The Ravi Zacharias Scandal and Honorary Degrees: Looking Forward

  The Ravi Zacharias scandal we’ve been talking about here over the last several days at The Essential Church has taken a new turn: after much anticipation, Ravi Zacharias’s RZIM ministry team released a statement in response to his presumed credential inflation (claiming he’s a “Dr.” when he doesn’t have a PhD; not being honest…

Two passages that put Calvinism into flight

Calvinism is a logical theological system; on this, 5-point Calvinists and I agree. If you subscribe to one point of Calvinism, say, the unconditional eternal security of the believer (that we’re saved and going to Heaven anyhow, with no regard to lifestyle and godly living), then you might as well subscribe to the other four…

The Virgin Birth: Answering Questions About the Inconceivable (Luke 1:26-38)

    Sermon: The Virgin Birth: Answering Questions About the Inconceivable Scripture: Luke 1:26-38 Note: The PDF file of the sermon can be found here:┬áThe Virgin Birth- Answering Questions About the Inconceivable Christmas season is here, and believers are well aware of the usual discussions, sermons, and plays that occur during this time. For many…

Lying and Its Consequences: The Tale of Ravi Zacharias

      Praise the Lord, everybody! Pastor D.M. is back to cover information on the late scandal involving renown Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). Ravi has been in the news as of late because of whispers of both academic and moral fraud, and I believe that it is my…

Beware of sneaky complementarianism

I have a habit at Twitter (yes, I’m putting all Twitter pastors on notice!) of checking out an individual’s church page (if they have one) before accepting a friend request. In one particular case this past week, I did my usual routine: I investigated a potential church page where I found the church’s mission statement….

Sermon: The Place of Worship (John 4:19-23)

  Audio Message:   PDF File: The Place of Worship (John 4_19-23) Sermon Title: “The Place of Worship” Scripture: John 4:19-23 I saw a social media post some days ago by a theologian who wrote something akin to the words, “This is my church today” and a photo of a deck overlooking a body of…

Tomorrow’s sermon: On church exclusivism and true worship

Have you seen any interesting discussions on worship lately? I’ve randomly stumbled upon a few, with some turning heated because others have a more general idea of worship than others. One such debate has pertained to the building church vs. internet church, where a number of believers argue that building churches are the ordained place…

Gifts and Offices: Gender-Based or Divinely Willed?

One of the foremost debates on women in ministry pertains to the office of Pastor (what the Scriptures refer to as “overseer” or “bishop,” as the KJV translates it). While some churches will argue that women can only teach women and children, others argue that women can preach sermons but cannot pastor, and others allow…

Living a Life of Gratitude: How to Worship God (Psalm 100:1-5)

Audio Message: Opening Selection: His Mercy Endureth Forever Grateful Intermediate Selection: Inspirational Selection: I Wanna Say Thank You Closing Selection   Subject: “Living a Life of Gratitude: How to Worship God” Scripture: Psalm 100 “Living A Life of Gratitude: How to Praise God” We’re just four days away from what is undoubtedly one of the…

“Husband of One Wife,” Part 2: Christian Divorce in 1 Corinthians 7

    Praise the Lord, church! Pastor D.M. here, back with another teaching on our “Husband of One Wife” series. Tonight’s Part 2 addressed Christian divorce: a Christian man or woman whose unbelieving spouse departs. Paul says that if the unbeliever chooses to stay, Christians should stay. If the unbeliever chooses to depart, though, let…