The following is a sermon delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to his congregation in Montgomery, Alabama on November 4,1956. He imagines receiving an epistle from the Apostle Paul addressed to American Christians. It is utterly fascinating. Enjoy. I would like to share with you an imaginary letter from the pen of the […]Read more "Paul’s Letter to the American Church"
Israel and Palestine. Is there any more divisive a topic facing our world today? Everyone has an opinion. Everyone has an answer. And nothing ever gets accomplished. Conflict between the two is nothing new even in my short lifetime. My generation has seen it multiple times, early 2000’s in the West Bank, 2006 in Lebanon, […]Read more "What Does it Mean to Stand With Israel?"
But what does porn have to do with America? With the well being of society? Usually those opposed to pornography, even the most strident fundamentalists, often answer, “Nothing.” We see porn use as a private issue that at worst will embarrass the user if exposed. But in the big picture it’s shrugged at as mostly a harmless […]Read more "Do Your Part for America, Turn Off the Porn"
The death penalty debate is gaining new traction in Tennessee, though now with a decidedly different tone. A number of Christian groups are speaking out asking Governor Bill Haslam to reconsider the string of upcoming executions, the number of which is unprecedented in the modern era for our state. One inmate set to die even […]Read more "The Calvinist Case Against the Death Penalty"
It’s the home stretch. Today we are going to explore exactly why the “sojourner” is so important to Israel and to Israel’s God. Next time we will wrap it up. If you want to start at the beginning click here. The second and final proof signifying access to God of those outside Israel is the […]Read more "A Native of the Land: Deriving an Ethic of Intercultural Relations from Exodus, Part 7"
After examining the fate of those who attempt to destroy God’s covenant people, it’s now time to look at those from outside the family of Jacob who responded positively to them. What we find is that while God specially blesses and protects the genetic descendants of Abraham, they are in turn intended to bless the […]Read more "A Native in the Land: Deriving an Ethic of Intercultural Relations from Exodus, Part 6"
In summary thus far, it has been demonstrated that contrary to much modern scholarship Israel was in fact a unified ethnic group also identified as Hebrews. This fact is confirmed by the text of Exodus, which describes unique Hebrew physical and sociological traits, by the familial language used to discuss Israel, and by God’s affirmation […]Read more "A Native of the Land: Deriving an Ethic of Intercultural Relations from Exodus, Part 4"