Category Archives: Theology

Placing Scriptures and Praying for “Phillips:” an Exhortation for the Oxford Gideons “Rally Day”

Early this morning (28 April 2019) Gideons from throughout our region gathered at First Baptist Church of Oxford. The occasion was this year’s “Rally Day,” a day on which Gideon speakers visit numerous churches in an area in order to speak … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Evangelism, The Gideons International, Theology

“But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”

The Mississippi Convention of The Gideons International was held this past weekend in Jackson, and as President of the Oxford Camp I was expected to attend and deliver our camp’s collected offerings at the President’s Breakfast on Saturday morning. I … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Christian Worldview, Colossians, Doctrine, Practical Christianity, Repentance, The Gideons International, Theology

“A Well-Regulated or Orderly Church Music…”

I have heard that the price of becoming a thinking adult is the need to deal with all of the paradoxes and inconsistencies that life presents, the cognitive dissonance that is inevitably present as we flawed and fallen humans do … Continue reading

Posted in Beauty, Calvinism, Christian Worldview, Denominations, Doctrine, Doctrine of Vocation, Johann Sebastian Bach, Lord's Day, Music, Music and Theology, Music and Worship, Practical Christianity, Theology, Truth, Worship

On the Importance of “Faithful Plodding”

I am always moved by stories of pastors with long tenures in small congregations. In a time when “celebrity pastor” is a term that makes sense and so many build careers by moving to increasingly larger churches every 2-3 years, … Continue reading

Posted in Alto Trombone, Bass Trombone, Christian Worldview, Church, Doctrine of Vocation, Education, Euphonium, Higher Education, Music, Music and Theology, Music Education, Pedagogy, Performing, Practical Christianity, Practicing, Prayer, Preaching, Salvation, Teachers, Teaching Low Brass, Tenor Trombone, Theology, Trombone, Trombone Ensembles, Tuba, Tuba-Euphonium Ensembles

In Praise of Small Churches

I’ve written previously in this space about my small role serving locally with The Gideons International. While I have at various times held different offices in the local “camps” of which I have been a part both in West Monroe, … Continue reading

Posted in Church, The Gideons International, Theology, Worship

Why I Enjoy Teaching in the Church

This past year during the fall and spring semesters I shared teaching responsibilities for an adult Sunday school class on the book of Colossians, after teaching part of a shorter series the previous summer. These were my first opportunities in … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Education, Christian Sabbath, Church, Colossians, Reading and Study, Theological Education, Theology, Work and Leisure, Worship

Why I Still Hand Out Printed Bibles

While as an older child and teenager I was always keen on having the newest technologies available to me—particularly with regard to entertainment—as I’ve gotten older I’ve definitely become a “late adopter.” I resisted exchanging my desktop PC for a … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Books, Digital Revolution, Evangelism, Practical Christianity, Salvation, Smartphones, Tablet Computers, The Gideons International, Theology