The Rev. E. R. Conder On Doubt

I came across this from Reverend E.R. Conder, in the 19th century Pulpit Commentary, on Psalm 86. It's wonderful and true: A strong trust can slay the darkest fears. Doubt distracts, agitates, unsettles, weakens (Jas. 1:8). A doubting temper, fond of dwelling on difficulties and objections, is fatal to unity of mind, heart, and will.... Continue Reading →

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For 3: ┬áContemporary False “Christian” Teachings

   1) Prosperity Theology I grew up around this one.  Its sheen is appealing, right?  Come on, who doesn't want to have money?  Who doesn't want to be healthy?  Who doesn't want to avoid rigorous Bible study and prayer and instead simply think positive thoughts and smile a lot? Prosperity theology is prevalent in the... Continue Reading →

Please Stop Gossiping, Christian

   Gossip is verbal homicide.   It slays people, relationships, and reputations.   Its destructiveness, like a nuclear disaster, can't really be measured for years.   It tears down individuals, marriages, churches, and families.  The Apostle James tells believers in James 3, "Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites. And the tongue is a... Continue Reading →

Text Messages on Uncomfortable Things

Last week, a friend of mine was challenged by an unbelieving buddy about killing that God allows or commands in the Bible, most particularly in some verses in Isaiah 13. "And like a hunted gazelle, or like sheep with none to gather them, each will turn to his own people, and each will flee to... Continue Reading →

When the One Who is Offended is Wrong

The words "offended" and "offensive" carry a lot of weight, a lot of cultural currency, in our day and place. For most 21st century Americans, if someone tells you what you just said was "offensive," the conversation stops, your heart speeds up, your palms get a little sweaty. You just did something terrible, and you're... Continue Reading →

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