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(Editor’s note: In light of recent news events, it seemed fitting to repost this article written in February 2012 by George Lawson.)

In the beginning of May, 1665 London had a divine appointment with what the Puritan Thomas Vincent described as “one of the most terrible plagues that was ever visited on this or perhaps any other kingdom.” We now know it as the bubonic plague.

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The disease at first claimed the lives of only nine people, but after a pause it rapidly spread across the city and was soon taking no less than 470 people a week. The number of deaths collected from the bills of mortality amounted to 68,596 in that first year, though some have estimated that the number was much higher.

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In Little Rock ArkansasHow many times have I read or watched a news report about the devastation, caused by a tornado in some part of the country? Dozens maybe. I might have paused for a while, to think about the unimaginable power of the violent winds, or pondered what it would be like to lose everything I own in a storm, or I might have remarked how sad it was that a number of people lost their lives… over there.

This time it was different. This time a friend of mine–and two of his children–died.   Continue Reading…

shai linneShai Linne is no stranger to those who love Christian Hip-Hop music (he’s been my personal favorite for years).   He is not even a stranger to those who don’t love Christian Hip-Hop, although I’m convinced that Shai is on Phil Johnson’s playlist (see Phil Johnson’s GTY post here).   But now he is apparently no stranger to Paula White Ministries either.

Shai Linne’s new album “Lyrical Theology” features the pre-release single “Fal$e Teacher$”, which calls out 12 well known prosperity preachers.   So who made the list?  Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, TD Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Paula White, Fred Price, Kenneth Copland, Robert Tilton, Eddie Long, Juanita Bynum, and Paul Crouch are all identified as false teachers (each of whom we could spend an entire post on).   Continue Reading…

A Double Windsot KnotMaybe I’m just old fashioned.  Yes, I still like preaching in a suit and tie on Sunday mornings (I know how to tie a Double Windsor knot and will be teaching my son).  Yes, I prefer paper books to digital books (maybe I’ll plant a tree to make up for all the ones I’ve killed in my library). Yes, I taught my kids to say “Yes Sir” and “No Sir” (it may not always reflect a submissive heart, but it still sounds good).   And Yes, I think some language should be reserved exclusively for the Son of God, and should not be shared with His followers, like…incarnation.

Pile of BooksIs anybody else just a “wee bit” uncomfortable with the phrase “incarnational ministry”? Continue Reading…

Bah Humbug!“Christmas a humbug, uncle!” said Scrooge’s nephew. “You don’t mean that, I am sure.”

It’s a Christmas classic that has been around for almost one-hundred and seventy years. Scrooge has taken his place right alongside of a red-nosed reindeer, a talking snowman, and a little boy named Charlie Brown. Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without the old miser’s “Bah, humbug!”

While Christmas may have been a “humbug” for Ebenezer, it certainly wasn’t for Charles Dickens. Continue Reading…

When you looked into the mirror this morning, who did you see? Certainly not a cold-blooded killer…right? Maybe you should look again.Looking into the Mirror.

Just yesterday, I struck up a conversation with a couple that I sat next to, on a flight home to Baltimore. Eventually the discussion moved to the evil that struck Newtown, CT. “I’m no health professional” the husband said, “but something must have been fundamentally wrong, for someone to do that.”

“There is”, I replied, “and it’s the same thing that is fundamentally wrong with all of us. It’s sin.” Continue Reading…

money falling from the skyJust a few hours of work a day can reward you with rich dividends!  With no money down, and all from the comfort of your own home, you can become unbelievably wealthy!  Millions have tried it and have testified to the results.

This is not a scam!!

Hard to believe? Well, if I were talking about money, I hope you would have the courage to call my church and get me fired. No, the rich treasure I’m talking about is the Word of God. Continue Reading…

voting booth 1According to a recent CNN poll, Obama and Romney are virtually tied in the presidential race. Our nation is split down the middle, and who will occupy the White House seems like anyone’s guess.  But a reliable source reveals that November’s election is not as uncertain as people may think.  The next president of the United States will not be determined by hanging chads and dimples on the ballots in Florida.  It won’t even be decided by the elite electoral college (regardless of what you may have heard).  A reliable source reveals that this year’s election has already been fixed. Continue Reading…

flannel graph danielOf course you know about Daniel and the Lions’ Den.  Even if you didn’t grow up with a high-tech flannel graph presentation in your Sunday-School class, or use your creative genius to turn a paper lunch bag into a ferocious man-eating beast, you could rehearse the story in vivid detail.

But although we are familiar with Daniel’s rescue from the Lions’ den, he still seems to be trapped in children’s books, and is placed on the shelf between Mother Goose and Aesop’s fables.  The 6th chapter of Daniel is more than a bed-time story, and if I can be honest with you, for a long time I missed the main point. Continue Reading…

In the beginning of May, 1665 London had a divine appointment with what the Puritan Thomas Vincent described as “one of the most terrible plagues that was ever visited on this or perhaps any other kingdom.” We now know it as the bubonic plague.

The disease at first claimed the lives of only nine people, but after a pause it rapidly spread across the city and was soon taking no less than 470 people a week. The number of deaths collected from the bills of mortality amounted to 68,596 in that first year, though some have estimated that the number was much higher.

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