D.A. Sommer: The Same Movement, Yet We Are Different

Daniel Austen Sommer (1878-1952) was the son of the gospel preacher, Daniel Sommer. In 1916, D.A. Sommer debated J. Roy Wright of the Christian church. The debate dealt with several issues, including instrumental music in worship and missionary societies. In his first speech, Sommer pointed out something that he and Wright had in common. “About [...]

The Root of the Problem (Index)

Over the last few months, I’ve been posting chapters from my book, The Root of the Problem: Why We Sin & How We Can Overcome. The list below is an index of all of the posts in this series: Introduction / Preface Part 1: The Problem of Sin Part 2: “We Are Only Human” – Not [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 21): Conclusion

To remove sin from our lives seems like a daunting, if not impossible, task. While is it true that we have all sinned (Romans 3:23), that does not mean that we must resign ourselves to a sin-filled future. Many, even those who would call themselves Christians, are content to remain in sin. This must not [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 20): No Fear of God

When Paul indicted all under sin, he quotes several passages from the Old Testament to describe the sinful state of man: there is none righteous, there is none who does good, their feet are swift to shed blood, etc. (Romans 3:9-17). At the end he reveals the mindset that leads to all these failings: “There [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 19): Lack of Love for God

If we are to put away sin from our lives, we would do well to remember what Jesus describes as the greatest commandment. “And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 18): Lack of Love for Man

One obstacle to overcoming sin is the failure to develop the love that we are to have for our fellow man. Many sins we commit are against others. When we do such things, we are demonstrating a lack of love for those whom we sin against. Paul tells the saints in Rome that if we [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 17): Lack of Urgency

We sometimes have an odd perception of time. We often stress and worry about matters that must be dealt with in the short term. But when it comes to long term goals and preparations, we tend to take a casual approach to these matters. This is somewhat understandable. The short term matters require immediate attention, [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 16): Lack of Self-Control

It is easy to look at our society today and conclude that self-control is an old-fashioned virtue. If we desire something, we should go get it. If something feels good, do it. This is the message that our culture is preaching to us. But regardless of the prevailing mindset of society, the Scriptures teach us [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 15): We’ve Made It a Habit

A habit is “a recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition” (The American Heritage Dictionary). Anything can become a habit, even those things which are good. Sadly, many have developed a habit of sin. They have sinned so often that they now do it without even thinking. This is a [...]

The Root of the Problem (Part 14): Difficult Circumstances

Excuses are often made for sin on account of the difficult circumstances in one’s life. These excuses may be made by individuals for themselves or by others on their behalf. He stole – but he was poor. He has a drinking problem – but his parents were alcoholics. He committed murder – but he was [...]