Practical Applications for Not Paying a Pastor/Elder Salary

In my post, There is no Biblical defense for Paid Pastors/Elders, I pointed out the flaws in the arguments used to support paying men a salary to do work that all followers of Christ have been called to do. A few years ago I wrote a post called Resources, Conversions, and Priorities… where I questioned[Continue Reading…]

What Does the Bible Really Teach About Pre-Marital Sex?

So, a friend of mine commented on the absurdity of Jessica Simpson complaining that she hasn’t been able to marry her man yet because he keeps getting her knocked up… which made me search the scriptures and shockingly, completely changed how I saw the issue of sex before marriage! I have always been under the[Continue Reading…]

There is no Biblical Defense for Paid Pastors/Elders

I came to believe that there was no valid support or defense for paying the salary of a pastor or elder while I was at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. This was while I was training to become a vocational/paid pastor! It was through my experiences at the seminary and studying the scriptures that made me[Continue Reading…]

A Godless Society is NOT the Problem… and Neither are Assault Rifles!

In the wake of the Connecticut school shooting, we find ourselves looking for answers. How can someone do something this horrifying? It is one thing to kill adults, but to also, purposefully kill 20 6-7 year old children is extremely disturbing. We do not have to deal with this kind of loss and pain very[Continue Reading…]

Finding Church – Available for Pre-Order!

At the beginning of the year I was told about a project by Jeremy Myers. He was trying to gather stories from followers of Christ who have left the church, who are switching churches, or who are reform their understanding of “church”. I decided that I would write my own story about leaving the church[Continue Reading…]

Why I am Not Afraid of Four More Years

This past Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, the United States held their presidential elections. There were several candidates available to choose from but only two were considered primary candidates — Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. All the polling data said the race was going to be close, and close it was. Obama won both the popular vote and[Continue Reading…]

Is ALL of the Bible Inspired by God?

Paul wrote this in 1 Corinthians 7, “If any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he must not divorce her. And a woman who has an unbelieving husband, and he consents to live with her, she must not send her husband away. For the unbelieving husband[Continue Reading…]

What if… 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Many Christ followers use 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 to judge those who they know fall in this list. Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers,[Continue Reading…]

25 Charateristics of a Disciple of Jesus

A friend of mine asked on Facebook, “What are the characteristics of a disciple? How would you know if a person is one?” which led me to search for the term μαθητης (Greek word for disciple) in the New Testament. The word μαθητης occurs 261 times between the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and[Continue Reading…]

Some answers cannot be found on Google…

Drove by a church building the other day with this written on their sign: “Some answers cannot be found on Google, try the Bible.” – God Apparently, God doesn’t know that you can find the Bible on Google. Which leads me to my next thought… it seems like you actually can find all answers on[Continue Reading…]