Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

Ephesians – That’s Me

| June 24, 2017

Saturday’s Special – My daily goal is to not let my work get the way of reading my Bible. As a preacher, you might think this is strange. Don’t I read the Bible in preparing to write sermons, classes, and articles, and such? Yes. But. Sigh. I have discovered, rather too late in life, that […]

Ephesians 6:1-4 – Your Family Culture

| October 22, 2016

There is “The World’s Culture” and then there is “Your Family Culture.” Two examples of this are found in our children. When our daughters were young, many of their friend’s parents were divorcing. It was getting so bad Janet and I sat them down and comforted them saying, “We will never divorce.” Our youngest daughter, […]

Ephesians 6:1-3 – Learning How To Be a Kid

| November 17, 2015

Parent: “You should have said, “Yes mam,” and did what your mother said. Child: “You mean whatever my mother asks me to do I should say ‘Yes mam,’ and do it?” Parent: “Yes.” Child (sarcastically): “So if she says I should jump off a cliff….” There have been many ways in which adults bemoan that […]

Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19 – What, No Instruments?

| August 4, 2015

The reason the Winston-Salem church of Christ does not use instrumental music in our worship to God is the same reason why we don’t build arks. Noah was told to build an ark, Christians were not. Physical Israelites were commanded to use instrumental music. Christians were not. Unlike physical Israel, Christians don’t have a physical […]

Eph.4:26 – Be Angry and Do Not Sin

| July 4, 2015

“Be angry and do not sin” (Eph.4:26) teaches us to not lose our temper, but to use our temper. So the question becomes, do we know how to use our anger, or do we just try to not be angry, or even try to stamp down our anger?

Perryism – Our decisions form our character; then our character forms our decisions.

| September 4, 2014

Ephesians 2:3 (HCSB) We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also.

Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21 – Parenting Method

| June 21, 2014

Parenting Method – Been trying something with our teenagers which I think is helpful to them and therefore us. When in trouble, we take them through the process as if they were the parent, examining the evidence, so they can see the situation not from their defensive point of view but from a parent’s, from […]

Ephesians 6:1-4

| June 14, 2014

I’m sitting here thinking about Father’s Day, and reading so many tributes about the best fathers ever, and how they are the best men these grown children have ever known. I am struck by how this is probably a conclusion only from an adult point of view, as children still growing have so many current […]

Ephesians 5:3 – Saddleback’s Ten Commandments

| May 9, 2014

Saddleback’s Ten Commandments: 1. Thou shalt not go to lunch alone with the opposite sex. 2. Thou shalt not have the opposite sex pick you up or drive you places when it is just the two of you. 3. Thou shalt not kiss any attendee of the opposite sex or show affection that could be […]

Ephesians 4:14 – Interpret God Like A Grown-up

| April 26, 2014

An example of necessary implication: One night, my sons were in bed, talking. I told them, “Please go to sleep, thank you.” They continued talking, more quietly. I told them, “That means no more talking.” Did I originally say “no more talking?” No. Did I mean “no more talking?” Yes. They could have interpreted my […]