Thursday, December 10, 2015

New Article

New article at Proclaim and Defend: "The Truth: The World's Greatest Fear" -

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Monday, November 30, 2015

Friday, November 6, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Proclaim & Defend Article

Here is a link to a recent article I wrote which posted on the Proclaim & Defend website last week:

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Pulpit In Sanctuary

Thanks to Jim Beal for stopping by the church to help put the pulpit in the sanctuary.

This is the first new pulpit for the church.

New Pulpit Arrived

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Psalms & Singing

“New Song” In The Psalms






Motivations To Sing

God's Righteousness 7:17; 51:14; 145:7

God's Work In Your Life 13:6; 98:1; 105:2

God's Holiness 30:4

God's Forgiveness 51:14; 71:23

God's Power 28:7; 59:16; 81:1

God's Name 66:2

God's Righteous Judgment 67:4

God's Mercy 89:1; 101:1

God's Faithfulness 89:1

God's Goodness 107:8,15,21,31; 135:3; 145:7

God's Glory 138:5

God's Worthiness 18:3

God's Greatness 48:1; 96:4

Attitude Of Singing

Joy 27:6

Pleasant 135:3; 147:1

Gratitude 18:49; 69:30; 79:13; 100:4

Thursday, June 18, 2015

VBS & Ice Cream This Sunday Night

Two of the three classes at VBS.
Ice Cream This Sunday Night !

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

VBS: June 15 - 17

Invitations Available This Sunday
to give to friends, family, & neighbors

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

Work Day Saturday

Saturday, May 16   10:00am - Noon

Work Projects
Paint Trim in North Wing
Weed South Slope Trees
Apply Weed Killer To South Slope
Replace Fence By Entrance
Paint Parking Space Lines
Paint Handicapped Spaces
Burn Parking Lot Weeds
Stain/Seal Picnic Table
Paint Wall Under Coat Rack
Cross Planter
Clean Windows
Clean Gutters
Repair Insulation On Outside A/C Unit
Plant Flowers At Mailbox
Replace Planters By Front Doors
Repair Toilet Paper Holder in Men's Bathroom

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Proclaim & Defend Article

Here is the link to Part One of my new article at FBFI Proclaim & Defend:

Four Parts have published so far (six total parts).

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Journal-Gazette Letter: Rough Draft

Below is a rough draft of a letter/column I will be sending this week to the Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette. The letter focuses on reactions to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed by the Indiana legislature earlier this month. Most of the letters were vehemently opposed to RFRA. My original letter and a few others were the only ones supporting the bill.

The Religious Freedom bill has motivated many to write letters to this newspaper. Very few of the published letters expressed any support of the bill (my letter was one of those few). As I read the letters of those opposing the bill, I wondered how many had actually read the bill or the amendment (which basically neutered the bill). The original RFRA was given over 60 days of public testimony in our state legislature, but the amendment was written in secret without any public testimony at all. Yet I have not heard any of those who favor open government complain about that process.

Many of those who opposed the bill used such strong language that I thought we were talking about two different laws. Words such as “fiasco, anti-gay image, humiliation, buffoons, toxic legislation, embarrassed, laughingstock, bigotry, obsessive hate” filled the letters page of this newspaper.

As I watched business “leaders” and politicians panic, it occurred to me that the true “homophobes” are not those who believe homosexual marriage is a moral perversion. The true homophobes are people who are deathly afraid of upsetting the various gay rights organizations. The true homophobes are those people who are afraid to say publicly what they really believe because they fear personal attacks and intimidation tactics.

Emotional demagoguery and fear replaced rational discussion and debate about the merits of the bill. Many people opposed to the bill do not want rational discussion because rational thinking is dangerous to their position. Instead, feelings and emotion rule the issue, not facts.

Many opposed to the bill say they believe in free speech but then are surprised to find that people exist who actually have opinions different from theirs. Since they have little or no experience in actually discussing controversial problems, they resort to intimidation and emotional labels to shut down debate. Facts do not matter, only how the law made people “feel”. And, of course, our feelings take priority over inconvenient facts.

Some college students today are so immature and insecure about inconvenient truths that college campuses have established “safe zones” where students can go to deal with the trauma of having to listen to viewpoints which contradict their own beliefs.

One letter writer asked someone to show him where the Bible teaches that homosexuality is more of a sin than robbery or murder. As a pastor, I will be glad to educate him. The Bible uses the word “abomination” for those sins which are particularly detestable to God. Not all sins are labeled an abomination. And not all sins are equal in their seriousness or their effects. Just as our justice system does not punish every crime with the same penalty, not all sins have the same moral seriousness or consequences. The Bible refers to moral sins such as homosexuality, idolatry, lying, pride, dishonesty in business, and murder as abomination. One reason the Bible calls these acts “abomination” is that all of them contradict truth, a fundamental characteristic of God. This does not make other sins “less sinful”. It simply calls attention to the more serious nature and consequences of some sins.

I wonder where all of this rush to allow people to love who they wish and to avoid any type of restrictions on moral behavior will end. Here are some questions for those who are so fanatically opposed to RFRA and so invested in homosexual marriage:

Should churches and religious colleges lose their tax-exempt status because they oppose homosexual marriage and have prohibitions against certain sexual behaviors?

Should college accrediting agencies remove accreditation from those schools which teach that only marriage between one man and one woman is acceptable and that any other “marriage” is immoral?”

Should states refuse to recognize marriages officiated by ministers who oppose homosexual marriage?

Should states allow polygamy between consenting adults, where polygamy would include one man and multiple wives, one woman and multiple husbands, three or more men married to each other, or three or more women married to each other?

Why should any government prevent two brothers or two sisters from marrying each other if they are sincerely in love with each other? Incest is not the issue here since children cannot be naturally produced between same-sex couples.

Once a society rejects any objective basis for morality, then the only basis for any morality is what that society chooses to accept. And, as we have seen recently, that basis can change faster than a politician seeking votes or a business seeking profits.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Time To Die: Making Decisions

Below is a link to a message I preached at Thompson Road Baptist Church in Indianapolis,
Tony Slutz, pastor. The topic- "A Time To Die: Making Decisions".

Tulip Blooms At Church