Category Archives: Bible

"All of you, drink it."

It seems that the Presbyterian Church in America, one of the most conservative Presbyterian denominations, has defeated a change to its Directory for Worship that would have prohibited the practice of intinction. I find this a little surprising, given the … Continue reading

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Christ the King

This coming Sunday is Christ the King Sunday, also known as Reign of Christ Sunday. It is the final Sunday in the Church Year. All our hymns and scriptures will focus this Sunday on the theme of Christ’s gracious reign … Continue reading

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Church Year for Presbyterians (and others)? Absolutely!

Some of the information in this post has been incorporated into my book, Rekindling Advent: Rediscovering the Season of Joyful Waiting, which you may order by going here. Many years ago, Dr. Douglas F. Kelly, one of my seminary professors and a … Continue reading

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Why do we do that? (Baptism)

(Originally preached on 5/20/2012 at First-Trinity Presbyterian Church; Laurel, Mississippi.) Today is Ascension Sunday. The Ascension is a monumental event in redemptive history. Our Scripture readings, hymns, and prayers so far have explored that theme. Christ reigns forever as King … Continue reading

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Shepherd and Sheep (Sermon for the 4th Sunday of Easter)

It must be human nature to mark the midway point of things. When I’m reading a book, I notice when I get to the middle. Do you do that, too? I even look at the last page and divide the … Continue reading

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There was evening, and there was morning: the first day.

Lots of Christians publicly shaming other Christians about days, from “Oh no, I don’t celebrate Christmas: I’m a REFORMED Presbyterian!” to “If you are cancelling services on Sunday, you don’t love Jesus.” “One person esteems one day as better than … Continue reading

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God vs. Baal? Really?

[The following is a response to an editorial in Sunday’s (11/27/2011) Ruston Leader. Since I could not contact the original author to discuss this personally (he is on vacation all week) I decided not to send this in to the … Continue reading

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