love. It requires a sincere thirst for the truth. When a person has that, then God will answer that prayer. It is not something that we can control. We are only agents.

        It is therefore doubtful if we can persuade people with logic as Calvin tried to do. Jesus Kingdom was not of this world. It was a world in which the fabric is love, not science. It is a world we don’t fully understand but a world we can clearly see when our eyes are opened.

        I fear that the end of the world is upon us. Whether it is or not depends only on God. However, we need to make this time, the finest hour for Christianity. Despite the incredible odds we face, we need to unite in a demonstration that we finally understood the meaning of love. We need to make disciples of Muslims even when they try to kill us.

        This is the Great Commission without any sugar coating. Who is on the Lord’s side?

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  2. Hi Phoebe,
    The only article I have concerning translations is one against KJV only people:
    https://timothyjhammons.com/2010/01/27/kjv-only/

    The KJV only people are quite a challenge for those of us open to other translations since they are unwilling to the possibility of another translation. Their danger is that they have set up a false standard of righteousness and will gladly use it to look down upon other believers. Sad… very sad.

    I use the NKJV currently, and have heard a lot of good things about the ESV. But since I have the NKJV, which was given to me upon my graduation from DTS, I will continue to use it until it falls apart. 🙂

    I wasn’t aware of the issues with Matthew 13:33, so I can’t speak to that.

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  3. Hi I have commented on several of your posts. I shared my background in CS. I feel like I am sometimes drowning in a sea of of CS family and friends. I am the blacksheep because I am a sinner and believer in Christ. I live in STL in the hotbed of the CS community. Could you maybe share a post of how you shared with other CS people in your life? Or maybe email me about how I can better witness or explain my point. TRUST you me….I have gone to extensive measures to share my faith and it’s on my heart all the time. I recently shared to family that I will no longer attend the CS church on holidays with them. World War 3 is about to happen 🙂 I am not grateful for MBE or Christian Science and feel sick being in a room where others are. It just brings up anger that I am not capable of maturely handling at this time in my life.

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    • Hi Ashley. WW3 has started. It is clouded by deception. However, you can see the invasion of Muslims into Europe. These are men between 20 to 40 years old. They are not refugee families. Places in Europe are already no go zones, Some are burning. Sharia law is being implemented in various locations. In a year or so, civil war will be unavoidable. However, the Obama agreement with Iran has more serious implications.

      This is a time when we need our Church Family. We need support and we can be very effective in being witnesses.

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  4. Hey, feel free to delete this after you see it / read it. However, you are always so kind as to read and comment on my blog (OnePointSafety.com) that I wanted to share another one of my blogs with you. It is the LOACBlog.com Not sure if the subject material will interest you or not, but I just wanted to share.

    Thanks! Gig’em!

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  5. Great article. I have heard Pastor Timothy preach and he was born to preach. Since he can not preach now, Praise the LORD that he has this outlet . He speaks truth to all areas of life, which is so refreshing. BTY, Timothy, you have 2 -two- boys not to boys.

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  6. Hello 🙂 I wanted to comment on the photo you submitted to Monochrome Madness but I couldn’t find it readily here so I hope you don’t mind me posting my comment here. 🙂 It’s a wonderful B&W and I’m assuming that you love your boys! I see a lot of them when I was looking at your blog. Thank you for participating!!

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  7. Heidi Triskatold me about you …just so you know who I am. I just wanted to extend to you my regards over the death of your brother. My heart is with you in your loss. But from what it sounds like that you wrote about him he’s with the Lord and so according to the Epistle to the Thessalonians we have great cause to be rejoicing for him. It looks like you have a lot of good stuff on your blog …I’m glad to see the law and gospel preaching. The Lord be with you.

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  8. Hi Timothy, I appreciate your latest article against Ann Voskamp and Sarah Young and would like to share it with others but I always want to know who I am endorsing by sharing their article.

    So will you please take a moment to email me or update your blog to give us more detail about your biblical education/training? Degrees? Seminary? And also your religious beliefs? I’m gathering from scanning your blog you might hold to the WCF? Not sure. And be Calvinistic? If yes, what denomination please? PCA? OPC? URC? Thanks!

    Your sister in Christ,

    Psyche

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  9. Hey, Tim. Long time no argue. I see you have a new home, new hat and new wife since we last spoke! I hope all is well. I thought of you this morning for some reason, and thought I’d look you up to say hey, and thanks. It was largely you, Neil and a few others who drove me to seminary in 2009-2014. Now ordained in the United Church of Christ and serving a PCUSA church. I seriously could not have done it without y’all. Bless you and yours. — rick

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    • Hi Pastor Mize,
      Never thought I would write that. 🙂 Thank you for the blessings, and did you realize you are the third, ex-TRN reporter to end up being pastor of a Presbyterian church? You, me and Matt Curry. He is the senior pastor at Central Presbyterian here in Waxahachie. I never met Matt, but thought you might know him. I may drop in a meet him this summer when school is out (I’m actually teaching/babysitting in the government schools for now).

      Also, for some reason, I was thinking about you the other day as well. Glad things are going well.
      Grace and peace!

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  10. Hello Pastor Timothy,

    Please feel free to delete this comment after reading (or before, as it is your blog).

    I attend Dallas Theological Seminary, but have no connection to it prior my registering for classes. I came out of the Evangelical Covenant denomination, but even within that denomination was not greatly aware of the “wider world” we’ll say, in regards to the incredibly breadth and depth of divisions between different groups of people claiming to be Christians (he said, carefully). I grew up very rural/semi-rural, where practicality took precedent over analysis and contemplation (I like both sides).

    With that said, I would love to hear your perspective on Dallas Theological Seminary as the only people in my circles either do not know it, or are very much for it. Correct me if I am wrong, but from reading several of your pieces here on your blog I am guessing that you are not a fan, or perhaps, short of declaiming DTS, simply don’t find the institutional “flavors” palatable.

    Either way, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

    Thank you for your time and patience!

    in Christ,

    Colby

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    • Hi Colby,
      That would take a while. I’m glad I went there, but in hindsight would have preferred RTS in Jackson, MS.I have distanced myself from DTS for theological and practical reasons. But it might be better if we actually got together over a cup of coffee from Starbucks to discuss it. You might track me down on FB.

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  11. Timothy, I just ran across your Aquila Report article (good stuff). I don’t know how dated your bio is about being in North Texas, but if you still are and are looking for a Confessional Presbyterian church to attend while awaiting a call, I invite you to Lakewood PCA in Dallas. I am its unexceptional pastor. And one of our REs is an Aggie.

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  12. “heinous revelry?”

    Brother in Christ, couldn’t you just have said “this practice of some other Christian denominations?” That’s rather self-righteous, isn’t it?

    In my faith, I asked Sister in 3rd grade whether my other Christian friends, who didn’t attend my church, could get to heaven. I was told they could, if they were true to their faith. Later in life, I asked a Utah’s senator’s son whether his religion believed other denominations could get to heaven. His answer was no. I had more confidence in the teachings of my church in that moment than ever before in my life.

    Some would look at the images you have taken and publically displayed of your children, and of the fixture adorning your exterior wall as heinous revelry and idolatry. I wouldn’t, but you understand that some Christian believers would.

    Sir, one day Joe Smith decided to build a church. Another guy, John Smyth, decided to do the same. Before them, in year 1533, a guy named John Calvin did the same. Remember Peter and upon this rock I build My Church. Remember I am the Alpha and the Omega. No one else.

    Enjoy your heinous revelry and your self-righteous indignation. Rather you put that aside and believe that it’s better to be on God’s side, than to believe He is on yours.

    Have a blessed Lenten season. Or ring a bell or cast aspersions or whatever you’d like to continue. Thank you for believing in our Lord and Savior. I’d advise not casting the first stone, brother. Judge not as heinous, lest ye look in the mirror.

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  13. Looking forward to reading your future posts as well as the “already posteds.” Like a lot of “kids” of the 70’s, I was lifted from a “because we’re Baptist” upbringing into the excitement of the Jesus Movement. I did come to know Christ as Lord and Savior in an absolutely real relationship but there were a lot of superficial trappings and attractions that actually stunted my growth as a young Christian. I won’t go into details, but over the past decade, many of my ideas have been checked/challenged by observing the life and ministry of our middle son – a Reformed Presbyterian Minister! I want to be right in what I do, how I worship and in the place the Scriptures need to have in my life. This is not at all what I would ever have predicted, but I may be on my way to becoming an RP member . . . like my son!

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    • Hi Marc,
      Welcome to the family.

      When I was slowly coming to the Reformed understanding of things, I was walking through the halls of a Reformed Presbyterian church and a dear brother saw me, said the same thing, then gave me a big hug. We both laughed at God’s providence.
      Many blessings.

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  14. Hi Timothy,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Theology That Matters has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Theology Blogs on the web.

    http://blog.feedspot.com/theology_blogs/

    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Theology Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.

    Best,
    Anuj

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  15. I just read this blog on “Thoughts That Matter” and I truly loved it. I always want to grow and learn more and more and more. I certainly did when I read this.

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