‘Questions Christians Ask’



The Strange Life of Simon the Magician

The first ten chapters of the Book of Acts contains two strange and tragic incidents. Ananias and Sapphira, a married couple, lied to the Holy Spirit about their gift of land for the care for the needy and died (Acts 5). Simon the Sorcerer (Acts 8) sought to use the gift of the Holy Spirit […]

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What is a Spirit-filled Church?

We hear a lot about Spirit-filled churches– – and we should. You might ask whether a church can really be a church without being Spirit-filled. I want to give you a biblical definition and characterization of a Spirit-filled church. Actually, there would be several biblical definitions and examples of what a Spirit-filled church really is. […]

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What Will Happen to Southern Baptists?

Today is the first day of the Southern Baptist Convention meeting for 2017. We are meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. The meeting is expected to draw between 4000–5000 messengers from across the 47,000 congregation SBC. We have eight messengers from FBC Covington attending. This is an interesting convention for a number of reasons. The issue that […]

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Can You Be A Christian Without Believing the Resurrection?

Can you be a Christian without believing the resurrection? Christians are very different in many ways. We are Democrats and Republicans as well as independents. We come from all over the country and all over the world. In my own congregation we have people from many places in Latin America, almost all 50 states, as […]

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Our Affection for the Cross

This is an adaptation of a post from several years ago. I hope you find it meaningful for your Good Friday. What is it that makes today “good?” Would anyone without knowledge of the Christian faith ever understand what makes this day good? We certainly can understand the dilemma that others have with our faith. After […]

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I am the senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana, a position that I have held since 1989.

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[The Birth of Jesus Foretold] In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” — Luke 1:26-28 (NIV)