Theology

18 May

That Is Why We are Here!

“My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:2-3) Last Saturday, some of the village pastors gathered with me to select those who would attend our new ACTION Malawi School of the Bible. One of the pastors in the...

18 Mar

Doing the Impossible…by Teaching.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20  I love being a teacher. That is what I have been...

05 Feb

What a Privilege!

“Jesus replied, No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of heaven.” (Luke 9:62) It is such a privilege for me to be here in Malawi. Sure, I miss the water running all the time, the electricity being on all the time and the internet working all the time. I miss the football games and the basketball games and Rubios and Wendy’s and even MacDonalds, in my weaker moments. I...

29 Mar

Prayer Diary from Malawi 2013 #4

“Gems from the Seminars” There is one thing that the Malawians do well. They can pray! When they take time to praise God and ask for his blessings it is like being in an old time Pentecostal revival. Everybody prays out loud, most with hands raised. It is a moving experience. One thing they don’t do well is apply Scriptures. I think the problem is less about arrogance and more about ignorance. They simply have not been taught the principles and commands...

12 Mar

Prayer Diary From Malawi 2013 #3

I wish all of you could visit Malawi. It is called the “Warm Heart of Africa” and that it is. The people are so gracious and hospitable. We have been welcomed into their hearts and we feel like family. The other day the Chairman of Action Malawi Trust, our host, decided he had a “word from the Lord” for us. He decided that we should spend the rest of our lives in Ntcheu. Sarah could do the ladies ministry; Holly...

05 Feb

Prayer Diary From Malawi 2013 #2

As you would expect, we are constantly adjusting to life in the midst of Africa. Sleeping under a mosquito net, having our water for baths and the toilets delivered to us on the heads of the locals, eating the Malawian cuisine, learning the language and the customs are a daily challenge. Everyday we experience something new. Every day we face new challenges. Everyday we become more Malawian. The people here are very warm and hospitable. They have set ways of greeting...

25 Jan

Prayer Diary From Malawi 2013 #1

“May those who fear you rejoice when they see me; for I have put my hope in your word.” [Psalm 119:74] When I left the pastorate, I prayed for three things: That the Lord would provide opportunity for ministry around the world; that He would provide the funds necessary for that ministry; and finally, where ever He would send me I would find people waiting and hungry for His Word. He has graciously answered all three. In...

31 Oct

Seven Principles for Saving America #1 “The George Washington of Humanity”

 Unless the divine power has raised you for such a time as Athanasius contra mundum (Athanasius against the world), I see not how you can go through your glorious enterprise in opposing that execrable villainy, which is the scandal of religion, of England, and of human nature. Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you who can be against you?...

09 Jul

J. Gresham Machen #5 Jesus Christ: Model or Majesty?

The plain fact is that imitation of Jesus, important as it was for Paul, was swallowed up by something far more important still. Not the example of Jesus, but the redeeming work of Jesus, was the primary thing for Paul. The religion of Paul was not primarily faith in God like Jesus’ faith; it was faith in Jesus; Paul committed to Jesus without reserve the eternal consequences of his soul. -J. Gresham Machen He is the image of the invisible God,...

28 Apr

J. Gresham Machen #3 The Sharp Edge of Truth

There is not any real courage at all in attacking hoary or antiquated things, any more than in offering to fight one’s grandmother. The really courageous man is he who defies tyrannies young as the morning and superstitions fresh as the first flowers. G. K. Chesteron He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it. Titus 1:9 A few months ago my...