When It Comes To Preaching, Nobody’s Perfect... Almost

When It Comes To Preaching, Nobody’s Perfect... Almost

There is an important need for getting better with words as well as THE Word. The Lord can use the unskillful, but to be Biblically virtuous, we should develop the skills He delights to use, like communication and writing.

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How Scared Are You Of Being Misunderstood?

How Scared Are You Of Being Misunderstood?

There is, of course, wisdom in caring about how people understand you. Only “a fool uttereth all his mind”. And the wise are “slow to speak”, and “in the multitude of words there wanteth not sin”. But has the fear of being misunderstood become obsessive for Independent Baptists, like a mental tick? Has it forced us into utter silence among our peers and others? Is there a point at which the wisdom of being careful with words turns into selfishness because we’re afraid of looking bad or ignorant?

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What Keeps Me Busy?

What Keeps Me Busy?

I have unsaved friends and acquaintances all over the place. I work with them, do business with them, help them when they need it. They almost all still just know me as “Pastor Tom” no matter what my relation is to them. These are people that I have witnessed to more than once, and that I continue to try to influence for Christ. I’ve prayed with them, comforted them, served them, taught them, and more.

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Can God Use Men Who Are Not Natural Leaders?

Can God Use Men Who Are Not Natural Leaders?

We tend to think of born leaders as just aggressive, overzealous, and ambitious people, always whipping out their sword at the wrong time (John 18:10) or taking matters into their own hands (Luke 9:49, 54; Mark 3:17), but…

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Preaching Is Pure Restraint... Of Myself

Preaching Is Pure Restraint... Of Myself

So, how much do I "nail" things from the pulpit? Well, I'm afraid that "nailing" things is based on the presumptions that people don't get it, the Holy Spirit is incapable of telling them, and they can't come to the right conclusion without me telling them exactly what they need to do practically. Those seem like arrogant and uninformed presumptions. Some men just get enjoyment from straightening other people out.

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Book Review: The Unsaved Christian By Dean Inserra

Book Review: The Unsaved Christian By Dean Inserra

The Country Club Christian is consumeristic about church, fickle, and non-committal, and always has “one foot out the door”. This type sees church involvement as a one-way commitment. As long as the church is doing what they want they stay. They’re also selectively generous, giving to only certain missions needs but never actually evangelizing themselves. They also lack spiritual self-awareness. This means that they think they’re spiritual yet they do not grow and become more like Jesus at all.

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Weed-Worshipping Minister Of Alien-god Offspring

Weed-Worshipping Minister Of Alien-god Offspring

That process of ordination was precious to me. It’s kind of like my credential since I don’t have the Bible College diploma on the wall, which is arguably not as important. It was not without great effort and it means a lot to me that those preachers as well as all the people of my sending church decided, “We can get behind this guy”. The approval and moral support of all of them means the world to me because I respect each of them highly. It would crush my spirit to not have them behind me.

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Don’t Speak Like The Foreman if You’re Only A Laborer (Working for the Lord of Harvest)

Don’t Speak Like The Foreman if You’re Only A Laborer (Working for the Lord of Harvest)

My point is, had we based our calling on the usually accepted conception of “need”. We might not have come. We based our mission on the call of God, not on statistics or demographics. I don’t think people have the right to say where the needs are or are not. Only God does, because He knows things we don’t. As Lord of the harvest, He moves laborers as He sees fit. Don’t speak like the Foreman of the job-site if you’re only a laborer.

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Who Has The Hardest Job?

Who Has The Hardest Job?

I’m not sure why some people get caught up in the game of trying to figure out whose job is more difficult. Do some men think that’s manly? Some full-time pastors try to act like bi-vocational ones don’t fully understand the spiritual depth of full-time ministry. Some bi-vocational men try to act like full-time ministers are spoiled, soft, golf-addicts (I may be guilty of this one in the past). Some church members try to act like pastors don’t face similar risks for evangelizing that they do. Some pastors try to act like church members have it easy because they get to punch out at the end of the day.

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Compelling Reasons for Local Church Membership

Compelling Reasons for Local Church Membership

In my limited experience, people that scoff at the concept of local church membership are either rebellious and non-committal or they are wounded. The former are proud and just think themselves above being voluntarily accountable to anyone. The latter have had bad experiences with pastors and churches who tried to micro-manage their lives using unbiblical authoritarianism, brow-beating, and spiritual abuse all in the name of Hebrews 13:17.

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The Stochastic Gospel?

The Stochastic Gospel?

The word “stochastic” is used in contrast with the word “Deterministic”. Without getting too nerdy, I’ll briefly explain their use from a purely Radiological standpoint, and how they realistically illustrate the proper vs improper setting of spiritual goals.

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Disclaimers and the Christian Outrage Mob

Disclaimers and the Christian Outrage Mob

…They separate from you, not because you changed what you stand for, but simply because you stopped offering virtue-signaling disclaimers to them. They likely feel guilty that your unwillingness to play the game makes them look juvenile and foolish. Then they get mad at you. Then you become the brunt of their griping with whatever inequitable and uncharitable brethren they can find next.

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