This November will mark my 14th anniversary as the pastor of Heritage Baptist Church (2004-2010) + Grace Baptist Church (2010) = Bedford Road Baptist Church (2010-Present). This remarkable journey continues to amaze me. That means that sometime in 2020, I will pass Pastor Paul Schultz as the longest serving pastor of either of the original… Continue reading Revisiting the History
Canned bread. Bread in a can... I did not believe that such a thing as a canned bread existed until someone showed it to me in their cupboard. Apparently, B&M - a Portland, Maine, based company - manufactures and cans this stuff. There are plenty of people here in New England who love it. They eat… Continue reading Say No! to Church in a Can
Go to any Christian bookstore or website, and you will find communion sets available in multiple setups and materials. You can get gold, silver or titanium. You can have trays with just the little juice cups and bread, or a combination. You can get them sized for whole congregations, small groups or even individual participation.… Continue reading Thinking About that Familiar Communion Set
Many Christian apologists who answer Mormon doctrine do so on the basis of looking deep into their lesser known beliefs and pointing out that there is some wild stuff going on there. For example, Joseph Smith taught that Methuselah and Abraham used the urim and the thummim as magical telescopes to discover the star Kolob,… Continue reading Mormonism is Not Orthodox Christianity
(I came across this post while looking for something else. I wrote this in 2007, and I was probably giving "The Word" a fresh listen while getting ready to teach on Ezekiel. Although a lot has changed about me since the days when I wrote it, this still resonated with me.) Reluctant ride in the… Continue reading What Is Normal?
Just Be Cool. Nothing is less cool than making people conform to something they did not think of themselves. They're going to respond much better to a form of pastoring that starts with what they want and then builds around them. What is really cool is that we focus more on appearances and feelings. That… Continue reading Don’t Give In, part 5
Can we really know anything anyway? If you listen to what many mainstream scholars are saying, everything about Jesus' life and ministry is kinda up for grabs. We don't know that he did stuff or said stuff, and most of Paul's letters are either misunderstood or not written by him anyway. So, the gospel should really about felt… Continue reading Don’t Give In, part 4