How should we be approaching this Christmas or Advent season? Should we try to find a new, fun and trendy way to take it all in or is there maybe an old-fashioned biblical way to celebrate the birth of the great Rescuer? This sermon discusses how our forefathers in the faith looked toward their redeemer with the thought that maybe there are some things we can learn by examining their practices (or in this case, their songs). To help get into the true “Christmas Spirit”, use the player below to listen or click HERE now to download!
April 20, 2016
If Bob is convinced that he has no need for a widget, the widget salesman is in for a really, really hard time when trying to sell Bob that widget. But what if Bob really does need a widget, and needs one badly? What if the widget will help Bob immensely for the rest of his life? Sadly, this make no difference because until Bob realizes his need, he will always ignore the salesman’s calls and refuse to open the door when the salesman comes knocking. Today, I feel a lot like that salesman. Once again I’m posting some material about how to understand the Bible better, and yet I do so knowing full well many visitors to this site will breeze over it because they feel they already have some pretty sharp skills when it comes Bible comprehension. Myself, I see a lack of proper reading and understanding to be one of, if not the most, lacking skills in American Christianity (and no, pastors are not exempt from my critique). Folks don’t get that they aren’t getting it. What I’m driving at is this: PLEASE start spending some time sharpening your skills! You need it, I need it, and none of us are “fully there” yet. Today I’m posting an MP3 of a talk I gave last week. This talk contrasts the common way of reading about Joshua at Jericho with the correct way of reading that same passage. While this short little talk in no way covers everything going on in this text, it gives a really good picture into what many modern readers are missing.
Click HERE to listen or download this recent teaching, or you can simply listen using the player below:
If you want to learn more of these skills, there is a whole bunch of posts discussing different aspects of how to better understand Scripture. Click HERE now to see them.
February 13, 2016
I’m a little short on time today and so can only offer you a brief post. Another reason for the brevity is that sometimes you just look at something in dismay and say “Wow, I’m speechless”. If you haven’t heard, this week Pope Francis appointed what are being called “super-confessors”. These men are priests who have been given the power to forgive sins that previously only the Pope could forgive. This means that for those guilty of these heinous sins who previously only had one way to forgiveness (the Pope of course, not Jesus, that would be silly) there are now 1,142 super-confessors who can get you to heaven. The logic and theology behind this is obvious; they believe that they, men, have the power to forgive sin. In Old Testament times they would have been stoned for saying such a thing and in New Testament times John would call them an “anti-christ” as they have taken the role and office of God. In fact, during the Protestant Reformation the office of the Pope was almost universally recognized as being one of anti-christ by the reformer/preachers of the day. Are you a Protestant? If so, standing firm against such things is your heritage!
Today as you go your way, please recognize what is going on in the Roman Catholic church and maybe study up a bit so as to reach your catholic friends with the true Gospel (forgiveness through Christ alone for those who come in repentance and trust). It’s usually pointless to attack the leaders of such organizations, but showing someone what God’s Word actually says as you question their doctrine and presenting them the true gospel has strong results. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation, let us reach out with it now more than ever! Leaving the true gospel on a shelf is how the Roman Catholics got in this mess in the first place (they condemned the biblical gospel at the Council of Trent and have been doubling-down ever since). Let’s not make the same mistake!
Click HERE if you would like to read the news release regarding the “super confessors”
February 6, 2016
Well, maybe Professor Pencil doesn’t reveal all, but he reveals a lot! Professor Pencil is the teacher I hold in my hand who, if I will take just a few minutes to listen to him, can teach me many things. You see, if we take a few minutes to look at a text and mark […]
December 30, 2015
Today is the second release in the new “Text Message” series. What’s that all about, you ask? Good question! Text messages (at least here at ChurchSalt) are little snippets of Scripture that folks like you and I may find a bit challenging. In some cases they might even make us uncomfortable! But that’s good, right? […]
December 21, 2015
Often, around this time of year we hear so much about the baby Jesus and His birth that we begin to gloss over the whole thing a bit. Veteran Christians are especially prone to this because we’ve celebrated Christmas so many times and heard so many sermons it can all be a bit redundant by […]
December 14, 2015
No, I’m not making this up. Yes, there is an actual Jedi church based on the fictional Star Wars characters. The part of this goofiness I find to be interesting is that this organization seems to invoke more devotion in its followers than many of today’s modern professing Christians. How so? Well, below is a […]