Considering Joel

May 14, 2015

“Have you considered my servant Joel?” “You mean Job? We had that conversation a long time ago, God. You even put that encounter in your Book—all 42 chapters worth.” Satan continued, “Besides, I don’t need to consider him anymore. He’s long dead.” “No, I said Joel. He’s my servant, too.” “I know who he is. […]

Voting Mormon?

November 1, 2012

I have been reading up on Mormonism lately. Given that one of their members is running for president, I wanted to be able to support and articulate my “Mormonism is a cult” claim—a position I have held for years. I’m even more entrenched today; despite the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association recently removing a page from […]

People as Trains

June 28, 2012

Others aren’t always as they seem. That shouldn’t surprise us we aren’t either. A smile, for instance, doesn’t mean all is well. In the latter half of 1 Timothy 5, Paul is speaking to Timothy about elders. He advises his young protégé not to ordain too hastily. In verses 24 he says why: “The sins […]

Six Foot by Three Foot

June 14, 2012

Have you read Leo Tolstoy’s (1825-1910) short story How Much Land Does a Man Need? It’s about a peasant farmer not satisfied with his lot in life. He wanted more of everything. One day he receives an amazing offer. For 1,000 rubles, he could buy all the land he could walk around in a day. […]

Are You Praying for Your Pastor?

July 21, 2011

(Pastor Rich Hamlin is on vacation with his family this week and Lord willing will return next week.) The Puritans abounded in preachers like Richard Sibbes (1577-1635), Richard Baxter (1615-l691), John Owen (1616-1683), Thomas Watson (d. l686), John Flavel (1627-1691), Jonathan Edwards (1702-1758), and that later Puritan, “prince of preachers,” Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892). One […]

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