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Posted 7/1/15 at 10:21 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Humor and Grief in Ministry Go Hand in Hand

“There is….a time to weep and a time to laugh” (Ecclesiastes 3:4).

The doctors at Houston’s M. D. Anderson Medical Center confirmed to Ted that the lung cancer had indeed metasticized to his brain. “Perhaps six months, more or less,” said the doctor when Ted asked how long he had. The worst news imaginable.

However, that night the doctor called his room.

“I’ve been studying the brain scans,” he said. “And I believe yours is Primary Lung Cancer which has moved to the brain.” He went on to say that Primary Brain Cancer is not treatable, but a metasticized Primary Lung Cancer behaves differently in the brain and is often treatable.

There was hope, after all.

When he got off the phone, Ted explained this to his family. He was quiet a minute, then said, “Well, you know it’s your basic bad situation when you’re praying for lung cancer!”

And they laughed. FULL POST

Posted 6/29/15 at 2:57 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

America, the Not So Beautful

Preacher Driftwater told me, “I want to preach about America in the worst way.”

I told him it’s been done.

What he said is not what he meant, of course.

The worst way to preach about America is negatively.

“The world is going to hell.” “America is decaying from within.” “The country is becoming socialist.” “The president is our worst enemy.” “The Supreme Court is ruining America.” “The home is breaking down. Marriage is a thing of the past. You can’t get a good two-dollar steak any more.”

Okay, strike that last one.

The U. S. Supreme Court has just ruled that homosexuals can marry in any state in the union, forever changing the character of this country.

We are justifiably concerned. And we are stuck with their decision.

Does this mean the United States is through? Will God write ‘Ichabod’ over what used to be a great country? Should we preachers deliver its eulogy from our pulpits? FULL POST

Posted 6/29/15 at 2:48 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

When You Love Superman–But Clark Kent Drives You Nuts

Would you agree that God has a heart for marriage?

I would say yes.

But if God loves marriage so much, then why are so many marriages failing?

I can understand the celebrity who doesn’t profess Christ as her Savior or the Muslim woman who denies the deity of Christ.

But what about those of us who have been blood washed and profess to have a true relationship with Christ?

If anyone should have a great marriage, it should be Christians, right?

And I think one of the ways we can discover how to experience an excellent marriage is to consider first how we view our husbands.

The question is, when you look at and think about your husband, do you see him as Superman or Clark Kent?

Because how you view your husband will determine how much love, honor, and respect you give him on a consistent basis.

I Finally Found My Superman!

I want you to think back on the first time you met your husband and then your days of courtship. FULL POST

Posted 6/26/15 at 9:42 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Liberate North Korea Petition

남북한, 미국, 중국, 러시아, 일본, UN, 그리고 모든 국제사회의 구성원들에게,

To the Leaders of Korea, America, China, Russia, Japan, the United Nations and the Entire International Community,

우리 한민족은 북한의 집단학살을 더 이상 방관할 수 없습니다. 국제사회가 다음 다섯 가지를 위해 즉각적으로 개입해 줄 것을 요청합니다.

We refuse to allow the North Korean Genocide to continue any longer. We demand the immediate intervention of the International Community to carry out its responsibility to protect North Koreans as follows:

  1. 모든 북한정치범수용소의 완전한 해체와 수용자들의 즉각적인 해방.The Immediate and Total Liberation of All North Korean Concentration Camps;
  2. 북한 정권에 의한 집단학살 희생자와 그 가족들에 대한 배상과 보상.Compensation and Reimbursement to All North Korean Victims of Genocide and Their Families;
  3. 북한정권 지도부의 즉각적인 퇴진. The Immediate Stepping Down from Power of the DPRK Leadership;
  4. 김정은을 비롯하여 집단학살 또는 반인도죄에 책임 있는 모든 자에 대한 제소. Prosecution of Kim Jong-un and All Individuals Responsible for Acts of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity; and
  5. 북한의 해방, 그리고 세계인권선언과 국제인권법에 입각한 남북통일. Liberation of North Korea and the Unification of North and South in Accordance With the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Human Rights Law.

Posted 6/25/15 at 8:58 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

How I Would Pastor Differently

“Keep a clear head about everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Timothy 4:5).

The editor’s last question was “What would you do differently if you were going back into the pastorate today?”

After responding to his other seven questions at length (see the previous article on our website), I felt this one needed more reflection and its own space. So, this is my attempt to answer that good question….

Well, first, I’m highly tempted to say….

–I would wonder about that church. Why in the world does it want a 75-year-old has-been as its shepherd? They must be really hard up.

–I would have my head examined. (If Margaret were still living, she might say, “And you’d have to find yourself another wife!” lol)

But seriously.

The question is, if I were to re-enter the pastorate today, what things would I do differently?

A lot would depend. It might depend on the size and demands of the congregation. As with any workman, the size and nature of the task would dictate the number and kinds of tools I brought to the job.

Nothing about what follows should be seen as a complete renunciation of what we did over fifty-plus years of ministry, serving six pastorates and the SBC churches of the New Orleans Association. I did a few things right, if I may say so. I loved the churches, I preached the Bible, and I have loved and honored other ministers. I stayed active physically, trying to take care of the body. After my body protested against jogging, I became a walker, and still am. That has made a world of difference. FULL POST

Posted 6/23/15 at 2:37 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

The Most Misused Text in the Bible

“Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God will come, He answered them, ‘The kingdom of God is not coming with something observable; no one will say, ‘Look here!’ or ‘There!’ For you see, the kingdom of God is among you” (Luke 17:20-21).

You’d be surprised who all loves to quote our Lord Jesus.

A lot of people who believe almost nothing Jesus said about Himself–about salvation or heaven or hell or marriage or a faith or a thousand other subjects–will quote Him when it suits their purpose.

Google Luke 17:20-21 and pull up a chair. Those citing these two verses run the gamut from Leo Tolstoy to your favorite Indian guru to the atheists.

Taken completely out of context and given the speaker’s own spin, this malleable verse can be made to say whatever they choose.

Cultists love this little passage. Theological liberals calling themselves authentic Christians quote it often. And, let us admit the obvious, you and I love it also. FULL POST

Posted 6/23/15 at 2:28 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

5 Ways to Defeat Insecurity in the Bedroom

You want a great sex life–but what do you if you’re still really shy being naked, or trying anything rather adventurous?

Many of us get into a “safe” rut in bed. We make love in one position which lets us feel intimate, but doesn’t allow for much exploring. Our hands don’t wander. The lights aren’t on. We just do the deed and we’re done!

But what if you want more? What if you want to experience real freedom with your husband, and feel even more intimate? Well, you’ve got to get over some of the roadblocks that can make you insecure! So let’s look at five common reasons that many of us would rather keep his face up near our face, and stop his hands from going too far:

1. What About Fat Rolls?

You secretly hate your body, and you’re pretty sure he must feel the same way. When you bend over you seem to have three stomachs. You have cellulite everywhere–even places that aren’t supposed to have cellulite. How could he possibly want to explore THAT when you’d rather not even look in the mirror? FULL POST

Posted 6/22/15 at 11:17 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Rescue Your Life From Bondage to Your Emotions

“Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh”. ” (Galatians 5:16)

Brothers and sisters. If you would be spiritually mature and successful in the Christian life, you must rescue your spiritual life from bondage to your emotions.” –J. Sidlow Baxter, speaking to Mississippi Baptists in the mid-1970s.

She said to me. “If I don’t feel like doing something, my heart would not be in it, and the Lord said we are to serve Him with all our heart. I don’t want to be a hypocrite.”

I said, “So, if you don’t feel like reading your Bible or going to church or apologizing to a neighbor, you don’t do it. Right?”

She: “Right. It would be hypocritical.”

Me: “Well. May I ask you, do you ever wake up on Monday morning and not feel like going to work? Or, when you were a teen, were there early mornings when you did not feel like getting up and going to school?” FULL POST

Posted 6/19/15 at 10:43 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Adults Excluded; Little Children Only Welcomed

“Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it” (Luke 18:17).

Big shots need not apply.

Pride disqualifies all applicants.

Therefore, “Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you in due time,” meaning, whenever He gets good and ready. That’s I Peter 5:6. Well, the first part of it is.

This fellow wrote to me recently to say why he no longer attends church. He is burned out on four decades of shallow sermons and considers himself far beyond the kind of pap his pastor ladles out to the unthinking sheep on Sunday. He has written scholarly essays on his beliefs and would be happy to send them to me.

Don’t bother.

Even if this were the case, that the pastors all serve milk to babies on Sundays and never meat to the healthy, the man is missing a huge point about church participation.

We go to church to do the Lord’s work with His children. Sometimes we are laboring alongside other believers, ministering in the community and the world. But sometimes, our ministry is directed toward one or more of them. We are instructed to take care of each other, particularly, the weak and defenseless, the widows and the orphans. FULL POST

Posted 6/18/15 at 2:01 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

What My Dad Said About Fathers

“Who can find a virtuous man? For his price is far above diamonds” (Not Proverbs 31:10, but it well could be.)

My father, Carl J. McKeever (1912-2007), was someone no one who met him ever forgot.

Like a certain son of his, he was a talker. Like that same son, he was interested in a thousand things and enjoyed good food, hearty laughter and great conversation with friends. And he loved to write.

What’s interesting about his love for writing is he had a seventh grade education. As the oldest of an even dozen children, he left school to help support the family when he was 12, and entered the coal mines to work alongside his father two years later. His formal education may have ended, but dad was always learning and thinking and paying attention.

Most of his writing was done on note pads, in a lovely script which schools taught back in the 1920s. Something called the Palmer Method. To his death at the age of 95, his handwriting was impressive. Those notes he wrote were legible and intelligent, and remarkable for a coal miner.

I’m leading up to sharing one of them with you. My brother Ron handed me this in Pop’s handwriting a few days ago during our brief visit at the restaurant in Jasper, Alabama. FULL POST

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