Biblical Insight and Teaching

The Kingdom is not given to the church | Correcting a faulty understanding of Matthew 21:43

Dr. Randy White Matthew 21:43 says much, and much that has been said about it is wrong. “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof” (Matthew 21:43, KJV). For generations preachers and theologians have used this verse as a proof-text to show that the Kingdom of God has been taken from Israel and given to the church. This has been taught so often that it goes almost unquestioned by pastor and people alike. The prophesied [...]

By | July 16th, 2015|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching|Comments Off on The Kingdom is not given to the church | Correcting a faulty understanding of Matthew 21:43

Does God Select Kings?

Dr. Randy White We love to “blame God” for some things that God did not order, and perhaps nowhere do we do so more consistently than when it comes to national leaders. But I want to question the assumptions on the commonly held belief that God selects kings, presidents, and other world leaders. Of course, we can find many verses from the Hebrew Scriptures that display this activity of God. Here is an example of two such verses-- “Howbeit the LORD God of Israel chose me before all the house of [...]

By | July 9th, 2015|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching, Current Events|Comments Off on Does God Select Kings?

Life In Post-Christian America

Dr. Randy White For years there has been debate about whether our country was ever a “Christian” nation. Without doubt, we were established on principles that included freedom of religion, but one would also have to be unbelievably selective to conclude that the USA was not born out of a desire to be free unto religion. The Pilgrim came to find a place where he and his family could worship outside the Church of England. Others, like Roger Williams or the Quakers of Penn's Woods expanded the idea of religious liberties [...]

By | July 2nd, 2015|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching, Current Events|Comments Off on Life In Post-Christian America

Pastoral Advice for those who Worry

Dr. Randy White I'm sure that worry has been around since the fall of man, but with the advent of social media, worriers now have a new avenue through which to broadcast their fears. As I look through Facebook or Twitter, I find lots of people expressing lots of fears. As a Pastor (who is notoriously not-worried), I want to give a little advice to those who struggle fulfilling the instruction to, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known [...]

By | May 29th, 2015|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching, Current Events, Devotionals|Comments Off on Pastoral Advice for those who Worry

Are We Kings or a Kingdom? A Question of the Translation of Revelation 5:10

Dr. Randy White, with Sidney Broome The book of Revelation is usually studied for its prophetic style and revelatory inclinations. But when studying the book of Revelation, just like any other book in the canon, doctrine which affects our “here and now” thinking and practice is inevitably formed. An example of this is found in Revelation 5:10, a passage in which we catch a glimpse of John’s vision of the throne room. In Revelation 5:10, the reader is exposed to a passage that, depending on the translation, points to different theological [...]

By | May 19th, 2015|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching|Comments Off on Are We Kings or a Kingdom? A Question of the Translation of Revelation 5:10

Why I Don't Celebrate Earth Day

Today (April 22) is "Earth Day." Since 1970, liberals and public school children across America have bowed to creation, celebrating mother earth, and dedicated themselves to protection of the environment through dubious means, scam science, and unBiblical perspectives. Earth day is messed up from its core. It began in 1970 by hippies and liberal politicians. The politicians wanted to take the "flower power" and redirect it from the government to the environment. The hippies, too high on drugs to know they were being used, took the bait. It was a day [...]

By | April 22nd, 2015|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching, Current Events|Comments Off on Why I Don't Celebrate Earth Day

Restoring All Things? Another Misguided Attempt

The bandwagon toward restorationism has more unsuspecting believers jumping on than just about any other bandwagon that is railing its way through the church today. The Christian desire to see a better world, free from the suffering of poverty, sickness, abuse, and other evils, is the fuel that many have used to gain riders on the restoration bandwagon. We want--and should want--a better world. The latest is a conference and book, both by the title, "Restoring All Things," by Warren Cole Smith (World Publishing) and John Stonestreet (Colson Center and co-host of Breakpoint). [...]

By | March 9th, 2015|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching, Current Events|Comments Off on Restoring All Things? Another Misguided Attempt

The Yellow-Bellied Snake Called Anonymous

Dr. Randy White As a Pastor, I’ve received plenty of anonymous letters. Some are mailed, others are dropped in the offering plate, others come from “a friend ask me to share his/her concern.” Over the years I’ve learned to do the same thing with anonymous messages, however they come and whatever they say: ignore them. An anonymous message is never to be trusted. It comes from someone with an agenda, and that agenda is one that the “John Doe” prefers to keep secret. Any agenda with a grain of morality doesn’t [...]

By | February 10th, 2015|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching|Comments Off on The Yellow-Bellied Snake Called Anonymous

Why You Worry, and How to Overcome

Dr. Randy White Worry is a continual problem for some people. Here’s a few insights into why you worry, and a word on how to overcome your worry addiction. You worry because you listen to everyone except God Most worriers I know need to quit listening to all the chatter around them. These worriers originally picked up their worry from some external source: the weatherman, the internet, the news channel, their crazy Aunt Jane, or the bestselling Christian book that spelled out the doom of the stock market. From wherever the [...]

By | February 5th, 2015|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching, Current Events|Comments Off on Why You Worry, and How to Overcome

Pastor: Lead a Bible Study (and don’t try to be a life-coach, leadership guru, cultural icon, or church-growth celebrity)

Dr. Randy White One of the greatest blessings of my ministry has been leading Bible studies. I’m not talking about sermons (though I love to preach). I’m talking about nitty-gritty Bible study. Not the modern kind that is full of illustrations and applications, but the kind that digs to see more of the identity of the people involved in the story, the context, the location, the Hebrew or Greek word. I mean the kind of Bible study that is boring. Boring to many people, that is. Boring to many modern church [...]

By | January 15th, 2015|Articles, Biblical Insight and Teaching, Current Events|Comments Off on Pastor: Lead a Bible Study (and don’t try to be a life-coach, leadership guru, cultural icon, or church-growth celebrity)