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

Luke 23:40-41 – The Faith of the Thief

| February 3, 2017

“What about the thief on the cross? He had no outward manifestation of his faith.” This statement was made to me when doing evangelism at our Coffeehouse Evangelism by someone who believed baptism was not necessary. So we revisited the thief on the cross. That believer said, “Don’t you even fear God, since we are […]

Acts 8:4 – Levels of Acceptance

| June 30, 2016

Levels of Acceptance – Years ago I read a study on the three levels of accepting truth: Intellectual, Personal, Universal. When a sinner studies baptism and accepts the truth, the first stage is intellectual. Unfortunately we all have seen sinners stop there. They know baptism is when we accept God’s grace, but they will not […]

Judges 13-16 – Hair and Baptism

| June 8, 2016

Anyone who really thinks Samson’s strength came from his hair and not the Lord, only has to grow long hair and realize they are just as weak. And yet, as soon as his hair was cut Samson lost his strength. And yet again, as soon as his hair grew long Samson was strong again. God […]

Acts 2:27 – Is Jesus’ Burial Important?

| March 25, 2016

Can what we believe doctrinally change what we believe is the gospel? Recently I read the gospel is defined as the “deity, death, and resurrection of Jesus.” Notice anything missing? Unlike Paul’s description of the gospel (1 Cor.15:4), this gentleman (and rightfully respected scholar) left out Jesus’ burial. Many treat it as superfluous, and I […]

Colossians 2:12 – Why Does Baptism Work?

| January 3, 2016

When I was a preacher in my 20’s, my best friend in the congregation was a man in his 70’s. Our unusual friendship was in the Lord. He was a retired electrician. One day he made an interesting comment: “I know how electricity works; I just don’t know why.” That same sentiment was in a […]

Romans 6:3-4 – Baptism as Believing, Repenting and Confessing

| January 6, 2015

Have you noticed the biblical act of baptism is an act of belief, repentance and confession? Since baptism reenacts the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus (Rom.6:4), it shows you believe He existed and exists. Since baptism is into His death (Rom.6:3), it shows you repent by putting to death sin in your life. Since […]

Luke 3; Acts 2; James 2 – What Does Repentance Look Like?

| December 7, 2014

A strong argument against “faith only” is the same argument against “repentance only” which no one would make. Both faith and repentance are “mind” actions by definition, but not just taking place in the mind when Biblically lived out. Compare Luke 3 and Acts 2 with James 2. We are all familiar with the inspired […]

Acts 20:7 – Why Precedes What

| August 31, 2014

The attitude and desire of the Troas Christians gathering on the first day of the week to break bread should be more instructive to us than the simple fact that they did (Acts 20:7). Why precedes what. Following their example of what without following their example of why leads to formalism and empty tradition. Remember, […]

Acts 2:38 – Chiasm on Salvation

| May 6, 2014

To be saved hear, believe, repent, confess and be baptized; then keep confessing, keep repenting, keep believing, and keep hearing to stay saved.

Mark 16:16 – An Illustration

| March 13, 2014

The bad news is I have arthritis in my back. The good news is there is medicine. If I believe the doctor I will take the medicine and be well. If I don’t believe the doctor I will suffer. Now would any argue I am earning my health by following orders? Or that all I […]