The Masculine Gospel: All Girls Allowed


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Church Life, Galatians, Romans, The Gospel, Theology
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“Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God” (Gal 4.7). The gospel of Jesus Christ is decidedly masculine but it is neither discriminatory nor chauvinist.  In fact, the glory of the gospel is wrapped up in its masculinity rightly understood.  Given the context of […]

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March 8, 2017

Baptist Catholicism (What the Altar Call, Sinner’s Prayer & Pope Have in Common)


Baptism, Christian Life, Church Life, Romans, The Gospel
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The typical Baptist suffers from Catholiphobia: the fear of all things Catholic. We Baptists often know more about Catholics than Catholicism, which is probably true of any religious tradition.  We tend to define religious traditions by the few people we know who practice them rather that what that tradition has historically confessed. Nevertheless, it doesn’t take […]

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July 9, 2015

Moonlight Graham & Christ’s Field of Dreams


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Philippians, Romans, The Gospel, Theology
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Archibald Wright “Moonlight” Graham was a baseball player.  He was also a doctor.  He was immortalized in the classic American baseball film Field of Dreams.  And he can illustrate the glorious mystery of Christ’s incarnation. Moonlight Graham spent seven seasons in the minor leagues, even having a cup of coffee with the Memphis Egyptians in […]

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January 1, 2015

Don’t Stop Sinning


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Romans, The Gospel
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“…as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom 5.21). Christians use the stock language of “hating sin” and “killing sin.”  Those wanting to sound especially holy and smart speak of “mortifying sin.”  Sin is indeed an interloper in the Christian soul, a […]

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September 11, 2014

Yom Kippur and Graceland


1 & 2 Peter, Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Current Events, Hebrews, Romans, Theology
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Every Saturday The Commercial Appeal in Memphis publishes a “Faith in Memphis” section with a “Faith in Memphis Panel.”  The editor asks local religious leaders to respond to a current issue in the news.  That issue is usually about atonement when Yom Kippur rolls around each year.  Yom Kippur is the Jewish “day of atonement” […]

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September 14, 2013

Is the Pastor Irrevocably Called?


Church Life, Pastoral Ministry, Romans
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I recently resigned from my vocational pastoral position.  It’s a wonder Jesus entrusts his most cherished possession to the care of foolish men like myself.  That the church will survive into eternity can only be explained by the power of God. Naturally, I am sorting through exactly who and what I am these days.  Is […]

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March 6, 2013

The Church Isn’t a Commodity


1 & 2 Corinthians, Church Life, Psalms, Romans
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Bonhoeffer captured the heart of the royal priesthood (1 Pt 2.9): The Christian needs another Christian who speaks God’s Word to him.  He needs him again and again when he becomes uncertain and discouraged, for by himself he cannot help himself without belying the truth.  He needs his brother man as a bearer and proclaimer […]

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December 8, 2012

Don’t Stop Sinning


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Romans, The Gospel
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“…as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom 5.21). Christians use the stock language of “hating sin” and “killing sin.”  Those wanting to sound especially holy and smart speak of “mortifying sin.”  Sin is indeed an interloper in the Christian soul, a […]

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January 10, 2012