Why I Did Not Attend The Rally At The Frankfort Capital...

Aug 22, 2015 by

Thousands gathered at the Kentucky state capital on August 22 to rally behind three Rowan County clerks who have refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Even after receiving instruction from Governor Steve Beshear to “do your job or resign,” the clerks remained steadfast in their beliefs¬†and continued to turn away same-sex couples who applied for marriage licenses. Additionally, the clerks decided that in order to avoid discrimination of any particular group of people, they would simply not issue any marriage licenses, whether it be a heterosexual or homosexual couple. I elected to not attend the rally. Here’s why: First, and by far most important, is that I had a date with three children and one wife at Monkey Joe’s for a birthday party celebration. Deciding whether to attend a rally or keep...

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My Baptism Philosophy For Children...

Jul 29, 2015 by

I believe it is time for me to outline my personal baptism philosophy as it pertains to children who have professed faith in Christ. The reasons for the clarification are twofold. First, there is a growing discussion/debate among evangelical pastors as to whether or not churches should be baptizing children, and if so, at what age? Second, we have thankfully been baptizing a few children at GBC lately and my hunch is that some church members and parents are curious as to why I might be baptizing one child at a certain age but not baptizing another child who is the same age. Should We Baptize Children? Baptist churches have historically stressed the necessity of a personal encounter with God through Jesus Christ as the means by which conversion, baptism, and church membership are experienced....

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3 Things I’m Doing In Light of Planned Parenthood...

Jul 14, 2015 by

Today an undercover video was released of a Planned Parenthood official discussing in nauseating detail the process of aborting a baby to preserve its organs for medical research. While munching on a salad and sipping red wine, the official talks about “crushing” specific parts of the baby in order to save various organs, such as a liver, and the costs that would be associated with those available organs. Father, have mercy. My response to that video today has been surprising. On the one hand, my heart is broken for a world that is so lost and depraved. I am reminded that this lostness was my lostness, capable of the unthinkable, and if not for the grace of God most beautifully pictured in His Gospel, my heart would still be darkened to truth. Every second...

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Exegesis, Footloose, and the Reverend Shaw Moore...

Jul 1, 2015 by

Footloose (1984) starring a young Kevin Bacon is a phenomenal film. The subtext of this musical drama is quite inspiring and the filmmakers should be applauded for their success in taking an otherwise cheesy dance movie to an emotionally engaging level, even if they were not fully cognizant of the degree to which they were saying something rather profound. Most of the success for this deeper side of the film can be attributed to the Oscar worthy performance of John Lithgow as the Reverend Shaw Moore. A casual and perhaps clumsy viewer will make the mistake of viewing Shaw as a disgruntled clergyman out of touch with reality and serving no real purpose in the film other than to be one of Ren’s enemies, and an annoying conservative one at that. But there is...

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How Will The SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling Benefit Gay Couples?...

Jun 26, 2015 by

I have received a couple of phone calls today from curious church members inquiring on what the practical benefits of today’s SCOTUS ruling will entail. Since gay couples will no longer be excluded from legally recognized marriages in all fifty states, what does that mean for the individuals? Well, first and probably foremost, in the years of debating, marching, pleading, raising awareness, and all the rest for gay marriage advocates was the motivation to simply be legally recognized as the spouse of their partner. The hashtag on twitter for those celebrating the decision is #lovewins. As I said to one church member, you don’t see many hashtags that say, #finallywehaveallourfederalandstatebenefits. That is, of course, not to say that a leveling of the playing field for federal and state incentives and benefits for marriage were...

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My Convention Experience in Columbus and My Wife’s Upcoming Motions...

Jun 19, 2015 by

Andi and I recently returned from the 2015 SBC Annual Meeting in Columbus, OH and we couldn’t be more thankful. Here are a few highlights from our convention experience this year, followed by two important motions my blessed wife will be making at next year’s convention in St. Louis. 1. The preaching. Standing in the pulpit of Graefenburg Baptist Church every Sunday is probably my greatest passion, but it is important and necessary for me to be under anointed preaching. Andi and I were blessed by several sermons, but we were especially moved by James McDonald’s sermon on humility. I have a copy if you want to hear it. Powerful. 2. The family. It doesn’t take long at a convention meeting to truly feel like you are sitting in the middle of 5,000 family...

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