Because Elders Need More Time In Word & Prayer

“In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the […]

'Eastern' vs. 'Western Thought,' What a Bunch of Skubalon!

First things first.  What’s skubalon?  It’s the New Testament equivalent of the word s**t!  Let’s look at it in context: “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose […]

Aren't You Perfectly Capable of Interpreting the Scriptures All On Your Own?

An important man in a Limo was driving by with the window open.  Another person on the street heard that he was reading a Bible very loudly.  The person on the street asked the man in the Limo, “do you understand what you’re reading?”  The man in the Limo responded, “”How can I, unless someone […]

Religious Traditions, BLECH! Where's my Fake Vomit?

It’s a bit disingenuous when folks cry out “Religious Tradition!” about something established by men that offends their non-traditional sensibilities, even if true.  It’s like slapping down fake vomit.  I can understand why … Of all the mentions of “traditions” in the Bible, many are unfavorable.  But not all of them. For example: “So then, […]

The Dirty Dozen – Top Blog Posts of 2012

According the APEST assessment, I am a PT or gifted in the Prophetic and Teaching.  The characteristics of this combination are as follows: Questions what has become normative. Disturbs common thinking and practices. Agitates for positive change. Desires learning for purposes to influence. Discerns the message of Truth Seeks to ensure an authentic response to Truth […]

The Perpetual Dimness In Your Spiritual Discernment

Your discernment is always cloudy and will always be cloudy until you are in heaven with God.  Your spikes of spiritual understanding are only as good as your right interpretation and application of the scriptures which He breathed out for the church. Any discernment that arises which is contrary to the scriptures must therefore be […]

The Lord Jesus (The Logos) and His Teachings (The Logos) are One!

  I’ve long-held that Jesus can not be severed from His words. They are intrinsically inseparable.  Any attempt to do so eventually leads to a fractured view of both Jesus and His word(s).  I’ve written a detailed article entitled “The Logos of The Gospel,” some time ago.  You can read it here.    Leonard Sweet […]

Is "Philosophy" Contra-Christian?

The New International Version (NIV) renders Colossians 2:8 this way, “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”  The English Standard Version (ESV) renders it this way, “See to it that no one takes […]

Christ is the Living Bible

Although Manton (1620–1677), an English Puritan, is little known now, in his day he was held in as much esteem as men like John Owen. He was best known for his skilled expository preaching, and was a favourite of John Charles Ryle, who championed his republication in the mid-19th century, and Charles Spurgeon. Of Manton, Ryle […]