To inspire the girls at our boarding school, I showed them "Hoosiers" starring Gene Hackman last night. Now they can't wait to begin basketball practice.
I used to preach at the church of the town where the film was made. I'm kind of proud of that. But have you noticed how "Hoosiers" is a metaphor for the small town church preacher?
The Coach, who is new to town is the preacher. He has knowledge and experience, but the townsfolk (the church) are used to doing things a certain way. The new coach wants to concentrate on fundamentals, the townsfolk want to keep up with what the other towns are doing. Sound familiar?
I believe baptism is for the remission of sins and is the time and place of salvation, but knowing this is not essential for salvation. I know many in the movement disagree with this point of view, but they cross the line into making baptism a work. I say this, because they require a re-baptism, even if the person understood the gospel and has been faithful every since. People who hold this view, think of baptism as the gospel and not what it really is, the proper response to the gospel. Remember, Paul said he came to preach the gospel, not to baptize. That doesn't make Paul a heretic, it just shows there is difference between baptism and the gospel itself (1 Cor 1:17).
Today is the anniversary of 9/11 and sadly it is our lowest point in American History. Our government is now going to facilitate a nuclear device to destroy Israel, or one of our own cities. The danger of this can not be overstated nor the incompetence of the Republican Party that has ceded its power to the President allowing this to happen. This Iran deal is very dangerous and goes against all common sense.
Years ago I watched my friends and family trying to make history instead of trying to do the right thing. The result is that we have elected a President that is on the side of the same terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 and most of America sleeps. God help us.
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