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The End?

From the moment of my writing until midnight tonight, I have to make a decision whether to continue the domain of 5ptsalt.com. It’s not easy. On the one hand, I started it for all the wrong reasons. On the other, there is evidence that some have benefited by it. Then again, there are many who […]

The Myth of the ‘Mission Trip’

“Youth groups and their leaders love ‘mission trips’ but it’s time for a bit of honesty among the practitioners of such enterprises.  First, they exhibit a kind of colonialism and an attitude of superiority.  That is, the mission trippers leave their affluent homes (mission trips are expensive) and they travel to some impoverished area and […]

February 17

UK-USA Ministries: Bringing the Gospel to A Post-Christian England

I highly recommend this organization as worthy of your support. I absolutely love the concept. If you’ve ever considered getting involved in a ministry making a lasting impact to the glory of God, here’s a great opportunity to serve in a country which is unbelievably spiritually dark. Less than 5% of the population of England […]

December 31

The Responsibility of Blogging

2013 is coming to a fast closure, and as it does, I am reminded of one over-arching truth that has truly hit home with me. Preaching in front of 50, who come to hear and be taught from the Word of God is a fearful task and a heavy responsibility not to be taken lightly. […]

Preach with Authority, Not Authorities

A first-class book, The Mystery of Preaching, by James Black (pp. 127-28) warns against quoting. Paradoxically, the author relies on quotations, which I borrow. “Have you noticed,” asked James Denney, “that the Apostles seldom quote, except from the source of their authority?” “In my experience of listening to sermons,” declared George Adam Smith, “no art […]

A Plea from Tees Valley, England

For as long as I’ve known Mike Taylor (and, let’s be honest, he is getting older) this guy has had a heart for the youth. The founder of UK-USA Ministries, Mike is working hard to both fulfill the Great Commission, and reach the heart of the youth while developing leadership skills in them and then….send […]

January 09

Re-Thinking ‘Children’s Church’

In my own Baptist denomination, there is what is commonly referred to as ‘Children’s Church’. This is not a practice only in Baptist circles, of course, but one which crosses denominations, isn’t it? Is ‘Children’s Church’ biblical? Does it fall under that enormously broad category of ‘neither approved nor condemned in Scripture’? Here is my […]

John MacArthur: Jesus Is Not King

When the most influential preacher of our day says Jesus is not King, how can any true Christian remain silent in opposition to such heresy? Easy, they put self above the Truth of God. For some online discernment ministries (ODM’s) there are more important things than the truth of God’s Word. Reputation. Career. Invitations to […]

Secret Sins

David Leach: “Christian, your secret sins are never secret. (Prov 15:3) You may go to desperate lengths to secure your darker impulses and antinomian activity from your church, your neighbor your family and your co-worker but you utterly lack the resources to hide them from the eyes of the Lord. Even if you are profoundly […]

Fast Track to A Popular Ministry

You must not prophesy to us what is right, Speak to us pleasant words, Prophesy illusions. – Isaiah 30:10 The best, and easiest way I can think of to become popular in ‘the ministry’ is to proclaim and live God’s Word in a compromising fashion. Don’t apply, or asks anyone else to apply, any truth […]

The Danger of a Large Ministry

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be abond-servant of Christ. – Galatians 1:10 (NASB) There is nothing wrong per-se with mega-churches and worldwide ministries led, often times, by authors of hundreds […]

Wanted–100,000 Dorothy Boyds

2012 is here, and 5ptsalt.com is undergoing changes. Looks for one. So far, this has been an interesting, and in many ways, incredible run. How long will it last? I‘ve no idea. How did it get started? I could almost answer the same. I’ve no idea. But, that wouldn’t be totally true. I know what […]

The Gospel According to Tebow

This video of well-known Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow was brought to my attention this morning, and after watching it, there’s really only one word needed to describe it. Tragic. It’s tragic because here was an opportunity to proclaim the biblical Gospel and yet there was no message (that we know of anyway) of repentance […]

The Ever-Widening Scope of Church Ministry

And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ. –Ephesians 4:11, 12 (NASB) If you are a Christian, you should be going to your […]

Tattoos: Pagan Demonism, Shamanism, Baal Worship & Occult Mysticism

I recently posted an article on Tattoos and Body Modifications in which, I’d hoped it would be seen that one of the core issues in professing Christians getting tattoos (or body modifications) is because they are discontent with how God made them in the first place and seeking happiness in something other than God. For […]

Unless the Lord Builds Your Ministry

Keith Green . Still moves me.

Top 10 Signs of Pragmatism in Ministry

Here’s a quick Top 10 list you can use to evaluate yourself and your ministry for signs of pragmatism. If you see ecclesiology as a subset of missiology, you might be a pragmatist. If you believe evangelism rather than edification is the purpose of the church, you might be a pragmatist. If you are trying […]

Reaching the Youth Culture

The Necessity of Gospel-centered, Christ-exalting Worship

  [Worship] services that are designed to induce feelings communicate that the Gospel alone has no power to induce such feelings toward God. – Jared Moore   You do not want to create worship services that make Christians want to return to your worship services again; instead you want to create worship services that make […]

Three Spheres of Delegated Authority

There are 3 basic institutions ordained by God. The Family which is the ministry of education. The Church which is the ministry of grace. The state which is the ministry of justice. 3 separate spheres of power and authority, all of which receive their authority from God in His written Word.. If one leaves the […]

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