Sermons from August 2005

Sermons from August 2005

God Opens Doors

We would have much difficultly if doors refused to open for us. Why, yet, this morning, most of us have needed four or five doors to open in order just to get here to church. So, we needed, perhaps, the bedroom door so we could make our way out of our room. And, then we needed the door to the exterior of our house to open. And then, we needed the car door to open so we could get in…

John Mark: A Recipient of God’s Grace

Other than The Bible, Christian biography has impacted me more than any other kind of book. This has been true from the time I was about ten or eleven years of age, when I picked up a book about John Bunyan and read of his faith and his faithfulness to God. He continued to preach despite the threats from the English government not to preach and a jail sentence was the ultimately placed upon him where he spent several years.…

The Dispute Over Law and Grace

During my first year at Dallas Theological Seminary, Kimberly, who eventually would become my wife, came down to visit me. She was living with her parents in Kansas City at the time. When she came down, some friends taxied us to the Cotton Bowl where we spent the entire day together at the Texas State Fair. At the end of the day, we planned to walk the two miles back the Dallas Seminary and as the sun began to set,…

The Nature of Christian Ministry

Harvey Pennick was a world-famous golf instructor. Golf pros revered Harvey’s advice. Throughout his long career of teaching golf lessons, he made a habit, after a lesson, he would jot down some notes in a little red journal, writing out various insights that became clear to him as he was helping others learn how to golf. Late in life Harvey Pennick showed his journals to one of his sons. He asked him, “Do you think anyone would be interested in…