Back Home to the Blue Ridge

(Editor’s note:  Ellen and I married in August of 1965 whereupon we moved to Minnesota where I began seminary classes in early September.  Ellen never “looked back” and from the first day of seminary to the present day, we have been involved in ministry and have seldom gotten to go “home” to see family.  Ellen never complained aboutContinue reading “Back Home to the Blue Ridge”

“The Way of an Eagle”

Solomon, in Proverbs 30:19 said that there were four things too wonderful for him, one of which was the way of an eagle in the air. (Interestingly, Benjamin Franklin bemoaned the fact that the eagle was our national emblem, opining that the turkey would be more fitting!). The eagle, faster and stronger than any birdContinue reading ““The Way of an Eagle””

Why Another Missions Conference?

Our church is in the midst of another faith promise/world missions conference, our 40th annual such missions endeavor. Every previous conference has always yielded lasting fruit for world missions and through the Biblical faith giving approach to supporting missions and missionaries we have enjoyed blessed relationships with hundreds of these choice servants, supporting with both prayersContinue reading “Why Another Missions Conference?”

“Behold Thy Gods”

The first sin God forbade His people in the timeless ten commandments— “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”—became the besetting sin of Israel and the sin for which they were ultimately and severely judged with captivity. If idolatry was the sin that most plagued God’s people before the cross, is there any reasonContinue reading ““Behold Thy Gods””

“Keep it Up, it Matters!”

Former U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence was addressing a group of pastors in the Indiana Statehouse in February of 2016, months before he had any inkling of an idea that he would become by year’s end the next Vice-President of the United States, chosen by the would-be President-elect Donald Trump. To this group of 40 orContinue reading ““Keep it Up, it Matters!””

The Cost of Being a Christian

Martin Luther was absolutely correct when he said that “a religion that gives nothing, costs nothing and suffers nothing is worth nothing.” Perhaps because of what we know the Bible teaches concerning the grace of God and that salvation is a free gift, we’ve been led to believe that being a Christian costs nothing! GoingContinue reading “The Cost of Being a Christian”

Lest We Forget…9.11.01

On Saturday we will, as a nation, commemorate what might well be labeled the “2nd Day of Infamy,” September 11, 2001, when four hi-jacked jet passenger planes flying over eastern seaboard states, guided by Wahhabi Islamist terrorists who, as part of Al-Qaeda, commandeered the speeding guided missiles toward the New York City Twin Towers, each landmarkContinue reading “Lest We Forget…9.11.01”