How God Uses the Church to Dismantle the Demonic Empire that Deludes the World

Delivered April 12, 2002, via Zoom to a group of Christian house-church leaders in India, at the invitation of my friend, Edwin Daliya, a native of Mussoorie, India, who translated this message into Hindi as I presented it in English. Edwin heads a missions organization that plants churches throughout northern India. By Brad Hicks God’sContinue reading “How God Uses the Church to Dismantle the Demonic Empire that Deludes the World”

The Heart in Scripture: Heart, Blood & Spirit in the New Testament (Part 6)

Delivered November 2, 2001, via Zoom to a group of Christian house-church leaders in India, at the invitation of my friend, Edwin Daliya, a native of Mussoorie, India, who translated this message into Hindi as I presented it in English. Edwin heads a missions organization that plants churches throughout northern India. By Brad Hicks ThisContinue reading “The Heart in Scripture: Heart, Blood & Spirit in the New Testament (Part 6)”

The Heart in Scripture: Blood & Heart in the New Testament (Part 5)

By Brad Hicks Delivered October 19, 2001, via Zoom to a group of Christian house-church leaders in India, at the invitation of my friend, Edwin Daliya, a native of Mussoorie, India, who translated this message into Hindi as I presented it in English. Edwin heads a missions organization that plants churches throughout northern India. ForContinue reading “The Heart in Scripture: Blood & Heart in the New Testament (Part 5)”

The Heart in Scripture: Heart in the O.T. Wisdom Books (Part 4)

By Brad Hicks Delivered October 5, 2021, via Zoom to a group of Christian church leaders in India, at the invitation of my friend, Edwin Daliya, a native of Mussoorie, India. Edwin heads a missions organization that plants churches throughout northern India. In our study-discussion of the word heart in the Bible, we’ve investigated 34Continue reading “The Heart in Scripture: Heart in the O.T. Wisdom Books (Part 4)”

The Heart in Scripture: Heart in the O.T. Prophetic Books (Part 3)

By Brad Hicks To be delivered on September 28, 2021, via Zoom to a group of Christian church leaders in India, at the invitation of my friend, Edwin Daliya, a native of Mussoorie, India. Edwin heads a missions organization that plants churches throughout northern India. In our study and discussion of the word “heart” inContinue reading “The Heart in Scripture: Heart in the O.T. Prophetic Books (Part 3)”

The Heart in Scripture: Heart in the O.T. Historical Books (Part 2)

By Brad Hicks Delivered on August 31, 2021, via Zoom to a group of Christian church leaders in India, at the invitation of my friend, Edwin Daliya, a native of Mussoorie, India. Edwin heads a missions organization that plants churches throughout northern India. The books in the Old Testament that we refer to as theContinue reading “The Heart in Scripture: Heart in the O.T. Historical Books (Part 2)”

The Heart in Scripture: Heart in Torah (Part 1)

By Brad Hicks Delivered on August 10, 2021, via Zoom to a group of Christian church leaders in India, at the invitation of my friend, Edwin Daliya, a native of Mussoorie, India. Edwin heads a missions organization that plants churches throughout northern India. The word “heart” is translated 725 times in the Bible, 576 timesContinue reading “The Heart in Scripture: Heart in Torah (Part 1)”

Thankfulness in a Self-Absorbed Culture (Part 2)

By Brad Hicks Last week, in Part 1 of our discussion on thankfulness in the scriptures, we pored over the Old Testament and noticed that the word thanks was first used in the Book of Leviticus as it related to the Law of Moses; God commanded that offerings and sacrifices were to be made inContinue reading “Thankfulness in a Self-Absorbed Culture (Part 2)”

Thankfulness in a self-absorbed culture (Part 1)

By Brad Hicks The word “thank” and all its derivative words — thanks, thanksgiving, thankful, thankfulness, grateful, etc. — as it relates to man’s thankful posture toward God, appears in English translations of the Bible about 150 times. I hope to show today why thankfulness — why having a grateful attitude toward God for allContinue reading “Thankfulness in a self-absorbed culture (Part 1)”

The fearless Freedom Riders of 1961

By Brad Hicks The Freedom Riders were remarkable, fearless Americans. They were extraordinary, ordinary people … young people who took the reins of history and wouldn’t let go. — Mark Samels, American Experience executive producer When I did see the young people, first the sit-ins and the courage that they had to have, and thenContinue reading “The fearless Freedom Riders of 1961”

Two daughters of enslaved persons who truly made America great, and the ironic fate of Confederate President Jefferson Davis

By Brad Hicks In order to see where we are going, we not only must remember where we have been, but we must understand where we have been. Oppressed people, whatever their level of formal education, have the ability to understand and interpret the world around them, to see the world for what it is, and move to transform it. — Ella Baker, “Mother of theContinue reading “Two daughters of enslaved persons who truly made America great, and the ironic fate of Confederate President Jefferson Davis”

March Sadness: Oscar Robertson, Crispus Attucks & Indiana’s segregated past

By Brad Hicks This is one story of a series of stories I’ll be writing over the next month while I’m on my Race School Road Trip around the United States. My goal and mission on this trip is primarily for my own education — to try and understand the history behind the issues andContinue reading “March Sadness: Oscar Robertson, Crispus Attucks & Indiana’s segregated past”

My upcoming trip to America’s historic civil rights sites

By Brad Hicks In March 2020, due to coronavirus restrictions, I had to cease nearly all operations of the publishing company I’ve owned and operated for almost twenty years. Without having to focus on my business as much for the past year, I’ve had more time to learn, study and research, which is something IContinue reading “My upcoming trip to America’s historic civil rights sites”

American Evangelicals, it’s time to tell a better story

By Brad Hicks What once to me was a badge of honor, the name Evangelical has become an embarrassment. I see no need to call myself an Evangelical any longer. The moniker served its purpose in the mid-20th century through the 1970s, but for the last forty years the label has been culturally and, IContinue reading “American Evangelicals, it’s time to tell a better story”

Best of Facebook 6: January 9, 2021

Here are a few of my favorite recent posts from my Facebook newsfeed. The posts are original works by my Facebook Friends, and they’re published with their permission. I look for well-written vignettes and well-crafted art that are positive, meaningful, uplifting, relatable, and sometimes hilarious. To me, these works deserve to be preserved, published, andContinue reading “Best of Facebook 6: January 9, 2021”

An exercise in hearing Jesus’ voice

Replace my name with yours. And believe it. Hi Brad,I want to remind you of a few things. I gave you the Bible so you can hear me, especially because I know that so much of the time you don’t feel like you hear from me. Just be okay with what you’ve read in theContinue reading “An exercise in hearing Jesus’ voice”

Best of Facebook 5: January 4, 2021

Here are a few of my favorite recent posts from my Facebook newsfeed. The posts are original works by my Facebook Friends, and they’re published with their permission. I look for well-written vignettes and well-crafted art that are positive, meaningful, uplifting, relatable, and sometimes hilarious. To me, these works deserve to be preserved, published, andContinue reading “Best of Facebook 5: January 4, 2021”

Out of the shadowlands, finally Home: The 5 friends I lost in 5 days last week

By Brad Hicks Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he? — Clarence Odbody, ASC, to George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life I stopped praying for Doug this week. Of the five friends of mine who died last week, IContinue reading “Out of the shadowlands, finally Home: The 5 friends I lost in 5 days last week”

Best of Facebook 4 : December 22, 2020 (Everything Christmas!)

Here are five of my favorite Christmas posts (and a couple of original photos and art to start things off) from my Facebook newsfeed this month. The posts are written by my Facebook Friends, the words are their own not someone else’s, and they’re published with their permission. I look for well-written vignettes that areContinue reading “Best of Facebook 4 : December 22, 2020 (Everything Christmas!)”

Best of Facebook 3: December 14, 2020

Here are some of my favorite posts from my Facebook newsfeed over the last few days. The posts are written by my Facebook Friends, the words are their own not someone else’s, and they’re published with their permission. I look for well-written vignettes that are positive, meaningful, uplifting, relatable, and sometimes hilarious. To me, theseContinue reading “Best of Facebook 3: December 14, 2020”

Best of Facebook 2: December 11, 2020

Here are some of my favorite posts from my Facebook newsfeed over the last few days. The posts are written by my Facebook Friends, the words are their own not someone else’s, and they’re published with their permission. I look for well-written vignettes that are positive, meaningful, uplifting, relatable, and sometimes hilarious. To me, theseContinue reading “Best of Facebook 2: December 11, 2020”

Best of Facebook 1: December 9, 2020

Here are three of my favorite posts from my Facebook newsfeed over the last few days. The posts are written by my Facebook Friends, the words are their own not someone else’s, and they’re published with their permission. I appreciate it that these Friends have taken the time and thought to express something in theirContinue reading “Best of Facebook 1: December 9, 2020”

Love & brightness: Grandma Rodgers, family sins and secrets, and Easter 1975

By Brad Hicks I recall the brightness of it and the love. Grandma Rodgers would occasionally take me to church with her on Sunday mornings when I was a young boy. She went to West Richmond Friends Meeting, a Quaker church in Richmond, Indiana, on the corner of 7th and Main. One Sunday (I might’veContinue reading “Love & brightness: Grandma Rodgers, family sins and secrets, and Easter 1975”

The Three Sisters Stew: A Thanksgiving recipe of beans, corn, squash & a story

By Traci Barr Of all the recipes, why does this humble one matter to me so much? First recognized by the inherent wisdom of indigenous North Americans, the Three Sisters is a quintessential example of “companion planting” — a perfect agricultural (and nutritional!) synergy. Considered sacred, this symbiotic technique is represented on the reverse sideContinue reading “The Three Sisters Stew: A Thanksgiving recipe of beans, corn, squash & a story”

Anxiety: An Invitation

Mandy Mullikin, the oldest of my three adult kids, gave the message in church this morning. It’s taken from Philippians 4: 4-7, Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,Continue reading “Anxiety: An Invitation”

Escaping Babylon

By Brad Hicks I was invited by my friend, Edwin Daliya, a native of Mussoorie, India, to speak via Zoom to a group of Christians in India. Edwin heads a missions organization that plants churches throughout northern India. When I asked him who my audience would be and what the circumstances are that they’re currentlyContinue reading “Escaping Babylon”

My judgment of your judgment of God’s judgment on America

By Brad Hicks In an American presidential election year, it’s especially common to hear it bandied about, particularly by those of the religious ilk, that America risks falling under the judgment of God if its leaders, laws, and citizens are not aligned morally with God’s laws as revealed in holy writ. I’d like to talkContinue reading “My judgment of your judgment of God’s judgment on America”

God’s endgame for wicked leaders

By Brad Hicks Just before the 2020 American presidential election, I posted this short message on my Facebook newsfeed. The content started a good discussion. I’d like to discuss it in more detail in this blog. I wrote: Something to think about … If we believe that God raises up and deposes presidents, kings, andContinue reading “God’s endgame for wicked leaders”

Malchus and me

By Brad Hicks Malchus is a fellow in a Bible story who gets his ear cut off, then Jesus miraculously restores his ear. Here’s how the story went down and a few thoughts about why I’ve named this blogsite Louder For Malchus. All four gospels in the New Testament record a very brief story ofContinue reading “Malchus and me”