Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Word of God Sermon

This morning I preached a sermon entitled "The Word of God" at Browns Creek Church of God.  I've uploaded it to my YouTube Page, The Church of God Pulpit.  Click below to listen to the message.  (A box fan on the platform made a continual background noise on the original recording.  Through the audio editing software, Audacity, I was able to remove the noise but it distorted my voice slightly.)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Little Comic Relief

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Preaching Again at Browns Creek Church of God

On Sunday, August 30th, I'm preaching at the Browns Creek Church of God!  
Morning worship begins at 10:45 A.M.  If you don't have a church family how about joining us?

From U.S. Route 60 (Coal Mountain)

Turn onto Browns Creek Road (CR-1) and drive 2.7 miles.  The church will be on your left.

From Coal River Road

Turn onto Browns Creek Road (CR-1) and drive 2.1 miles.  The church will be on your right.

GPS Coordinates to Browns Creek Church  
N 38°21.950'

2550 Browns Creek Road
St. Albans, WV  25177

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Different Titles of a Pastor

In evangelical churches most know their minister by the title of "pastor."  It's a rich word that emphasizes one facet of the minister's role in the congregation.  There are multiple titles that apply to the same minister because his job is multifaceted.  Let's examine them together:

1. Pastor ποιμήν 

"Pastor" is Latin for "shepherd."  It evokes images of tender—though sometimes tough—care for the "flock," the local congregation.

2. Elder  πρεσβύτερος   

The word translated "elder" sometimes is simply transliterated as "presbyter."  Elder speaks of the authority of one that comes with age, maturity and seniority (whether literal or figurative).  When spoken of in a ministerial sense physical age is not a consideration.

3. Bishop  ἐπισκοπή  

The King James translates this term as "bishop" though modern versions tend to use "overseer."  It speaks of one who has the authority of supervision, of oversight.  In early Christianity it spoke of pastors; as Christianity developed it then took on the meaning of a hierarchical ruler over pastors in a given district.

4. Ruler ἡγέομαι

Some may translate the Hebrew writer's Greek with an English noun, such as "leader" or "ruler."  The Greek actually is in verbal form as shown by the King James Version:

Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. (Hebrews 13:17)

It speaks of those who rule and command with authority.

It is important to note that all of these terms for the same office—that of pastor—are terms of authority.  Far too often the American Church sees pastors as employees who are chaplains: those paid to marry 'em, bury 'em, visit 'em and comfort 'em but who have no real authority to command them.  This is a grievous error and a woefully ignorant view in light of the New Testament.

Monday, August 11, 2014

"What is Holiness?" by John Oswalt

Is This a "Fetus" or a "Baby"?

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Entire Sanctification: Session IV from the Rippling Waters Church of God Campmeeting Conference on "Spiritual Formation"

This was the fourth session of my class, "Spiritual Formation" that I taught at the 2014 Rippling Waters Church of God Campmeeting. The class was casual and informal. A Q&A followed after the session that I did not record.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Kenneth E. Jones on Dispensationalism

Yesterday I discovered (I think rediscovered) an article that the late Rev. Dr. Kenneth E. Jones of Mid-America Christian University wrote for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society.  Jones responded to a standard three volume work on Premillennial Dispensationalism by George N. H. Peters (1825—1909).  This set had been reprinted multiple times, showing its influence on Christian thought in the 20th century, so Jones critiqued the work.  It is entitled, "An Amillennial Reply to Peters: A Review Article."  This link will take you directly to a .pdf download.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Greg Hall: Stand for the Bible

Last night at the Rippling Waters Church of God Campmeeting Dr. Greg Hall, President and CEO of Warner University in Lake Wales, Flordia, preached a powerful sermon on the inerrancy and authority of the written word of God.  It encouraged my heart to see an educator so passionate in his defense of the Bible.  Dr. Hall challenged us to defend God's truth in print; a large crowd stood in front of the platform to "take a stand."

Worship services continue through Friday night at 7 P.M.