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The Epistle of James is now Available!
Several weeks ago I announced that my entire series of sermon notes on the book of Hebrews was available on my website. Today I’m happy to tell you that all twenty-two lessons on the book of James are now posted. If you are unfamiliar about how to access these documents, simply click on Resources at the top of the Home page, and then on Articles. Look under Biblical Studies, and at the bottom of the list you will see both Hebrews and James. These twenty-two articles are essentially a verse-by-verse analysis of James. I hope and pray you will find them helpful in your life or ministry, or in both.
A Polish man impales himself with a screwdriver and doesn't know it.Read More ➔
Charismatic Renewal: 10 Suggestions for the Way Forward9
Charismatic Renewal: 10 Suggestions for the Way Forward
Here I focus on what the charismatic renewal needs most in order to move forward in a positive and God-glorifying way.Read More ➔
Charismatic Renewal: 10 Strengths and Weaknesses3
Charismatic Renewal: 10 Strengths and Weaknesses
Charismatic Renewal: 10 Strengths and Weaknesses It seems everyone has an opinion on what is known as the charismatic movement. I’m no exception. But in this article I want to focus on what I perceive to be both its strengths and weaknesses. In a subsequent post I’ll comment on what I think is most needed in the charismatic world for it to move forward to the glory of God. (1) The charismatic tradition has done well in emphasizing the role of authentic expe...Read More ➔
9 Things You Should Know about Duck Dynasty2
9 Things You Should Know about Duck Dynasty
Yes, I confess. I’m an unrepentant fan of Duck Dynasty. If you have no idea of what I mean, read this article, 9 Things you should Know about Duck Dynasty....Read More ➔
The Excitement and Stupidity of March Madness2
The Excitement and Stupidity of March Madness
The Excitement and Stupidity of March Madness If you aren’t a fan of college basketball here in the U.S., stop reading and go about your business. But if you enjoy the game as much as I do, read on. I’ve been tempted to write this for several years, but always resisted the urge lest I offend and upset my friends. But I can refrain no longer. So here goes. Deciding the national championship of college basketball based on a single elimination tournament is ut...Read More ➔
Slaves, Saints, and Sojourners (1)3
Slaves, Saints, and Sojourners (1)
When I started preaching through Philippians at Bridgeway Church here in OKC, I suspect that more than a few people wondered aloud about my decision actually to spend an entire sermon on the opening two verses of chapter one: “Sam, are you kidding me? You actually plan on preaching an entire sermon on the opening greeting of a NT epistle. Come on! Give us some biblical meat, something we can really chew on and apply to our lives, something that’s going to mak...Read More ➔
Why do some Protestants become Catholics?8
Why do some Protestants become Catholics?
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve been asked that question. Of course, I have to be careful in giving an answer, insofar as I can’t peer into the hearts and thought processes of another human. Only they know the true answer to that question. But let me venture a few thoughts. Notwithstanding the efforts of ECT (Evangelicals and Catholics Together), the divisions between Catholicism and Protestantism are long-standing and the reasons multi-f...Read More ➔
The Last Time there were Two (Three!) Popes5
The Last Time there were Two (Three!) Popes
A lot has been made of the fact that with Benedict’s resignation the Roman Catholic Church will have two popes for the first time in 600 years (technically speaking, of course, Benedict is no longer pope; but you get my point). To be more precise, it was during the time span of 1378-1417. I’ll briefly explain. The power of the papacy had surged under Innocent III (1161-1216), but suffered serious decline once Boniface VIII (1294-1303) came into office. Foll...Read More ➔
The Singing God has been released in a new edition!1
The Singing God has been released in a new edition!
My book, The Singing God (Passio; an imprint of Charisma Media, 220 pages), has just been released in a slightly revised edition. The most obvious difference is the new cover design, but I’ve also made changes that bring the book up-to-date in terms of stories, illustrations, and other matters. If you struggle with believing that God genuinely loves you, if you doubt whether God could ever take delight in a sinner such as yourself, or if the idea of actually exper...Read More ➔
How is the next Pope selected?8
How is the next Pope selected?
Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world when he announced that he would resign from his position as leader of the Roman Catholic Church. The process to select his successor is well underway, and news reports indicate that it officially starts today, March 12th. But how is it done, and should any of you bother to send your resume to the Vatican? You’ve probably heard a lot about something called the “Conclave,” which literally means “with a key”...Read More ➔