Mark Escalera

The Impeccability of Christ – Pink

This is a good reminder as we move into the weekend that Christ was not only sinless and did no sin, but that He could not have sinned. It was not within His nature. If you get this part of theology incorrect, you will get other parts wrong. We hope you will enjoy this writing […]

Is Suicide Ever an Option?

There is a great deal of words that have been written about the suicide of a recent celebrity. This blog does not intend to readdress this sad loss for his family and friends. The fact is that depression has seen another life go out into eternity. However, before I address the question at hand, I […]

Uncompromising Gospel

Weakness – Paul Washer

Superman Goes to Church?

Yesterday evening, I posted this on my Facebook wall. No, this was not some off the wall church, but a long-established church considered well within the realms of evangelicalism. Some preachers of old came from this particular denomination and would probably roll over in their graves if they knew what was being spoon-fed to gullible […]

Wrong Motives Produce No Lasting Joy

Recently, I have been reading through the wonderful allegory by John Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress. We were also blessed to obtain an audio dramatization from Master Books that we would highly recommend to anybody who loves this story. One scenario stands out in my mind and I have been pondering for some time now. The […]

Evangelism – Major Ian Thomas

Major Ian Thomas shares insights on evangelism. Major Thomas was in the British Army and later founded Torchbearers International. Evangelism – Major Ian Thomas – Powerful Sermon Jam from Job29Guy on Vimeo.

Paul Washer – The Great Commission

Paul hits another one out of the park with this little sermon jam. It is well worth just under 7 minutes of your time to watch this video. May we be encouraged to continue moving forward for Christ instead of staying stagnant. As Paul exhorts in this video, let us live for Christ in such […]

Rock of Ages

Sir Will­iam Hen­ry Wills, in a let­ter to Dean Le­froy, pub­lished in the [Lon­don] Times in June, 1898, says ‘Top­la­dy was one day over­tak­en by a thun­der­storm in Bur­ring­ton Coombe, on the edge of my prop­er­ty, Blag­don, a rocky glen run­ning up in­to the heart of the Men­dip range, and there, tak­ing shel­ter be­tween two […]

Independence Day and the state of the church in America.

Originally posted on Defending. Contending.:
Today marks the 234th anniversary of our nation’s birth, but this occasion brings to mind two problems that I see within Christendom; both of which have the same solution. Firstly, why do we (every year at this time) feel the need to mix nationalism with the church? On this Sunday,…

Family Renewal – An Introduction

It is my privilege to introduce a fairly new ministry to the faithful readers here at Defending Contending. In 1999, our family first met Sis. Skeet Savage and her family which includes her daughter, Sony Elise and her son, Israel Wayne. Sis. Skeet is responsible for the writing ministries under the umbrella of Wisdom’s Gate […]

Cultural Gluttony

Excerpt from Art Azurdia’s message entitled, “A Clarion Call to Worldly Christianity.” You can find the full message in two parts: Part 1 Part 2

Jesus & the Tree of Life

The Problem of Good Deeds

This is a good video from Pastor Michael Durham of Real Truth Matters. It should be watched and considered by anybody who thinks that good deeds will grant you any grace before God. Modern American Christianity has been redesigned in a way that seeks to make you feel good about yourself, but it does not […]

Enduring Heartbreak

The last few months in the lives of our family have brought great pain and heartbreak, but God has been so faithful. Apart from the time we spent in the jungles of Liberia, West Africa, I cannot remember a period where we have been so broken and spent emotionally, physically, and even spiritually. Looking at […]

Some Really, Really Bad Sins

A fellow pastor in Scotland, Bro. Jon Gleason posted this on his own blogsite and as we have done a few times in the past, I felt this was one worth sharing and giving much consideration.  Thank you, Jon, for your faithfulness to the Lord. **************** Some Really, Really Bad Sins Posted on 27 May, 2014 […]

How Much Do You Love Christ?

Oh Father, may you reawaken the first love we had for Christ when we were rescued from the pit of hell and from having to undergo Your wrath. May our hearts be overwhelmed with Jesus Christ so that there is nothing that will ever be first above Him. Christ does not want prominence (first among […]

Which Way to Heaven?

What a beautiful reminder by John MacArthur that God alone sets the rules for how we can get to heaven. It is simple for it is by grace through faith alone in Christ alone! Plus nothing and minus nothing, or you will be damned. As John says, it is not enough to admire the gospel, […]

Coming Persecution – Steve Lawson

Our Newest Contributor – Sony Elise

Hello Defending Contending Readers, I want to briefly introduce a longtime friend of our family, Sony Elise. While she may not be writing as regularly as some of us, I know that what she shares by way of encouragement will be a blessing to you. It has been a while since we have had a […]

Carnal Means to Attract Carnal People

Paul Washer speaks poignantly and directly to both pastors and church members. The Bride of Christ needs to wake up and remove those from their midst who keep them from following Christ. If you are following a church leadership that hates the true gospel of the Lord Jesus, you would be better to have a […]

10 Ways to Hinder Growth in Worship

This is a very interesting video worth watching in regards to worship. Too many churches have gone down this path of being relevant and producing worship that is mind-numbing. In a recent ministry, it was more important to have more songs than doctrine or preaching. The preferred timing of the service is that the preaching […]

What is Salvation? – Paul Washer

Jesus didn’t care about being nice or tolerant, and neither should you

Originally posted on The Matt Walsh Blog:
There is no shortage of heresies these days. If you want to adopt some blasphemous, perverted, fun house mirror reflection of Christianity, you will find a veritable buffet of options. You can sift through all the variants and build your own little pet version of the Faith. It’s…

Love and the Inhumanity of Same-Sex Marriage

This article from The Gospel Coalition is a timely message that every true believer should understand in regards to current legal morass surrounding same-sex marriage. Sadly, the number of those following all of Scripture and those following just the parts they like is quickly becoming skewed in the direction of the world. Further, and even […]

The Kind of Preaching God Blesses

This is a message from the 2012 Shepherds’ Conference and delivered by Dr. Steve Lawson. The text is from 1 Corinthians 2.

Crucifixion Tuesday – Summary

Originally posted on Mind Renewers:
The Tuesday Before the Crucifixion This is a summary of a series of posts on “Passion Tuesday” — the Tuesday before our Lord’s crucifixion. “Whose is This Image and Superscription?” — A coin in the British Museum shows clearly that the coin the Pharisees and Herodians brought to Jesus was…

Sovereign Election – Wonderful Truths

The Judgement Seat of Christ

Oh that God would break our hearts for the reality that eternity is closer than we wish to imagine! Our churches are being crushed under the weight of worldliness and a desire to please man instead of Jesus Christ. Too many are not just guilty of watching the Bride of Christ being assaulted, but are […]

LOST – The Holiness of God in Churches

Preaching about the love of God as if He is like the friendly grandfather is a false gospel. God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life is a false gospel. The true gospel is one that exalts the holiness of God, the supremacy of Jesus Christ, and the total depravity of every […]