• OUR 2011 GLOBAL MISSIONS CONFERENCE IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!

    by Shawn Merithew on August 23, 2011

    It is now just about a month until we gather for our 4th annual Global Missions Conference here at Morningview, and I hope you will make every effort to be in attendance for all of the activities.  This year, Chuck Lawless will be our keynote speaker.  Dr. Lawless was one of my professors at Southern Seminary, and he served there for several years as the Dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism.  Just a few months ago, Dr. Lawless was appointed to the International Missions Board as the (more…)

  • IS EVERY HILL A HILL TO DIE ON?

    by Shawn Merithew on August 16, 2011

    In modern American evangelicalism, one finds that conviction on any matter of doctrine is severely lacking.  The majority of professing believers in the U.S. tend to be very lukewarm about “truth” in general, and more specifically, lukewarm about the truths that are central to the Christian faith.  For example, many people flip-flop on the question of biblical inerrancy, they are wishy-washy on the question of (more…)

  • WHEN IS IT GOOD TO DISAGREE?

    by Shawn Merithew on August 12, 2011

    Never!  That’s the answer that we all would like to be able to give to the above question.  After all, what good can come out of our disagreements?  This may surprise you, but there are actually many good things that can come out of our disagreements when we handle them biblically.

    This past Sunday, part of my sermon lent itself to a brief discussion of eschatology (or the doctrine of the end times).  As I preached that section of my sermon, I stated that eschatology was a third-tier doctrinal discussion.  First-tier issues are those doctrines that we must agree upon to be considered Christians; doctrines like the authority of Scripture, justification by faith, the substitutionary (more…)

  • THE BEAUTY OF IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS

    by Shawn Merithew on August 2, 2011

    Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.”  Salvation is not our doing, it is God’s doing.  I had the privilege to preach this marvelous truth as we considered the story of the Rich Young Ruler this past Sunday.  He came to Jesus seeking the key to personal goodness and eternal life.  What Jesus told him was that the goodness and life he sought belonged to God alone, and if he wanted that goodness and life, he had to turn (more…)

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