The Proliferation of Profanity

This morning as I took part in my fifteen-minute walk to and from a class I’m taking at a local university, I was in earshot of several male and female students dropping f-bombs. These words weren’t spoken out of anyone’s anger or heightened frustration. It was just a part of normal conversation between young people. No thought was given to the usage of the word. There was no shame whatsoever. And, there was absolutely no regard for those who heard them speak. Lest I sound too aged here, in the circles I ran with, in my day we would have never thought of speaking in such a way. Times have certainly changed. Continue reading “The Proliferation of Profanity”

Go the Second Mile

“And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles,” (Matthew 5:41, ESV).

Are you familiar with the background of this statement? This, of course, is in the middle of one of the sections of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 5.38-42 Jesus challenges His followers to be initiators of peace. Contained here are a few core principles of Christianity: Continue reading “Go the Second Mile”

Young Preachers and the Pursuit of Higher Education

I read someone’s recent Facebook post regarding young men being talked out of preaching at a young age so they can pursue a secular education as a “backup plan.” They claimed that 90% of potential young preachers interested in pursuing the profession before college, change their mind upon graduation. One case was cited where parents insisted their 17-18 year old son go to school instead of preaching. Now this person has left the church all together. Well, that’s tragic. And, I certainly hope that this young man returns to the Lord. But, I believe this case is an exception rather than the norm.

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Our God Reigns!

It’s been quite a week. ISIS burned a Jordanian soldier alive. Then the President lectured us on his viewpoint of Christianity and Islam being morally equivalent. It’s been obvious for sometime now that he does not know God. He may not even believe in God, because he is god. Probably at no time in our history have we had a leader so hostile to Christianity.

The subject at this years Florida College Lectures could not have been more relevant. The message that God reigns came out over and over again. God reigns. God wins. He has clothed us in garments of victory. Instead of hiding in the shadows, He has equipped us to stand in His strength and take the battle to the enemy. As the world crumbles, our opportunity to shine for Him grows by the day. Dare to be different. Seize your holy calling and stand up for Him.

As we sang Wednesday night….

There’s no God like Jehovah…
There’s no God like Jehovah…
There’s no God like Jehovah…

Live with confidence… Because… Our God reigns!

Embracing God’s Design for Family

P lease read and compare the following passages:

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24, ESV)

“So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:6, ESV)

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.” (Hebrews 13:4, ESV)

What principles for the family can we mine out of these passages? Continue reading “Embracing God’s Design for Family”

Movie Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings

Afew weeks back, my wife and I got out to see the new movie Exodus: Gods and Kings. We watched in 3D, which was amazing. The graphics and sound were really well done. If you’re into that kind of stuff, this movie will be a real treat. But, I know you’re wondering, Is the movie worth the money to see? Well, if you go in with an expectation of it remaining true and consistent to the Biblical text, you’ll come away disappointed. The producers have added their own twist – some of which will make you raise your eyebrows and go “hmmm…..” Continue reading “Movie Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings”

Catching Up and A New Blog!!!

After a fifteen month hiatus in the blogging world, I’ve decided to begin writing again. Between 2010 and 2013, I posted something 5 days each week. This was on top of my weekly Bible classes and preaching responsibilities. My blog at allenbibleresources.com attracted quite a following. Some of the articles were published in the local Dayton newspaper, and the vast majority of them were part of a daily devotional I wrote Monday-Friday called Minute in the Word. In October 2013, the website had a serious crash. I decided to rebuild everything from scratch. As fall and winter came on, pressing family issues kept me from getting things back to the way they had been before. Continue reading “Catching Up and A New Blog!!!”