When something that we consider bad happens to us or others, we may focus on the problem’s cause, not only in order to try to change the situation but maybe also to assign blame, perhaps even to God. In at least one case, however, God challenges us to focus less on the past cause and more on the future purpose for which He can use the particular suffering or affliction.
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Don Stephens was not originally planning to be a ministry mariner.
His plans changed, however, when he had a vision of a disabled African boy and went on to establish Mercy Ships in 1978.
The 86th Texas legislative session ended this past Monday with the House’s passing but the Senate’s not voting on a bill related to decriminalizing some possession of marijuana. My News Herald colleague Rev. Will Wilson argued for the bill in his May 12th column, which teased my different perspective that now follows.
The headline on a Barna Group report out this past April (based on interviews conducted between April and August of 2018) was “1 in 4 Practicing Christians Struggles to Forgive Someone”. The details of that report indicated that 23% of practicing Christians (defined as those Christians who said that their faith is very important in their lives and who had attended a worship service in the preceding month) reported that they could identify someone whom they could not forgive, and of those only 28% said that they wished they could forgive that person.
God spoke the following promise through Isaiah: “Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24 ESV). That promised behavior of God contrasts sharply to the prior behavior of the Israelites that a few verses earlier God judged for the following reasons: “because, when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not listen” (Isaiah 65:12 ESV).
At time of writing, the Texas legislature is considering a bill that would take steps toward decriminalizing possession of marijuana. If the bill passes, those caught with less than an ounce would have to pay a $500 fine instead of being arrested and incarcerated. I want to express my support for this bill from a theological perspective. In fact, I believe that no one should be criminalized at all for mere possession.
Aside from its being the Third Sunday of Easter and other things, tomorrow also is Cinco de Mayo: not Mexico’s Independence Day from Spain, as that is September 16 (1810), but the 1862 date of the outnumbered Mexican army’s victory over French forces, a victory that arguably affected not onl…
The Easter lilies and chocolate eggs at the grocery store have now gone back to the discount rack. The Easter egg hunt and egg roll will not happen again until next year. Your families have now gone back home. There will be plenty of parking spaces left when you show up to Church tomorrow morning, and the same pews that are usually sparse or empty will be so again, just like most other Sundays. The Sunday after Easter is often called “low” Sunday, the other being the Sunday after Christmas. It’s called “low” because the attendance on this day is usually a fraction of what it was the week before.
”We teach people to be solemn and quiet in church. You also gotta get out and celebrate – it’s a great victory.” Minister of First Baptist Church of Kilgore, the Rev. Glenn Young was happy to look out over the controlled chaos in Driller Park Saturday morning.
The Ministerial Alliance of Kilgore Churches invites Kilgore and surrounding communities to attend and participate in the observance of the 2019 National Day of Prayer, set for noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the amphitheater at Kilgore City Park.
First Presbyterian Church’s Rev. Will Wilson and Elder Mike Sechrist drape a black cloth across the cross following the traditional Stripping of the Chancel during Maundy Thursday services. The black draping of the cross ahead of Good Friday represents Jesus Christ’s death for the sins of Hi…
“A blood donor saved my life; you can save lives, too,” that is what is on the front of the T-shirt that the Blood Center of East Texas will be giving away on Saturday, April 27, at the 23rd Quarterly Kilgore Community Blooddrive cosponsored by the Kilgore Rotary Club and our congregation.
While in seminary, I took a class on a theologian by the name of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. More than a theologian, Bonhoeffer was a pastor, teacher of pastors, a prophet, and finally, a martyr. Having grown up in Germany, Bonhoeffer played an active role in the resistance movement against Hitler…
The season of Lent is quickly coming to an end, and the Easter Season will soon begin. Amid all the special services connected with the historical events of Jesus's death and resurrection, we might easily lose sight of why they occurred, namely, that Jesus's death and resurrection were for you!
The headline read “Church as we know it is over. Article author Dave Adamson, a “social media pastor, claimed the “location-centric “physical attendance model is “dead and recommended an “audience-centric model, both physical and “omni-channel digital, likened to a lane-less swimming pool.
I've had my share of doctor's office visits. Back in 2005, I had an over-night heart procedure at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC. My heart has been ticking just fine ever since, and I continue to maintain an active cardio work-out routine. Now, fourteen years later, I am able to live…
As a Presbyterian, I adhere to certain doctrinal confessions and creeds, just as the Southern Baptists might affirm the Baptist Faith and Message. One of the documents to which I am confessionaly bound is called the Scots Confession. This Confession claims that the true Church is known by th…
Listening to U2's 2009 song “Magnificent, I am repeatedly struck by the following lyric: “From the womb my first cry, it was a joyful noise. Although the authors apparently did not intend it, I think of God's creating each human life, ultimately for the purpose of making a joyful noise prais…