Must a Pastor Be Seminary-Trained to be Qualified to Preach and Teach?

MUST A PASTOR BE SEMINARY-TRAINED TO BE QUALIFIED TO PREACH AND TEACH? . Sometimes the question comes up as to where I went to seminary.  I think this is an interesting question because sometimes it comes from a genuine desire to know my doctrinal leanings, but other times I sense that it is asked somewhat condescendingly, as if to call into question the legitimicay of a pastor’s call into ministry if he is not seminary-trained. ....

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Is There Only One “Authorized” Translation of the Bible?

IS THERE ONLY ONE “AUTHORIZED” TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE? . Once in a while I get this question from inquiring minds contacting me on our church website:  “Do you use only one version of the Bible in your church?”  When this question is asked it always has to do with whether or not we use the King James Version of the Bible, which some camps consider the only “authorized” version of the Bible, and that all...

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Is Abortion Really a Health Issue?

In the wake of the third presidential debate where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump sparred briefly over the issue of abortion, Clinton made the claim that late term abortions — as in, a baby’s life is terminated even in the ninth month — are important to protect for the sake of health issues related to the pregnancy.  Trump countered that late term abortion is never okay.  Mr. Trump’s statements caused no small reaction...

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My Tribute to Dana Key

Why I am Writing this Six Years After Dana’s Death   Dana Key was one half of the two men bearing the names of the Christian rock/pop group, The DeGarmo and Key Band (later known as simply, DeGarmo and Key, and then “D&K’).  Dana passed away in 2010 after a long and fruitful career and ministry.   It may seem like a strange thing to write a tribute to someone six years after the person’s death.  So let me provide some...

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Don’t Take the Bait of the NEW Racial Tension

I have not addressed the growing racial tension in our nation before now because it has been easier to try to ignore it.  But today that changed for me.   Before I launch into this discussion I need to qualify something: Racism has never even been on my radar.  I was raised by a mother who had no tolerance for racism.  When my mother remarried she married a black man.  Her brother, my uncle, married a black woman.  I myself dated several...

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