Posts by Glen Hallead

Rejecting Mediocrity…

based on Psalm 15; Romans 8:1-14 In a recent sermon on Romans, John Piper conclude his sermon on sin by clearly stating that we can either be killing sin or sin will be killing us. And I quote from the conclusion of that sermon: In Romans 6:2 Paul poses the question, “How can we who died […]

A Holy, Perfect Life…

Leviticus 19 and Matthew 5:38-48 We live in a world of arrogance, where we either judge one another with impunity and self-righteousness or we refuse to properly discern or judge between right and wrong as if there was no real right and wrong. We use our tendency toward sin as an excuse for it. And […]

A sermon to challenge…

Deuteronomy 30:15-20 New International Version (NIV) See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.  For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will […]

Dissension, Discipline, and Discipleship

Back in 2009/10 the Session of the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church adopted a statement similar to this: “The Session of the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church of Sanford, NC hereby declares it belief: That Jesus Christ alone is Lord of all and the way of salvation. That Holy Scripture is the triune God’s revealed Word, the […]

The problem of sin and forgiveness…

We all likely agree that sin is bad and that forgiveness is good!  Thanks be to God that forgiveness is ours in Jesus Christ. But sin as sin cannot be forgiven apart from the components thereof. There must be an offense against God’s will. There must be a vehicle of grace, given by God, not […]

Clinton-Sanders-Trump…

As I sat back today wondering how we’ve gotten ourselves into the mess we have before us, concerning the presidential election choices, it occured to me that God doesn’t call the qualified, God’ qualifies the called.  God can use anyone open to do his bidding, to follow where He rightly leads. As our Bible study […]

America’s decreasing role in faith worldwide…

An article in today’s news reported that the worldwide Anglican Communion has suspended The Episcopal Church (Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA – PECUSA) for its stand on gay marriage.  While some action was expected many thought it might be that the more conservative bishops may split.  Instead they rallied and have sharply disciplined the […]

The Fun Warden…

“Okay, let’s make sure we leave enough time to get back before dark.” “Settle down. Don’t get carried away.”  “That’s not appropriate.”  Just a few of the tag lines that earned me the name of “fun warden.” Don’t get me wrong, I was always looking for a good time – chasing the baboons through the […]

Spell-Checking, Fact-Checking, and truth as a Christian Witness

A recent article in the Layman (http://www.layman.org/covenant-network-bisexuality-basics-honoring-the-bi-in-pres-bi-terian/) has prompted this first blog post.  We are all acquainted with the computer based spell check programs that, on occasion, change the word we spell to something else.  I recently received a note where the word “seem” came across as “Sean.”  Quite likely the author typed something like […]