It has been called "America's original sin." Racism is not only sinful, it is stupid. It really isn't a matter of color as much as it is Melanin level. Melanin is a natural sunblocking agent that helped our ancestors adapt to the climates they lived in. The closer you lived to the equator the higher … Continue reading Racism and the “Curse of Ham”
Published in The Daily Beacon, Monday, March 5, 2007 “Hey, brother!” For many years, I received this cheerful greeting every time I entered the home of my sister, Sandy Adcox. Although she was nearly eighteen years my senior, the love and closeness we shared only grew stronger as we got older. Sadly, she is no … Continue reading Sandy Adcox: A Tribute
Updated version of an article originally published in The Daily Beacon on Friday, January 16, 2009 A problem with our modern political discourse is the tendency to rely on bumper-sticker logic as a substitute for substantive reason. Nowhere is this more evident than in the eternal war over the ethics of abortion. The clichés are … Continue reading Pro-Life Reasoning Not Limited to Conservatives, Religious
In the realm of Christian experience, there is one whole continent of truth still largely unexplored, and that is the Holy Spirit. In spite of much that has been written, there is dissatisfaction with many doctrines about the Spirit of God. Christians cannot remain satisfied with vague aspirations and pious platitudes, for there is a … Continue reading The Spirit Shines Forth
In the Old Testament, the seventh-day Sabbath was primarily a sign of God's covenant with Israel (see Exodus 20:8; 31:13-17; Deuteronomy 5:12-15). Prophetically speaking, it was also a type of Jesus, the coming Messiah and what He would accomplish in His redemptive work (Colossians 2:14-17, Hebrews 4:1-11). In that sense, our relationship with Him is … Continue reading What Is the True Sabbath?
In Acts 10:9-16, the Apostle Peter saw a vision of a blanket coming down from Heaven covered with animals that had been declared unclean under Jewish Law (Leviticus 11:44-47; Deuteronomy 14:2-3). To his surprise, God instructed Peter to freely kill and eat of these animals (v.13)! When Peter objected that nothing unclean had ever entered … Continue reading Dietary Laws: Can a Christian Eat a BLT?
To conclude our study of the New Birth, I wanted to address a question that almost always comes up when this subject is discussed. It is a question that most thinking Christians, myself included,have struggled with at one point or another. The question is this: How will God deal with people who have,for whatever reason,never … Continue reading Bullfrogs and Butterflies 3: What About Those Who Have Never Heard?