You have the forehead of a whore;
you refuse to be ashamed.

–Jeremiah 3:3

If you have read this blog for any length of time, you know that I don’t employ shock value as a device to get readers. I normally would not use a word like whore simply to attract attention.

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Broken Cisterns

October 23, 2014 — Leave a comment

For my people have committed two evils:
they have forsaken me,
the fountain of living waters,
and hewed out cisterns for themselves,
broken cisterns that can hold no water.

–Jeremiah 2:13

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Concierge 14.10.17

October 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

Sermons Are “Fair Game” in Houston–The Real Warning in the Subpoena Scandal
Al Mohler at

What is happening in Houston is one of the egregious acts of government intrusion into the realm of religion in America. The mayor and her cohorts have bulldozed a hole right through the wall that is supposed to protect religious practice from government intrusion.

This is a breathtaking violation of religious liberty — and it is political thuggery at its worst. Make no mistake: A major American city has subpoenaed the sermons of Christian pastors. And those sermons were to include anything that touched on homosexuality or gender identity.

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Three and a half decades ago, I was a 19 years old soldier serving in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. On the evening of October 15th of that year, my stomach was doing somersaults and I was splashing water on my face as my daughter Leah was making her entrance into the world.

That beautiful baby girl was just beginning to be a source of learning for this man. Over the years, we have laughed and we have cried. One thing is certain – the Lord has placed her into my life to teach me much.

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The phone rang on Saturday afternoon. Our pastor called from Minnesota to inform me that our guest preacher for Sunday was ill. Would I fill in?

Here is the sermon at First Boynton on the last Sunday morning of September, 2014. The text for the sermon is Revelation 2:1-7.

Concierge 14.10.04

October 4, 2014 — Leave a comment

Restless till We Rest in You
Mike Riccardi at The Cripplegate

Don’t miss this article. Getting the truth of it can reshape your whole understanding of Christianity. It could have been titled, Augustine and the Affections.

What many don’t know about Augustine was his consistent emphasis on the centrality of the affections—and particularly joy—in the believer’s life. In fact, he even defined love for God in terms of enjoying Him,

Let us follow in the footsteps of Augustine—who followed Paul, who followed the Lord Jesus—and seek all our satisfaction in God Himself, for He is where it is to be found. He has made us for Himself. And our hearts are indeed restless till we rest in Him.

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An atheist, Brian Palmer, has penned an article for Slate with a subtitle, Should we worry that so many of the doctors treating Ebola in Africa are missionaries? In this article Palmer demonstrates that he is worried. In his own words, here is his problem:

And yet, for secular Americans—or religious Americans who prefer their medicine to be focused more on science than faith—it may be difficult to shake a bit of discomfort with the situation. Our historic ambivalence toward missionary medicine has crystallized into suspicion over the past several decades. It’s great that these people are doing God’s work, but do they have to talk about Him so much?

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A Facebook Post

October 3, 2014 — Leave a comment

This past week I have been reading through 1 Corinthians. In the opening chapters, the church is provided with teaching about wisdom and foolishness. The gospel message is not wise according to worldly wisdom, but it is true wisdom. The preaching of Christ crucified is considered by outsiders as foolishness or folly. But to us it is the power of God.

If our folly was limited to the preaching of the cross, then count yourself blessed if you are counted a fool. However, those who bear the name of Christ simply do things that are downright foolish. I’m guilty of it myself. But I hope that as I mature in Christ, I leave more and more of that kind of folly behind.

One place that I have repeatedly witnessed outright folly is on the posts that appear on my Facebook feed. It no longer shocks me to see what some will post. With that said, I hope to encourage the readers of this blog to be thinking when it comes to pithy statements that are contrary to the gospel.

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Concierge 14.09.25

September 25, 2014 — Leave a comment

Wearing Christianity On Your Sleeve: What Helps Evangelism

Leon Brown at Reformation 21

I wear Christianity on my sleeve. That is what helps me evangelize. Whether it is with my neighbors or those whom I newly meet in the marketplace, I look for ways to insert my religion and declare the gospel.

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