Month: December 2011

Getting Under Your Skin

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

Years ago, when I was pastor of the old First Baptist Church in Charleston, South Carolina, I preached the commencement sermon once and conducted chapel several times at the Citadel, the military college.  The Commandant was General Summerall, once Chief of Staff, a fine old soldier.  I remember that he turned to me after one of the services and said simply, “You get under these boys’ skins.”

I have wished many times since to be the kind of preacher who would always do just that. Too much preaching nowadays pats the back and tickles the ear but does not get under the skin. There is no conviction and therefore no conversion. I am thinking not only of the ministry of reproof and rebuke but also of the message of inspiration, of encouragement, of comfort. People go out of church at noon with the depths unstirred, the heart untouched, the conscience unpricked. Of course, it is dangerous preaching at times. When Stephen preached, the people were cut to the heart and he died for it. He got under the skin. Paul was good at getting under the skin and world gave him no plaques or dinners in his honor. And the Greatest of all got under so many skins that the crowds crucified Him. He set the example and His gospel does no good until it gets under the skin.

by Vance Havner

The Prophetic Implications of A Eurozone Collapse

Bill Wilson 90x115by Bill Wilson

The London Financial Times is reporting that the eurozone has only days before it comes face to face with financial collapse. This event, if it occurs, should be watched very carefully by those discerning the times. The collapse of Europe’s financial system is the throw-down of the earth’s oldest remaining financial system. This reaches deep into the old money of the world. Financiers are trying their best to put a system in place to avoid a total collapse. Problem is, they are seeking to prop the current system with the same policies that caused it to fail in the first place–debt and debt financing. The potential collapse of the eurozone has long reaching impact, described by some as viral.