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Would You Sign?

The following post is not meant to offend or make anyone uncomfortable, especially my friends who hold to different beliefs. However, please understand that there are times when we must speak out for the things we value.
Check back later for more crazy posts about crazy stuff.

The Declaration

As we enter into the last few days before a presidential election, we need to be in prayer for our country. The future direction of our country could literally be at stake, and that is a view held by people on both sides of the political isle.

But as a believer in Christ, I feel it is my duty to encourage those in leadership to guide this great nation down a path that secures basic liberties and promotes certain values I hold dear. That is why I signed the Manhattan Declaration.

What is the Manhattan Declaration? It is a “call of Christian conscience.” The following is a quote from ManhattanDeclaration.org

Christians, when they have lived up to the highest ideals of their faith, have defended the weak and vulnerable and worked tirelessly to protect and strengthen vital institutions of civil society, beginning with the family. It was in this tradition that a group of prominent Christian clergy, ministry leaders, and scholars released the Manhattan Declaration on November 20, 2009 at a press conference in Washington, DC. The 4,700-word declaration speaks in defense of the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty. It issues a clarion call to Christians to adhere firmly to their convictions in these three areas.

Not a Compromiser

Some good friends of mine have decided not to sign this document for fear of giving the wrong impression, the impression of theological compromise. They believe that by signing it they would be supporting the furtherance of key doctrinal differences and error. Specifically, some have expressed fear that signing this document would show support for the Catholic church. However, that is not what this is about.

I have signed this document, as have many other solidly conservative evangelicals, such as Dr. Daniel Akin, Kay Arthur, Dr. Michael Easley, Dr. Al Mohler, Chuck Swindoll, and Ravi Zacharias. None of these people are promoting a different belief system, nor am I. But what we are doing is siding with others who hold to the same cherished beliefs regarding the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty.

Let Your Voice Be Heard

Please, just take a moment or two and read the Manhattan Declaration.  If you do not agree with it, then don’t sign it. If you do not support the values it promotes, then don’t sign it.

But, if you do agree with it….well, you know what to do.

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Sermon Audio and Prayer Request

It is late at night, but I had to finish a recording for the radio this Sunday. Do you want to hear it?

I am going to take a big risk, here, and upload the audio file for this coming Sunday. It was recorded in my kitchen, on a laptop, using a cheap headphone mic and Audacity.

Being that many of you may never listen to AM radio, nor could you get this station where you are, this should be interesting. Don’t count on high quality. This isn’t FM, nor am I ready for Moody Radio.

Essentially, I have 15 minutes to preach a sermon which usually takes me 45 in a regular service. I don’t know why it is harder to cover stuff in a shorter amount of time, but it is. Anyway, what I sound like on this broadcast is a little different than in church.

Well, you may not think too highly of me after this. Be prepared. I may be shattering some preconceptions. Please forgive me if I do. I know I can’t preach like Chuck Swindoll or Tony Evans. I’m just me. What’s more, I may not sound like you expect. I may sound like the type of preacher you don’t like. I hope not.

Also, I wanted to write on here tonight because of something else. My wife is having some procedures done tomorrow (same day surgery). Please keep her in your prayers. But I would also ask that you keep me in your prayers, too. 5 and 6 hours of sleep every night is taking it’s toll.

Let me know what you think of the recording. If you have any suggestions on how to make it better (microphone headset, gadgets, software, etc.), please let me know. But if the message is a blessing, please let me know that, too. It won’t hurt my feelings.

Click here to listen: January 29 Sermon

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