Max Lucado’s Heresies and Ecumenical Confusion
Max Lucado is one of the most prominent and influential evangelical leaders on the scene today. His positive-oriented books and sermons are sold in most Christian bookstores, including the Southern Baptist LifeWay stores. He is a popular speaker at a wide range of conferences, including Promise Keepers, National Religious Broadcasters, and National Association of Evangelicals. Lucado is pastor of the Oak Hills Church of Christ in San Antonio, Texas. In June 1997, I talked with Lucado on the phone as well as with Elder Doyle Jennings of the Oak Hills Church. Both stated... Read More
Music Chaos
Have I Exaggerated the Music Problem at Lancaster?
   Recently I was told by a preacher friend that he believes I have exaggerated the problem of music at Lancaster Baptist Church in Lancaster, California (home of West Coast Baptist College). He said, “From first-hand experience I have found the issue at Lancaster to be not to the degree that you have portrayed it.”
   He says that since he has been to the Lancaster conferences and I haven’t, he is in a better position to know the situation.
   But that isn’t true. Facts are facts, whether witnessed firsthand or at a distance. I have documented..
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Friday Church News Notes
LYING ABOUT FIDEL (Friday Church News Notes, December 2, 2016,, 866-295-4143) - The death of Cuba’s dictator Fidel Castro last week brought an outpouring of sympathetic lies from the leftist propagandizing “mainstream media.” A report in Reuters was typical, and these are the type of reports that appear on popular Internet news sites and in newspapers throughout the world to brainwash the average ill-informed person. I read it in The Himalayan Times in a coffee shop in Kathmandu, Nepal. The spirit of the piece is that Fidel was a hero who thumbed his nose at... Read More
The First Marriage
    “And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:20-25)....Read More
William Carey: The Good and the Bad
   In the 1500s and 1600s, Baptists in England were busy evangelizing England itself and establishing themselves in the midst of hostility and persecution by the state church and were not involved in sending out missionaries to foreign lands. By the late 1700s, this changed.
William Carey (1761-1834) was the first Baptist missionary from England, and he went to India.
   1. He grew up in the Anglican Church, but he was saved at age 18 and soon thereafter joined a Baptist church. He was baptized in the River Nene on Oct. 5, 1783, by Pastor John Ryland.
   2. Right away he had a zeal to preach the gospel. In 1786, he became pastor of the Moulton Baptist Church, and three years later, the Harvey Lane Baptist Church of Leicester. These were small churches, and Carey worked as a school teacher and a shoemaker to support his family.
   3. Carey had...
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Holy Bible
The Year of Jubile
    “And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return...Read More
Third Temple
Friday Church News Notes
RABBIS ASK PUTIN AND TRUMP TO HELP BUILD THE THIRD TEMPLE (Friday Church News Notes, November 25, 2016,,, 866-295-4143) - A group of leading rabbis in Israel have sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump urging them to work together to rebuild the Third Temple in Jerusalem (“Rabbis Urge Trump... Read More
Does 2 Chronicles 7:14 Apply to This Age?
   “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
   Some people have challenged my application of 2 Chronicles to the situation in America. But 1 Corinthians 10 and Romans 15:4 instruct us that we can..
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Donald Trump
Friday Church News Notes

TRUMP “HOLDS HIGH THE FLAG FOR GAY EQUALITY” (Friday Church News Notes, November 18, 2016,, 866-295-4143) - On Sunday, October 30, two days before the presidential election, Donald Trump “proudly held up a rainbow flag with the words ‘LGBT for Trump’ written on it to a cheering crowd of thousands” (“Donald Trump holds high the flag... Read More

Standards for Church Workers
    Churches must appoint qualified people in every area of service. The testimony of church workers, who are representatives of the church, has a dramatic influence on the congregation’s spiritual climate. Some of the respondents to our questionnaire in 2005 mentioned this:
“Require that church workers be faithful to God and God’s Word. This seems obvious, but is not enforced at many churches today.”
    “The church must ensure that those who are greeting, teaching, singing, and preaching are walking in the Spirit and that this is evidenced in their heart for and service for people.”
    I recall the pastors and deacons and workers of the church in which I grew up. One of the deacons allowed his teenage children to build a collection of rock & roll records in the 1960s and this is one of the avenues whereby I became addicted.
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Is the God of the Old Testament Cruel?
    “When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them: Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away.Read More
America a Christian Nation?
America a Christian Nation?
   America is a nation deeply influenced by Christianity and the Bible, but this does not add up to a “Christian nation.” I love American history and have read hundreds of books directly bearing on this subject, including many dozens of biographies of America’s most influential early leaders as well as more recent ones.
   It can surely be said that America is a
Christianized nation in the sense that there has always been a strong Christian influence, using the term “Christian” in a general sense. America has been a nation of churches, a nation of.Read More
Friday Church News Notes
THE U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION (Friday Church News Notes, November 11, 2016,,, 866-295-4143) - The results of the U.S. presidential election were interesting, to say the least, and it was satisfying to see the Clintons go down in defeat after their attempt to thumb their noses at the nation’s laws, but nothing of substance has changed, morally and spiritually. An immoral man lacking in true wisdom will occupy the White... Read More

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