How Many Blog Articles?


I don’t know how many blog articles I’ve written in the last few years! I wonder! Recently, I read of a Christian businessman who explained to people he’d written over 1,800 blog articles, an d for people to search his blog to find what they were looking for.

I’m hoping to (in a couple of years) get to the point where I can go through and edit and clean up some articles. It’s possible I may just go ahead in the future and redo some article series. Certainly, I recently went and re-read some of the articles I’ve written, and they literally had the wordcount of a book chapter, not a blog post. I’m hampered by my chosen blog writer software (thingamablog) does not show you wordcount as you type. I may move all of this to a more writing style software, like Scrivener. Thingamablog is good, in that it offers me the one tool I needed – the ability to read, store and write a blog while offline. But it’s writing tools and spellchecker leave a lot to be desired. If Bob Tatlinger would have kept working on thingamablog and updating it, I’m sure that everything would be fine.

So, at this point, I’m considering this. It would be a VERY time intensive task, and tedious in the extreme. However, the amount of typos I’m making because I type too fast would be eliminated The big drawback to Scrivener is this – my blog relies HEAVILY on categories, and allows me to see what I’ve written in the past. Scrivener, unless I’m mistaken, would not give me that kind of function.

4 Reasons to Invest more time in Preaching


I’ve listened to a lot of Independent Baptist Preachers, trying to find someone GOOD to listen to. There’s remarkably few good Independent Fundamental Baptist preachers.

Now, there may be some with a gentle style, like some of the classic radio preachers. There may be some with a fiery style. There’s quite a few with a folksy style.

None of that matters if your teaching quantity in the sermon equals zilch.

Today’s IFB congregation cries out to be fed. They can go to SermonAudio or Soundfaith and listen to Marc Monte, Dan Botterbrodt, and a few others I’ve heard with good teaching quality. There was an IFB preacher I used to like, but he’s a hyper-dispensationalist, and he came under some kind of absolutely bizarre home church only conviction, where he thinks the father is automatically the preacher spoken of in 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus.

No, Not so much.

You, as a Pastor, need to rapidly re-evaluate your sermon system. I know of one who works three jobs, and writes his sermons at 0130 hours Sunday morning. It’s fresh for him by the time he gets into the pulpit, but unless he’s an exceptional preacher, the teaching content can’t be all that high.

So let’s look at why you should invest some serious time into your preaching.

  1. To prove you are a workman to be approved. All Pastors will have to stand before Christ and give an account. Many, Many IFB pastors are going to be questioned on why their preaching was so slap-dash and haphazard. You want to hear “Well done” and not “I have somewhat against you.” You’re still saved, you just want to be able to stand in front of the Lord and hear that you did a good job!
  2. Your congregation is begging to be taught. You can bellow for 45 minutes every Sunday, but when someone brings you Romans 3:23 and asks you what that means, you better have an answer! To hear well done from the Lord, your congregation needs to be taught. If you’re called to be a preacher but just haven’t learned the Bible well enough to preach it, then cancel the golfing and get to studying.
  3. SermonAudio. Real Christians crave to hear the word of God. If you aren’t filling their ears with sound doctrine, someone is filling it with heresy. Listen to your congregation talk to each other at the next potluck, and listen to what they’re saying. If you hear the names “John MacArthur”, “Paul Washer”, “R. C. Sproul” and “John Piper” more than once, then you’re not feeding your congregation, Calvinists are. If you hear “Benny Hinn” more than once, you’ve got a serious problem.
  4. Up and coming pastors. What if you hear your congregation talking about “Philip Dean” and “Parsonage”? That’s not good – it means your congregation is getting ready to replace you with old grumpy Philip, and the only thing holding them back is trying to find a house for Mr. Dean! And of course, thanks to Faithful Baptist Bible College, theres many people coming out of a seminary with credentials and SERIOUS doctrine and learning.

The days are past where each preacher llives in a bubble. no kidding, it’s too easy to spot when you’re staling someone else’s work. Frank Norris admitted to one of his two congregations that every sermon he preached he stole from somebody – that’s going to be an awkward moment at the Believer’s judgment! My wife and I have literally spotted when someone has preached a message someone else wrote. -your congregation will too.

your congregation is crying out to be TAUGHT. Teach them! If they don’t like the teaching, then their pew spots will be taken up quickly by people who do. And trust me, if they’re going to leave because they’re offended that you taught from the Bible, then they weren’t going to stay long anyway!

4 Reasons to own a Bible


You should still own a hard cover Bible for several reasons. When I say hard cover, of course I mean it can be leather bound. But you need at least one that is not electronic.

Why?

  1. You cannot bring an iPad to church. You CAN, but… there’s OTHER things on the iPad. Yes, it’s great if you have your Logos account on your iPad… but can you stay off email, the internet, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest? If you CAN, then you can. But I’ll wager that if you’re tempted to look something up once, you’ll do it more regularly. Then soon, you’re not paying attention to the sermon.
  2. You cannot read your Ipad in bed. Well, sure you can… but you’ve got the same problem as above. I seriously encourage Bible study, but you need at least a FEW minutes of family devotional time, and it teaches the kids something VALUABLE to see Dad open a leatherbound Bible and read to the family.
  3. You can’t break your Bible. You can break your iPad. your phone can be dropped. You can have computer crashes. But the worst you have to worry about with your Bible is that pages fall out. You can get it rebound! Or buy some glue.
  4. Nobody can edit your Bible. As users of the ESV found recently, you don’t have any choice when a software company decides to edit your Bible within your software. And there’s so many agendas AGAINST the KIng James that we run a steady risk of them doing it to us, without our noticing. Am I paranoid? Logos updated the New King James recently on my computer. I wonder what was changed? They don’t just update a Bible for no reason. That’s another reason I still own Quickverse, long since abandoned by its owners. There’s nobody to update or change any Bibles in it!

Four very good reasons to own a bound Bible!

3 Big Warnings about Many IFB churches


As an IFB, i’m of course urging you to find an Independent Fundamental Baptist church to join. There’s two common problems with them, and I’ll examine each in turn.

Hyles. There’s still a lot of IFB churches who blindly follow the teachings of Jack Hyles. It’s not TOO bad, but there’s problems with Hyles. Jack Hyles tended to preach sermons with little Biblical insight or content. A common saying of his was, “Just close your Bibles and listen to me.” That should have told everyone in the church to get up, walk out, and never return. Preach from your Bible, and not your vain imaginings! I know I could preach some total heresy if I relied upon my own imagination… so Hyles is no exception.

A further problem with Hyles is this – he believed in Quick Prayerism. He had a congregation of several hundred, but claimed to save over a quarter million souls. If you saved a quarter million, then your church attendance should be about… 250,000 people. If you have 800 there, you’ve saved… 800. Still a sizable number, but Hyles followers preach AGAINST repentance, despite clear references to it in the Bible. Any attempt to soft-sell the Bible leads to eventual apostasy.

Ruckman. A lot of other IFB churches are Ruckmanite. Peter Ruckman had a lot of problems, and like Hyles, preached a lot of things that had no source in the Bible. I don’t need to say too much about this, other than to say, seriously consider avoiding Ruckmanite churches. You’ll find pastors who hold Ruckman allegiance tend to be overly controlling. i accidentally attended one for a few months, and literally heard preached from the pulpit that the 144,000 were virgin born. Um… where did you get that from?

In view of his recent decease, I’ll avoid going into detail on his heresies right now. The members of his church are still going through a lot of suffering over his death.

Gail Riplinger. Usually, Ruckmanite churches and Riplinger go hand in hand. While she’s written many good things in her books I’m sure (just like I’ve heard good teachings from Hyles and Ruckman). However, Riplinger apparently believes her writings are Scripture, and many of the conclusions she reaches are the worst research and botch job journalism I’ve EVER seen! “avoid Strongs’, because Strong was a methodist and…” Yes, there’s a couple of errors in Strong’s concordance. He does allow his Methodism once or twice to corrupt the definition of a word. however, that’s no reason to AVOID his concordance! Be warned… and keep plugging!

I do encourage joining an IFB church, but these three stumbling blocks actually account for a vast majority of Bible Believing Baptist churches from what I’ve seen!

Be wise.

The 5 Best Commentaries for the Fundamentalist!


Commentaries are important. But there’s two errors associated with them!

  • Depending on them too much and
  • not using them at all.

There are problems associated with all the Commentaries. It doesnt matter if a Baptist wrote it. it does’nt matter if john the Baptist wrote it! If a man wrote it, there’s errors. You just have to know what their problems are, and you can duck them. Here’s the list!

  1. The Bible Knowledge Commentary. By far the best, but with MAJOR problems! It is Evangelical to the core, the authors believe in a Universal Church, and are opposed to separation from error, despite repeated Biblical injunctions to do so. The biggest flaw to it is Walvoord’s decision to base it upon the NIV. Besides these major problems, the BKC remains the best commentary.
  2. Matthew Henry. Calvinist, Amillienialist, post-tribulation rapture, and a tendency to view many prophetic passages as allegorical. Not surprising, as the angel was told to seal up the vision until the time of the end. In Henry’s time, VERY few men understood dispensationalism, as the Bible epxlains in Daniel that was sealed until the time of the end… and we’re in those days. Unable to understand 20% of the Bible, Henry still does a very good job at interpreting the Bible. He has many points to make ini it that are quite good.
  3. John Gill. Many of the same problems. I went through a John Gill phase in Seminary, it lasted about 9 months. Gill’s big thing was to go through the Talmud and other Jewish writings to research what they had to say about Scripture. Interesting, but not your first choice of commentary.
  4. Summarized Bible. What it says! weakness – doesn’t really give MUCH insight into scripture. not to be used as your only Commentary, but in conjunction with others.
  5. Numerical Bible. More interesting than what the title says!
  6. Pulpit commentary. This one is for pastors. Valuable insights on how to preach something.

If you have to pick one, get the BKC. It’s pricy. $49.95 is what I paid for it. I’ve bought it twice, once for Wordsearch, once for logos, and it came with my Quickverse Platinum package. Buying the BKC unfortunately means your logos Basic package (free) now goes up to $60, because you need another $10 for the King James.

Psalm 22:16


They pierced my hands and feet. Kari כָּ֝אֲרִ֗י can be K’ari, “like a lion” or the Aramaic Kari, “they have pierced”. which is it? it’s clear from context that the Aramaic makes more sense (“Like a lion my hands and feet” lack the clear sense that “They have pierced” has) – but even if you’re a purist, okay! Let’s look at the Hebrew and ask a simple question – what does that mean? “They did to my hands and feet like a lion did… either claw and rend, or more likely, bite. Tigers shred, lions bite. Lions prefer to jump at you, dig their claws in only to keep you from getting away, then start biting. So, what would that mean, “they did to my hands and feet what a lion would do?”

It would mean… “they have pierced.”

Argument over.

Politics Versus The Bible


Let me preface my remarks today with a simple formula. I can’t insert the “is not equal to” symbol you learned in the 5th grade… BUT…

  • Christian is not synonymous with Republican
  • Republican is not synonymous with Christian.

Now, YES… a VAST MAJORITY of American Born Again Christians flock to the Republican party. And politicians are quick to try to either A). support Israel while running for office or b). talk either about God, prayer, or maybe a lame quote from the Bible. note they’ll never quote something like John 3:3!

Most politicians stop the pretense as soon as they’re in office. Um… except the Donald. It seems he’s conducting Bible studies in the White House. right in the Oval Office. Guess what? I could be very wrong, but I think he won the election. And he’s carrying on far past the point where everyone else drops the pretense!

But here’s the flipside – there’s a political party who has seemed to make it a priority to legislate out of existence Christianity within America. And a lot of Christians STILL are part of that Party.

The Republican party pushed a member of a cult as a candidate for President, and suddenly Franklin Graham and countless others are rushing to embrace anyone who’s ever even driven PAST Salt Lake City as a fellow Christian.

No, let’s get our heads clear. We test everything by the word of God. Even political expediency. If your party routinely opposes God, Christianity, and the Bible, and exalts every manner of sin – as a Christian, you have only one response. Leave that party. Vote with your feet.

If your party attempts to push a member of a cult as President, then click on “other” at the ballot station and manually type in the name of another Candidate! The Republicans would have been astounded if they’d pushed a Mormon, only to find that a candidate who’d not gotten the nomination found himself President the following morning!

We as Christians need to send warnings to Washington DC – we matter. And we will not stand for any attempt to silence Christians, or to stand against the Bible. Here’s our answer to Pelosi Democrats and their agendas… we pull every Christian voter out of the Democratic party. Which almost happened last November.

If they lose enough elections, they’ll figure it out, and boot the Pelosi-ites out of office. That’s how we answer Washington. We vote. And at this point, you have to vote against things sometimes.

We also send a clear message to the Republican party, which I think they heard loud and clear – no moderate Republicans. No Liberal Republicans. High ye away to the democrats, if that’s ye platforme!

STAND for the Bible. Stand for God. Vote according to those factors, and sooner or later, the politicians get it.

And stop parroting political expediency. Ye are not your own, and ye were bought with a price. Not by politics, but by the Son of Man.