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Apr 2019 29 Apr 29, 2019

[Today’s article is for sports fans. The rest of you may wish to look elsewhere for your Monday morning edification!] Another of my childhood heroes has passed away. The Boston Celtics announced this past Thursday night (April 25, 2019) that John Havlicek (affectionately known as “Hondo”) had died at the age of 79. I’ve been a sports fan all my life. My dad and I shared multiple incredible experiences together as he supported me in my athletic p...Read More

Apr 2019 25 Apr 25, 2019
Apr 2019 24 Apr 24, 2019

In countless churches here in OKC and throughout the country, people gathered last week to observe what we call Good Friday. You will notice that I did not say they gathered to “celebrate” Good Friday. There is a long-standing tradition in evangelical, and especially liturgical, churches that Good Friday should be approached with sobriety and sadness. If there is one word that would appropriately describe the mood of Christians on Good Friday it is somber. I...Read More

Apr 2019 22 Apr 22, 2019

Yesterday, Christians all around the world celebrated one of the foundational truths of their faith, the bodily resurrection of Jesus. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, “we are of all people most to be pitied” (1 Cor. 15:19). And yet, many continue to doubt if this actually occurred. Perhaps you are one of those who appeal to a variety of explanations for the empty tomb. Let’s consider the many reasons why some doubt and others simply deny that Jesus...Read More

Apr 2019 18 Apr 18, 2019

I was recently asked by the hosts of The Laymens Lounge to answer a few questions about the Christian faith. I thought you might enjoy my answers. 1. What is the “Gospel” and what practical implications does the Gospel make in my everyday life? I believe the Gospel is the gloriously good news, indeed the very best news, that God has graciously done everything necessary, at great sacrifice to himself, through the sinless life, penal substitutionary and sacri...Read More

Apr 2019 17 Apr 17, 2019
Apr 2019 15 Apr 15, 2019

There are so many fascinating, intriguing, and appealing things about Jesus that one hardly knows where to begin. But let me try. When I peruse the gospel accounts of the life and ministry of Jesus, several things virtually leap off the page. For example, I try to envision what it would have been like to sit under the teaching of Jesus. How would I have responded? My sincere hope is that I would have responded the way the multitude did after Jesus concluded his Sermon o...Read More

Apr 2019 10 Apr 10, 2019

If you plan on being in Oklahoma City on Friday, April 18, I want to invite you to join us for our traditional “Good Friday” service at 6:30 p.m. in our auditorium. I would also encourage you to invite friends and family members who may not know Jesus and his saving love. This will be a wonderful time for them to hear a short and pointed presentation of the gospel. So, why do we speak of the Friday when Jesus was brutalized and crucified as good? It would al...Read More

Apr 2019 8 Apr 8, 2019

The conflict between the so-called Word and Spirit camps is not one supported by either God’s Word or the Holy Spirit. I’m shocked by how often Christians forget that it is the written Word of God that encourages us to pursue spiritual gifts and commands us never to forbid speaking in tongues, while it is the Spirit of God who is responsible, by inspiration, for every theological truth that the Bible affirms. This division is not one that the Bible would eve...Read More

Apr 2019 5 Apr 5, 2019

In a recent blog article at the Gospel Coalition website, Justin Taylor drew attention to some shocking statistics cited by Mark Noll in his book, The New Shape of World Christianity: How American Experience Reflects Global Faith (IVP Academic, 2009). I thought you would find this fascinating, as I do. Here is what Justin wrote. It is as if the globe had been turned upside down and sideways. A few short decades ago, Christian believers were concentrated in the global n...Read More

Apr 2019 4 Apr 4, 2019

I woke up this morning, as did you, and as all people do each day of their lives, with an unshakeable, inescapable, relentless longing for joy. I can’t wash it from my skin in the shower or hold my breath in hopes that it will disappear. Psychological catharsis will not drive it from me. Willpower will not suppress its influence. And contrary to much so-called “Christian” counsel, I should not exorcise its presence or pray for its defeat. There is in o...Read More

Apr 2019 1 Apr 1, 2019

On Sunday, Christmas Day, 1904, Dr. G. Campbell Morgan, pastor of Westminster Chapel in downtown London, England, delivered a somewhat unusual sermon. Contrary to his normal practice of expounding a passage of Scripture, he proceeded to tell his people about the remarkable things that the Holy Spirit was doing at that very time in Wales. G. Campbell Morgan was a perceptive man, a conservative, sane, balanced, and highly respected pastor. Having heard that revival had br...Read More