The Root of the Problem (Part 4): Ignorance

Laws are often violated by those who do not know that they are breaking a law. In these cases, a transgression is made, regardless of the offender’s knowledge of the statute. It is not uncommon for one to claim that he was unaware of the law he was breaking. Even if this is true, he [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 3): We Fail to See Sin for What It Is

The world in which we live has a distorted perception of sin. In our society, sin is mocked, disregarded, ignored, and even glorified. But the word of God presents a very different perspective. Sin is likened to darkness (John 3:19-20) and cancer (2 Timothy 2:17). Sin enslaves us (Romans 6:17,20). We are told very plainly [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 2): “We Are Only Human” – Not a Reason. Just an Excuse

Sin is a universal problem. Right before telling the Romans that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), Paul uses several Old Testament passages to remind his readers of the universal nature of sin. “What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 1): The Problem of Sin

There are many problems facing the world today, such as poverty, injustice, famine, and disease. Great amounts of time, effort, and resources are used to try to find solutions to these problems. Even if we have not felt the effects of these ourselves, it is natural as human beings to feel empathy toward those who [...]

The Root of the Problem: Why We Sin & How We Can Overcome

Back in 2010, I published my first book – The Root of the Problem: Why We Sin & How We Can Overcome. It is about how we as Christians can find the way of escape that God has promised will be present with every temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13) and take hold of the freedom from sin [...]

Pardee Butler: “You Can Not Teach an Old Dog New Tricks”

Pardee Butler (1816-1888) was an evangelist who spent much of his time preaching in Kansas. He first came to Kansas in 1855 prior to it entering the union. During this time, there was an intense – often violent – debate over whether Kansas would be a free state or a slave state. Butler, with his [...]

Bringing Up Children in the Lord (Part 6): Raising Children to be Christians

“I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in truth” (3 John 4). Though the passage above refers to Christians in general, the principle certainly applies to the relationship between parents and children. As parents strive to “bring [their children] up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians [...]

Bringing Up Children in the Lord (Part 5): Raising Children in a Wicked World

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). It would be difficult to find a society that was as corrupt as the one in the days of Noah. This society was so wicked [...]

Bringing Up Children in the Lord (Part 4): Training Children

“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). The training of children is done in two ways – by instruction (teaching them what is right) and by discipline (punishing them for doing what is wrong). Parents must take their responsibility to [...]

R.W. Officer: “Suppose I Have No Interpretation of the Bible on Any Subject”

Robert Wallace Officer (1845-1930), at one point in his life, served as a missionary for the Liberty Baptist Association. During this six year period, he faced several charges of heresy. Below is an excerpt from a heresy trial in which Dr. J.R. Graves examined him to determine his “soundness of faith.” Graves: “But what will [...]