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Aug 2021 6 Aug 6, 2021

I recently recorded a podcast with Jeff Medders of the Acts 29 network. We talked extensively about the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts. I think you’ll enjoy it. You can find it here....Read More

Aug 2021 6 Aug 6, 2021

Perhaps you saw an article that appeared online recently in which Mackenzie Morgan, a worship leader at Refine Church in Lascassas, Tennessee, announced that she and her church would no longer sing songs that come from Bethel Church in California or Hillsong Church in Australia. After examining some of the teaching from both Bethel and Hillsong, she concluded that to sing any song that originated with or was composed by someone from either of these local churches was dan...Read More

Aug 2021 5 Aug 5, 2021

As I read the Bible, I’ve often tried to envision myself in the position of certain characters, especially those who experienced profound supernatural encounters with the Lord. How would I have reacted? Would I have been puffed up with an inflated sense of my own importance? Or would I have felt crushed by the immediate disclosure of my own comparative insignificance? Or would I, preferably, have been so captivated by the brilliance of God’s glory that thinki...Read More

Aug 2021 2 Aug 2, 2021

What are we to make of the many claims made by certain individuals that they have “visited” heaven and have seen and heard things of what life and experience are like there? I want to be careful in passing judgment on the sincerity and motivation of such people, but I think we can gain insight as to whether or not they are telling the truth by looking closely at one man’s undeniable “rapture” into the third heaven. With this in mind, I want...Read More

Jul 2021 26 Jul 26, 2021

In a previous article I spoke of the danger of pastoral bullies in the local church (1 Peter 5:1-4). One of the factors that can often contribute to this approach to ministry is personal insecurity. I posted this article several years ago but thought it might be helpful for us to examine it one more time. Consider the dangers of an insecure pastor (of course, each of the following applies equally well to all Christians). Insecurity makes it difficult to acknowledge and...Read More

Jul 2021 19 Jul 19, 2021

I don’t know closely you have followed several recent developments in the world of so-called “celebrity evangelical pastors,” but the plague of pastoral bullying seems to be reaching epidemic proportions. I don’t hear a lot these days of pastors being removed from their churches because of sexual immorality or financial embezzlement. That isn’t to say, it never happens. But I’m hearing more and more of highly visible, “celebrity&...Read More

Jul 2021 15 Jul 15, 2021

I recently recorded a podcast with Jennie Allen concerning my book, Understanding Spiritual Warfare: A Comprehensive Guide (Zondervan, 2021). You can access it here. ...Read More

Jul 2021 12 Jul 12, 2021

It is virtually impossible to log onto any news website without seeing something said about Critical Race Theory. There is considerable debate about this subject that gives no signs of diminishing anytime soon. So, what is CRT? I’ve read numerous articles and explanations, but none better than the one by Greg Koukl that he posted on his website on July 1, 2021. The title to the article is, Critical Race Theory: Civil Rights Upside Down. You can read the whole thing...Read More

Jul 2021 8 Jul 8, 2021

If you would like to listen to my conversation with Susie Larson of Faith Radio on the subject of spiritual warfare and my new book, Understanding Spiritual Warfare: A Comprehensive Guide (Zondervan), go here and scroll down a bit. This interview took place yesterday, Wednesday, July 8. Blessings, Sam...Read More

Jul 2021 8 Jul 8, 2021

One of my spiritual and theological mentors was Russ McKnight. Not many will have heard of that name, but Russ’s influence on me and numerous others, including a dozen or more men now in full time ministry, was monumental. Russ was a layman who served as an Elder at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. I first met Russ in 1969 on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. Russ was teaching a Bible study on Romans every Saturday morning in the Student Union ...Read More