Hal’s Blog

  • [Video] Jesus Didn’t Pay for Your Sins

    November 14, 2019 by

    Why is it that the biblical authors use language regarding the atonement differently than most use today? Out of all the phrases in the New Testament that refer to Jesus’ sacrificial death, most people choose to use a phrase that isn’t there. Why is that? I talk about that in this video. For more on… Read more

    Read More
  • October Newsletter 2019

    October 31, 2019 by

    Breaching the Stronghold On a typical day of evangelism, I hit the streets to preach and chat with those who approach me. Most often my day looks like this: I set up, I start preaching, people stop to chat. Sometimes I’ll preach for a stretch of 20-30 mins. Other times, I’ll barely get started before… Read more

    Read More
  • What Does it Mean to be Dead in Trespasses and Sins?

    October 16, 2019 by

    And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins. – Ephesians 2:1 One of my favorite sections of scripture is found in the first half of Ephesians chapter two. It beautifully explains the grace of God that was so freely given to us in Christ. After so vividly explaining the great hopelessness… Read more

    Read More
  • September Newsletter 2019

    September 30, 2019 by

    ‘A debtor to both the Greek and the Barbarian.’ In Romans chapter one, Paul explained that he was a ‘debtor both to the Greeks and to barbarians…’ This was a significant thing for Paul to say, both for that time and for the present time. In Paul’s day, the Greeks were the educated and sophisticated… Read more

    Read More
  • Why You Shouldn’t Love Yourself.

    September 13, 2019 by

    But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves… – 2 Tim 3:2 I often hear people, even in Christian circles, talk about the need to love oneself more. But this is not a good or biblical idea. I’ll explain why.  First of all, there… Read more

    Read More
  • August Newsletter 2019

    August 29, 2019 by

    Boardwalk Evangelism I know I’ve said this before, but I’m going to say it again! It never ceases to amaze me to how many people will open up and talk about spiritual things with a complete stranger on the boardwalk! Not only have I had countless gospel conversations with people on the boardwalk, but I’ve… Read more

    Read More
  • July Newsletter 2019

    August 1, 2019 by

    Summer Evangelism This July I spent some time in Ocean City, NJ. I departed from my normal style of paint board evangelism and joined with some fellow ministers in using the ‘Heaven Test’ sign. You are probably familiar with the ‘Heaven Test’ sign if you are a regular reader of this newsletter. But in case… Read more

    Read More
  • June Newsletter 2019

    July 1, 2019 by

    This newsletter is going to be all about my kids! Why? Well, one, because my kids have been my focus for the past month. With my wife finishing up work before the baby’s arrival, I was Mr. Mom. This month I found myself focusing exclusively on the family. Being home with the kids has given… Read more

    Read More
  • May Newsletter 2019

    May 31, 2019 by

    An Important Work Preaching on the streets is an important work. It is undoubtably the rawest and purest form of evangelism. In fact, the word ‘preach’ in the Greek New Testament has the meaning of being a herald. A herald’s job was to be sure to deliver the message of the king in such a… Read more

    Read More
  • April Newsletter 2019

    April 30, 2019 by

    Blessing in Boston At the beginning of April, my good friend Arnoldo and I had the opportunity to travel to Boston to minister at a wonderful Spanish church. It was unusual to get a request from a Spanish church (since I don’t speak Spanish), but I was glad to go. Arnoldo (a friend from my… Read more

    Read More
  • How the Atonement Substitutes Punishment

    April 25, 2019 by

    [This blog continues my thoughts on the Atonement. For a fuller understanding, visit these previous posts that I have written: Jesus Didn’t Pay for Your Sins, The Governmental Theory of the Atonement, Error From Penal Substitution] The beauty of the Cross of Christ is that it serves as a substitute for the penalty of the… Read more

    Read More
  • March Newsletter 2019

    April 1, 2019 by

    The Power of the Law. Christians don’t like to talk about law much these days, and I can understand why. The Old Testament Law isn’t for true Christians. Christians are not under the law. We are not to serve in the oldness of the letter, but under the newness of the spirit. HOWEVER, the law… Read more

    Read More
  • Error from Penal Substitution

    March 17, 2019 by

    Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. – 1 John 3:7 It would be wise for us to go throughout the Bible to look for verses like these that begin with, “let no one deceive you…” There are several. The sad thing is that… Read more

    Read More
  • The Governmental Theory of Atonement

    March 10, 2019 by

    The Atonement of Christ is perhaps the most important doctrine of the Bible. It is because of the atonement that we can be forgiven and saved. This being the case, the atonement is something very important to understand. The word ‘atonement’ can be understood by breaking up the word into three words: at-one-ment. In other… Read more

    Read More
  • February Newsletter 2019

    February 28, 2019 by

    God in University Philosophy. I spoke to a young man at the University of Delaware recently who surprised me in a good way. I have spoken with him several times over the past year or so. He was generally antagonistic to the gospel–but in a friendly way. He enjoyed chatting with me and I enjoyed… Read more

    Read More
  • January Newsletter 2019

    February 6, 2019 by

    The Dregs of Society and the Dregs of Suffering. I got to spend some time in Camden, NJ for the first time during the cold weather of the new year. My immediate thought was, “This place is awful. This is nothing more than the dregs of society.” As we preached, a few feet away there… Read more

    Read More
  • December 2018 Newsletter

    December 31, 2018 by

    2018 is Over! It’s hard to believe that 2018 is already over. It has now been two full years since I launched out into full time evangelism! Wow! God has been very good to us and has faithfully supplied all our needs. I can say like Samuel: “Thus far, the Lord has helped us.” (1… Read more

    Read More
  • Election and Predestination

    December 11, 2018 by

    For whom He foreknew, He also predestinated… – Romans 8:29 There’s a lot of thoughts and confusion when it comes to election and predestination. As a young man, when I first began studying the scriptures, I was troubled regarding this subject. I encountered some Calvinists who began to explain to me that some people were… Read more

    Read More
  • Salvation is a Work of Man

    December 10, 2018 by

    I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains… – Philemon 1:10 Often we hear people say that salvation is a work of God. Is this true? Of course it is. But when people take it so far to say that salvation is a work of God alone,… Read more

    Read More
  • November 2018 Newsletter!

    November 30, 2018 by

    The Human Heart.  The human heart is in much worse shape than most people realize. In my daily Bible reading, I came across a verse that struck me. It is found in Luke 16:15. Jesus spoke this to the Pharisees: “You are those who justify yourself before men, but God knows your hearts.” The Pharisees… Read more

    Read More
View all posts

Writings and Videos on various topics, and ministry newsletters. Click ‘Read More’ or simply scroll down. Feel free to use the search icon in the top right corner to search the blog archives.