Wretched Saints

It’s a common experience where we’re, cruising along in our Christian life and then something happens. It’s that feeling that something is just not right. We begin to look at our spiritual life and wonder if we shouldn’t be farther along than we are. You’re not doing the Christian thing right, or you’re sinning way…

In This Sacred Place: St. Paul AME Campground

§ (narrator) At first glance, one may be baffled by the circle of seemingly primitive wooden structures which ring a central tabernacle. This is the Saint Paul AME campground, one of four camps still active in the Lowcountry today. For 51 weeks of the year, silent and deserted, these old “tents,” as they are called,…

The Pathology of a Religious Hypocrite (Mark 12:13-17)

Well, let’s open our Bibles to Mark chapter 12…Mark chapter 12. We’re going to begin today what is going to be the fast track through the rest of the gospel of Mark. Over the next couple of months it’s going to be a wonderful experience for us. Tonight we’re going to take the next section…

False Assurance of the Religious (John 8:37-47)

People asked me whenever I get around military locations if I’m related to General Douglas MacArthur, and I am. It’s a distant relationship, but yes, the answer is yes. One very kind young man there thought that I would be interested to know that there was a midshipman back in the ’20s who was a…

Religion and Its Victims (Mark 12:38-44)

For this morning, I want you to turn to the twelfth chapter of Mark and we’ll wrap up the end of this twelfth chapter. Now if what I say to you sounds a little bit familiar, it’s because in the year 2007, about March of that year, that would be four years ago exactly, we…

The Damning Power of False Religion (John 5:1–16)

I do want you to open your Bible now to the fifth chapter of the gospel of John…the fifth chapter of the gospel of John. This is a very important portion of Scripture and not for the reason that most people think. It’s a story about a man whom Jesus healed. That in itself is…