Posts from June 2017

“Asking God to Speak Loudly” Acts 16:6-15

I have a confession to make; I have had the privilege of studying with renowned biblical scholars.  Having degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the 1980s and Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond in the beginning of the 21st Century, I was afforded ample opportunity to learn from the some of the smartest people who have ever called themselves Baptist.  But even with all this great instruction from learned men and women, my confession is, “I still do not understand God’s providence.”  Many of you have heard me say, “I find providence to be the most mysterious of all the Christian doctrines.”  Because of my strong emphasis upon the gift called freedom of choice, I have a hard time grappling with the idea that God orchestrates everything, because I don’t believe that everything that happens is God’s will.  I don’t think the Holocaust or the tragedies of September 11, 2001 were God’s will.  If God caused everything, we would be nothing more than marionettes on strings controlled by God as the master puppeteer.  God gives us free will; we have to continue to seek God’s direction, even when we don’t know what is going to happen in the future. 

“Times to Remember” John 21:1 14

Are there certain songs that remind you of an event or a particular occurrence in your life?  When I listen to songs of the 70s and 80s on channels 7 and 8 of my Sirius XM Radio, I often take a trip down memory lane and remember driving my 65 Mustang Fastback with the windows down and the music blasting from the 8-Track Tape Player.  I remember riding around with my best friend Scott and my cousin Mark.  Memories of places I had since forgotten flood my mind simply by listening to a song.  Times to remember.

“A New Beginning” Acts 2:1-21

Today is a significant day for our church for many reasons.  Tomorrow we begin one of the busiest and most important weeks of our church year, and we will commission our Vacation Bible School workers later in the service.  VBS is the best opportunity we have to share God’s love with so many children in a concentrated fashion; we have active, child-friendly curriculum which offers fabulous options of interacting with kids.  Of those who have already pre-registered, about two-thirds do not attend Madison Baptist.  I love the energy of VBS and how our church members work cooperatively in sharing God’s love with children, specifically those who do not attend church anywhere.

“Hope Got in My Eyes” Luke 24:44-53

Some time ago, a rich cosmetic manufacturer retired.  His products were fabulously successful.  His friends badgered him for the secret of their success.  Year after year, he jokingly refused.  But finally he relented.  “In addition to the formulas that all cosmeticians use,” he said, “I always added the magic ingredient to mine.”