Showing posts from May, 2015

The Illusion of Hypocrisy - Lack of Discernment

It seems that most like to sniff out a hypocrite. The national news media whether on TV, the internet or some other written form, has been a gossip column for many years and prides itself in destroying those whom it disagrees. What is sad about the whole thing is that they generally are successful. What is worse is that they are usually the bigger hypocrites because of the duplicity of their speech. They claim objectivity, but their reporting and commentary display something totally different. This tells me that people have lost their ability of discernment. These people are allowed to continue because the general population allows it. Somehow they take what is said on Fox News, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC as the gospel. However, it is anything but gospel. On a smaller scale, we do this as well. That is why the news is so popular. People love gossip and love to hate the hypocrite (or perceived hypocrite). So what is a hypocrite? Webster defined it as the following:

Hypocrite - One who feigns …

Qualifications of Deacons - A Re-Examination of Deaconesses

After posting the link to John MacArthur's article on deacons, I began to dig. A friend of mine told me that he believes we should have deaconesses in church office due to the nature of the office, and also because a deaconess is mentioned in the New Testament (Romans 16:1). I personally never thought much about it until now. The Lutheran Church I was raised in had very stringent requirements for the office of deacon and had to be approved by the Synod. Therefore, the church I was raised in didn't have many deacons. Most Baptist Churches I have been a part of have treated the office of deacon as sort of a "power-broker role," which I think is an incorrect use of the office. So what is the office for? What are the Biblical parameters?

In John MacArthurs article, he mentioned that the Greek word translated as "wives" was a mistranslation by the KJV translators. My good friend who holds this position made the same reference. Well, if you have read this blog i…

Advice on Marriage and Parenting - Bob Jennings

This is some excellent advice on marriage and parenting.

Answering the Key Questions About Deacons - MacArthur

I didn't make the business meeting last night at our church building, but there was to be a vote concerning the installment of new deacons. Interested in how it went, I asked my friend the names. Thankfully, he was one of the ones chosen. I haven't studied the subject of the office of deacon for quite some time and thought that I should given that the subject has arisen. Therefore, I dug into the word and sought out some answers. I also ran across a very informative article on the subject by John MacArthur's ministry. Out of all the information I studied, it was probably the most informative. I can't say that I disagree with him on a single point. He even argues for women to be added among those in the office, for which I agree. I hope it will be helpful.

Answering the Key Questions About Deacons

Two More Good Reasons and a Third To Go To Wyatt Baptist Church in El Dorado, Arkansas

While working yesterday, I thought of two more excellent reasons to attend Wyatt Baptist Church in El Dorado, Arkansas.

#1 - Membership Matters Class - I grew up Lutheran, so if you know anything about the Lutheran Church, you have to go through two years of "Confirmation" before you are allowed to partake of the Lord's Table (Lord's Supper). We were taught by the Pastors about the basic doctrines of the Lutheran Church, and much of this was based on 1 Corinthians 11:23-33:

"For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had finished eating, saying, this cup is the new covenant in my blood: this do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as you eat this bread and …

Why I Attend Wyatt Baptist Church in El Dorado, Arkansas

One of the downfalls of the human dispositions is our inability to be honest about what we know, and what we believe. We also have difficulty sharing space with those whom we disagree. Within my church, I would say we all agree on the major doctrines, but there are many views concerning more obscure teachings in the Bible where we tend to differ without breaking fellowship. This is one reason why I attend Wyatt Baptist Church in El Dorado, Arkansas. We all agree on the main things, but can have an open and honest disagreement about less clear issues and still be friends. My brothers and sisters at Wyatt are all confident in God and His Word, but are humble enough to admit they don't know it all. I like that! Many don't understand why I don't go to Church in the same town I live in.  I have many good reasons for that, and would like to share some of those with you here.

I am a member of Wyatt Baptist Church, and it is a great place to worship. I have to say that I don'…

Non-Canonical References

Below is a link to Wikipedia that will take you to a list of books that are referred to in the Canon of Scripture, but are not scripture. Not all of the books referred to are available, but the ones that are, will capture your interest. I have recently been reading the Book of Enoch and the Book of Jasher. They are interesting reads. There are reasons that these aren't added to the Canonical record that I won't get into for the moment, but I think one should definitely take time and read these works. I think it will expand your perspective and help you in your walk.

Non-canonical books referenced in the Bible