Esther: The Hidden Hand of God

INTRODUCTION: THE BOOK OF ESTHER As the only book in the Bible that does not mention the divine name,[1] Esther’s place in Scripture has been questioned and scrutinized.[2] However, the careful reader will quickly discover that although the name of God is absent, the hand of God is evident in the preservation of His people.... Continue Reading →

Sermon Preparation: Outlining a Book

I'll spare you a trip through the pseudo-mystical phase wherein the preacher "gets alone" with God and through "divine revelation" receives his next sermon! It is frustrating to hear pastors say, "God gave me this message," or "God laid this message on my heart." Typically, that means (loosely translated), "I am just winging it" and/or... Continue Reading →

Moral Arguments For and Against the Use of Capital Punishment in the United States of America

Preface: This article was originally written as an upper-level writing requirement for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree at Belmont University College of Law.  On December 23, 1991, a fire destroyed the Corsicana, Texas, home Mr. Cameron Todd Willingham shared with his wife and three daughters.[i] Willingham, who was (allegedly) asleep when the fire started, survived.... Continue Reading →

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