Appeal to Scripture as the Ultimate Authority Leads to Schism

I sat in a giant, rich Baptist church on Sunday, and heard the pastor say, “Just trust me on this one,” as he pronounced with authority the demise of the US and the rise of the Antichrist over the issue of same-sex marriages. Baptist churches are all independent–none has to answer to another. They can and do teach anything they want and all make their appeal to the Bible as their ultimate authority. I spent about 25 years in the independent church world.  There the Bible is the ultimate authority. Disagreements are rampant; cult-like churches common. Indoctrination serves as the main … Continue reading Appeal to Scripture as the Ultimate Authority Leads to Schism

Mystery Worship: Fear and Tribulation Bring in Money and People at Prestonwood Baptist

“Wow–Joel Osteen and The Summit in Houston have nothing on this place!” So my companion commented as we walked into the cavernous worship center of the main campus of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. Tier after tier of green-cushioned pews, … Continue reading Mystery Worship: Fear and Tribulation Bring in Money and People at Prestonwood Baptist

Interfaith Day of Prayer

I’ve been invited to offer a prayer at a Denton-based Interfaith Day of Prayer celebration this Thursday, May 7.  The organizers asked that the prayer be scripted ahead of time.  I was in the midst of helping to care for the family of one of my sons with the birth of their fourth child so didn’t have time to write until I sat in the airport heading home. This prayer then began to flow: As I wrote these words to you, O Most Holy God, I sat in a busy, stuffy airport terminal, watching people hurriedly race to stand in the next … Continue reading Interfaith Day of Prayer