Jump to content
Online Baptist

RSS Robot

Advanced Member
  • Content Count

    7,956
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    14

RSS Robot last won the day on July 25

RSS Robot had the most liked content!

About RSS Robot

  • Rank
    Super Contributor

Profile Information

  • Gender
    Male

Recent Profile Visitors

15,650 profile views
  1. One of the moments I will never forget from this year’s opening week at West Coast Baptist College was a conversation I had with a mother who was bringing her freshman daughter. We had a brief conversation about where they were from, what the daughter will be studying, and how different it will be for students this year to be wearing masks and following other CDC guidelines. Then the mother told me, “The reason I wanted my daughter here this semester, rather than waiting until after Covid-19 is past, is so she will be surrounded by faith.” That statement has stayed with me. In a way, I al
  2. The balance between stillness and purposefulness is not an easy one to find! And in the search, we're confronted with all sorts of distractions... [url={url}]View the full article[/url]
  3. Over the years, I have been an observer of ministry trends. Partly I observe because I want to keep growing and am always glad for new or innovative ideas. And partly I observe in order to better understand the current ministry landscape and train the next generation of Christian servants at West Coast Baptist College. Over the past 10–12 years, students in our college have had questions about some of the newer trends and terms introduced into ministry. As I studied to answer their questions, I’ve learned that while some of these trends have commendable traits, some have concerning origins an
  4. There is no such thing as growth without change. Of course, change is not always indicative of growth. Sometimes it is the result of drift—doctrinally, spiritually, or philosophically. Sometimes change is also forced by outside circumstances. Even so, where there is growth, there will be change. This is true in every sphere of life, including your walk with God, personal relationships, development of skills, and more. Where there is growth, there will be change. Click To Tweet This doesn’t mean every change will be radical. In fact, those consistently making radical changes are probably
  5. Anyone who tells you that they have local church ministry during Covid-19 figured out is either delusional or far wiser than I am. Because after thirty-four years of pastoring, I am finding this season the most challenging—by far. I have never seen anything like it. The health, political, and social challenges are real. Additionally, as a pastor, I am engaged in a work in which a primary aspect of my responsibility is calling people together to hear God’s Word preached. Literally, my job is to gather crowds in a time when that is highly discouraged! I’m sure there has never been a time in my
  6. My life has been influenced, informed, and molded by Christian education. As a student, I greatly benefited from Christian education. And since beginning Lancaster Baptist School in 1989, I have labored as a teacher, parent, administrator, and pastor, to weave the mind of Christ and a Christian worldview throughout the educational process. That’s why this summer our administration has worked diligently with parents, attorneys, teachers, doctors, and government agencies to keep our Christian school open in this needy hour. I have conference called with Secretary DeVos at the White House and ha
  7. There are many things we want in abundance. Choices. Opportunities. Results. But what the first-century church had in abundance was trials. The apostle Peter said they were “in heaviness through manifold temptations” (1 Peter 1:6). They had trouble coming at them from every angle. The modern American church is not used to this. Sure, we’ve had trouble in the past. But we’re in a season right now when trouble is coming at us from every side. There’s a worldwide pandemic that has drastically altered our ministry schedules and has repeatedly—almost weekly—forced us to adapt. There is civil
  8. Lancaster Baptist Church is committed to the infallibility of the Bible as God’s revelation to man (2 Timothy 3:16). Included in God’s Word is the truth of Christ as the expressed image of God (Hebrews 1:2–5), the head of the church (Colossians 1:18), and the King of kings (1 Timothy 6:14–15). As the head of the church, Jesus has commanded us to assemble (Hebrews 10:25), to preach (2 Timothy 4:2), and to sing praise to Him (Colossians 3:16). The church is described as an assembly of called out believers. While the times of these assemblies may vary and considerations may be made for health an
  9. We are leading today in some amazingly-perilous times. Around us is confusion, hurt, loss, fear, and turmoil. Sometimes as leaders we wonder where to even begin and how God can use us in the midst of such overwhelming needs. It is always encouraging to me to remember that since the first century, the gospel has been presented to a culture that is anti-God, confused, and crooked it its moral persuasion. We see this throughout the New Testament, including in Philippians 2:15: “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation,
  10. You’ve heard the statement, “A crisis doesn’t build character; it reveals it.” The statement is largely true, but a crisis reveals so much more than just our character. In the midst of a crisis, emotions and opinions abound. But in all that is said and shared and expressed, a picture begins to emerge that reveals aspects of your life perhaps not easily seen at any other time. Here are five: Your Spiritual Fervor In some ways, moments of crisis intensify our spiritual fervor. When the only option is to cry out to God for help, it’s what many Christians—and sometimes even non-Christians—do.
  11. Discerning Christians are aware that a revolution against God, godliness, and biblical teaching has been underway for the past few decades. We are currently seeing a rage in our society that resembles the description of Psalm 2 and will likely continue fomenting until our national election. Between the COVID-19 crisis and the anger in the streets, we need biblical Christians to discern the times and deploy with the gospel message. The revolutionaries are successfully intimidating Americans away from Scripture and reorienting society away from godliness. We see this taking place in several are
  12. As spiritual leaders, we often see the fruit of a problem that has an unseen root. In our world right now, we see a lot of hurt, division, hate, and anarchy. There is political and emotional upheaval on every side. But rather than rushing to address the surface issues with surface answers, we should turn to the Holy Spirit and the pages of Scripture for discernment and wisdom as to the true issues. One of the Bible words that speak to the circumstances of our day is delusion. For instance, 2 Thessalonians 2:11 speaks of the delusion that will come during the Tribulation as the world follow
  13. We have heard many things deemed essential or non-essential recently in our society. We certainly appreciate many of these essential professions—health care, first responders, food, transportation, and more. Yet, one essential life role that is too often overlooked is that of being a father. As a dad of four, I can tell you that this role is not only essential, but it is also rewarding. I agree with the words of George Herbert: “One father is worth more than a hundred schoolmasters.” There are many people who can influence our kids, but a father’s influence—for good or for bad—is more wei
  14. Recently, I heard a message by a well-meaning speaker teaching teens how they could “earn value with God.” The lesson was particularly confusing because when he used Scripture to teach on our value with God, he rightly said that our value is based on the price Jesus paid for us. We have done nothing to earn God’s grace or His sacrifice for our salvation, yet His sacrifice reveals how much we are worth to Him. But then the youth pastor pivoted and began teaching how after salvation, young people can increase their value with God. He gave an illustration that basically said, “Your salvation is
  15. Our society right now is filled with negativity. There is health and economic uncertainty. News channels—social and traditional—are filled with anger and hostility. Sometimes it feels like we are being bombarded with unrelenting sources of discouragement. You turn on any news channel right now, and you will find anchors forcefully working to convince you to see things their way and side against someone or something else. Scroll through social media, and you’ll find posts designed to draw you into online conflict. Turn on the radio, and you’ll hear angry voices hoping to evoke frustration. Pi
×
×
  • Create New...