Thou Wilt Not Leave My Soul In Hell

Q. What does the Bible mean when it says that God would not leave Christ’s soul in Hell? That is a great and interesting question. The passage under consideration is Psalm 16:10, a passage which the apostle Peter quotes in Acts 2. Peter’s commentary on the verse is, “He seeing this before spake of the…

Who Is God?

Who is God? Ben Winslett gives a short answer to that infinitely complex question.

Two Tombs, One Empty

It’s a great irony that archaeologists have discovered the remains of Caiaphas son of Joseph, the high priest who ruled at the time of Christ’s ministry, the man who personally oversaw the first of three mock trials of Jesus, effectively orchestrating all that followed. Why? Because there’s another tomb in Jerusalem that has no remains….

Is Empathy a Sin?

It’s rare that I emphasize one radio program on the home page of our website, but I would like do just that with this weekend’s edition of Words of Grace. This broadcast spoke to an issue presently being debated or discussed among conservative evangelicalism, particular those of Calvinistic backgrounds. In short, empathy has been equated…

A Note on Interaction Between African and Caucasian Churches Prior to the Civil War

I found an interesting statement while reading some historical references online today. Initially, I was looking for information on our constituting pastor, John Nicholson. Then I took my typical rabbit trail, perusing local historic markers, a google search of our church’s name, etc., eventually coming across a note on Saint Bartley. Originally known as the…

Why Didn’t the 10 Commandments Forbid Things Like Rape and Slavery?

Christians are occasionally asked thought provoking questions such as why God didn’t forbid sinful behaviors like rape and slavery in the Ten Commandments, as found in Exodus chapter 20. The quick answer to that question, is that it does so by giving an overarching, governing principle that automatically forbids the sinful behaviors under consideration. In…

Eschatology Affects Our Perspective

Believe it or not, but a person’s eschatology affects their political views. If you are amillennial, you recognize that the “Kingdom of Heaven is at hand,” so the affairs of your particular nation take a rightful backseat, since you belong to a greater kingdom, have a certain reigning King, and you are concerned with the…

A Passing Thought on Submission

One of the most difficult and resented words in the English language is “submit.” We, all of us, have a natural aversion to submission. We hate to give way to the authority another, and even if we do it is often resented. Yet we find various of this in commandments throughout the Bible. When I…

Consider the Birds

Look at the birds. Really. Take a peak at them. Last week, I was in my front yard and I couldn’t help but notice how the birds were singing, hopping through the grass, pecking at insects, and flying from place to place. At a time where most people were very – and rightly – concerned,…