Sermons from 2005 (Page 3)

Sermons from 2005 (Page 3)

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…

The Joy of the Lord

The following notice was posted on a bulletin board in a business office: “It has come to management’s attention that workers dying on the job are failing to fall down. This practice must stop as it becomes impossible to distinguish between death and the natural movement of the staff. Any employee found dead in the upright position will be dropped from the payroll.” Well, behind this humorous notice lies a somber reality – many people drudge through much of their…

A Message of Encouragement

I invite you to turn to this passage of Scripture, to the first recorded sermon of the Apostle Paul. It is not his first sermon, but it is his first recorded sermon, and in fact, it is the sermon from Paul that is given the greatest detail of any of Paul’s sermons. We remember the church at Antioch had sent off Paul and Barnabas on the first missionary journey; so the missionary era of the church begins and the travel…

A Mission Minded Church

Young Henry Martin studied at Cambridge University to become a lawyer. By his senior year, he had been recognized as the university at its best mathematician. Upon graduation Henry Martin abandoned his intentions to go into law. For the Glory of God in missions, God had captured his heart and led by God’s Spirit, he traveled then to India as a missionary there in 1806. Sailing from England, Henry left his family, his friends, his homeland; he even left Lydia,…

Pride and Punishment

Former heavy weight boxer, James “Quick” Tillis, is a cowboy from Oklahoma who fought out of Chicago in the early 1980’s. He still remembers his first day in the “Windy City” after arriving from Tulsa. He said, “I got off the bus with two cardboard suitcases under my arms in downtown Chicago.” He says, “I stopped right in front of the Sears Tower. I put my suitcases down.” He says, “I looked at the Tower and I said to myself,…