Rev. Mark H. Creech column
Rev. Mark H. Creech is Executive Director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina, Inc. He was a pastor for twenty years before taking this position, having served five different Southern Baptist churches in North Carolina and one Independent Baptist in upstate New York.

Rev. Creech is a prolific speaker and writer, and has served as a radio commentator for Christians In Action, a daily program featuring Rev. Creech's commentary on social issues from a Christian worldview.

In addition to RenewAmerica.com, his weekly editorials are featured on the Christian Action League website and Agape Press, a national Christian newswire.


This is the plan of history
Rev. Mark H. Creech
December 3, 2016

Although I cannot remember where I first read the story, several years ago when the Soviet Union was still alive, a group of Seminary students took a tour of . . .


Thanksgiving: dirty dishes, unfilled glasses, and Old Faithful
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 24, 2016

In the mid-1990s, Christian writer Philip Yancey wrote in Christianity Today: "I remember my first visit to Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. Rings . . .


Nonresistance to alcohol compromises marijuana resistance
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 21, 2016

The votes for advancing alcohol sales across the Tar Heel state were alarming this year. A total of 27 alcohol referendums were held in Alexander, Bertie, Burke . . .


For freedom's sake, bring back civility
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 12, 2016

"Thousands across the USA Protest Trump Victory," said the headline of USA Today on Thursday. The news source said the protestors had taken to the streets in at . . .


Invocation offered at the Trump rally
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 6, 2016

This week, the Trump Campaign invited me to give the Invocation at the Trump Rally in Selma, North Carolina. The Johnston County Sheriff's Department estimated . . .


Our national idolatry: a contest of competing faiths
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 30, 2016

Tim Walter, in a sermon titled, Filled with God's Grace and Power, said, "Golden calves are built in every generation..." We don't seem to see it that way. . . .


Rev. Creech's Evangelical voter appeal
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 24, 2016

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE The following is the manuscript from Rev. Creech's video shoot about this year's Presidential . . .


Will social conservatives betray McCrory and state lawmakers during their time of testing?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 9, 2016

Barbara Bartocci, a Kansas City inspirational and motivational speaker, once wrote that betrayal can be like an earthquake. "The very ground beneath you is . . .


Honesty and a politician's choice
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 25, 2016

There has always been a deficit in the trust factor between the American people and politicians. According to recent Gallup polling, however, trust in political . . .


Probing questions on preaching and politics
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 10, 2016

We had been to see the new Dinesh Desouza documentary, Hillary's America, when afterward a woman and her husband recognized me with my wife, Kim, on the . . .


Labor Day: Work as God ordained it
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 5, 2016

It rolls around every first Monday in September. It's that day in the year when we pay homage to the dignity and necessity of work. It's that day on the . . .


The lioness of persecution
Rev. Mark H. Creech
August 29, 2016

A few weeks ago, my wife, Kim, and I visited a nonprofit conservancy in our state that houses approximately 20 species of exotic animals. The Conservators . . .


Two trees, two persons, two national destinies
Rev. Mark H. Creech
August 22, 2016

In Psalm 1, the Psalmist provides a beautiful picture of a tree bearing abundant fruit because its roots continually draw nourishment from the river next to . . .


Declarations from the past provide wisest counsel for the present
Rev. Mark H. Creech
August 16, 2016

There is a quote from England's Prince of Preachers, Charles Spurgeon, of the late 19th century that has been a guiding light for my work. Spurgeon wrote, "The . . .


Why it matters Hillary Clinton erred in stating our national motto
Rev. Mark H. Creech
August 6, 2016

Was it simply a faux pas? Was it ignorance? Or was it intentional? These were the questions running through my mind as I listened to Hillary Clinton's . . .


Pastor Perry Noble checks into alcohol rehab, while Pastor Mark Driscoll advocates for social drinking
Rev. Mark H. Creech
July 31, 2016

Last week, the well-known former pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina announced via a Facebook video that he was checking into a treatment center. Perry . . .


NBA's malicious scheme to score a wicked goal
Rev. Mark H. Creech
July 24, 2016

Under the direction of Adam Silver, a man who has advocated for the legalization of the evil and immoral practice of sports betting, it comes as no surprise . . .


It ain't no game
Rev. Mark H. Creech
July 17, 2016

The NBA's Commissioner, Adam Silver, said at a recent press conference that the league hasn't made up its mind whether the 2017 All-Star Game will be held in . . .


The Bible: God's gyro-horizon for America
Rev. Mark H. Creech
July 11, 2016

I never really noticed it before. You know, when you're on a flight and the airplane you're on takes a steep bank turn – even if the wings are . . .


Alcohol worse than guns?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
June 25, 2016

Instruction, advice, given seasonably, is a beautiful thing. That's what the writer of Proverbs was saying when he wrote, "A word fitly spoken is like apples of . . .


Going home: Love, grace and mercy conquer all
Rev. Mark H. Creech
June 19, 2016

I adored my father. Everything I have ever written about my relationship with him has been positive. Still, our bond was not always so tight. In fact, it was so . . .


Culture and church membership losses
Rev. Mark H. Creech
June 11, 2016

According to recent media reports, the Southern Baptist Convention experienced its ninth straight year of decline. Denominational statistics reveal that . . .


HB 2, compromise -- all give and no take
Rev. Mark H. Creech
June 5, 2016

Compromise, compromise, compromise. Over the years, we've seen so much of it and heard so many calls for it by some on the "Right"; it's nauseating.  . . .


The choice is clear
Rev. Mark H. Creech
May 28, 2016

In 1993, Don Wyman, a mustached, burly mining company employee, was using his chain saw to cut up a fallen tree. It was late in the afternoon, and he was alone . . .


HB 2: props, bluffs, and wrongful comparisons
Rev. Mark H. Creech
May 14, 2016

There's an interesting story from the New York Times dating back to the summer of 1994. A Virginia state trooper, who was a member of the bomb squad, and his . . .


Enough of politicians
Rev. Mark H. Creech
May 8, 2016

President Theodore Roosevelt once said, "There are always politicians willing, on the one hand, to promise everything to the people, and, on the other, to . . .


When surrounded by evil on every side
Rev. Mark H. Creech
May 3, 2016

There's a great story about Tonto and the Lone Ranger riding across the plains together. Suddenly they see a dust cloud rising up before them. Thousands of . . .


The smearing of a state
Rev. Mark H. Creech
April 18, 2016

To smear someone means to sully, vilify, or soil a good reputation. It carries with it the idea of smudging or blurring the truth. Since the North Carolina . . .


A talebearing press
Rev. Mark H. Creech
April 4, 2016

The very concept of a free press was first introduced to the world in the Scriptures. J. Lee Grady in Journalism and the Gospel contends that when Nathan, . . .


Leadership with the heart of a mouse
Rev. Mark H. Creech
March 19, 2016

The true strength of men is not determined by muscle, militarily, or political might, but by the kind of heart carried inside of them. Nothing can ever . . .


So pray more
Rev. Mark H. Creech
March 12, 2016

Abraham Lincoln once said, "I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My wisdom, and that of all . . .


Christian Action League of North Carolina endorses Ted Cruz for President of the United States
Rev. Mark H. Creech
March 10, 2016

RALEIGH – The Christian Action League of North Carolina, Inc., the oldest state-wide Christian public-policy organization in the Tar Heel state, is . . .


Our national tangled web of deceit
Rev. Mark H. Creech
March 5, 2016

Since the serpent, Satan, lied to Eve about the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:4-5), mankind has played fast and loose with the truth. But as Sir Walter Scott once so . . .


Charlotte: the difference between stubbornness and firmness
Rev. Mark H. Creech
February 29, 2016

Back in 1994, Reuters reported on an incredible story about a man that lived in the northern province of Chaco in Argentina. Alberto Gauna had become so . . .


Trump: that's no choice at all
Rev. Mark H. Creech
February 20, 2016

James Lowell wrote in a poem, "Once to every man and nation, comes the moment to decide, in the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side."  . . .


Cam Newton: Winning isn't everything
Rev. Mark H. Creech
February 14, 2016

The words of the late Vince Lombardi, former coach of the Green Bay Packers, seem immortal. "Winning isn't everything; he once said, "it's the only thing." But . . .


The president urges no fear, don't believe him
Rev. Mark H. Creech
February 6, 2016

At the recent National Prayer Breakfast held in the nation's capital, President Obama gave a speech using the text, 2 Timothy 1:7, which reads "For God has not . . .


Is a vote for Donald Trump worldliness?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
January 31, 2016

Dr. George Sweeting, Chancellor of Moody Bible Institute, once said, "The Christian life is not a matter of following a list of 'dos' or observing a longer . . .


Where are the prophets?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
January 26, 2016

Innumerable it seems are the issues facing the nation. Abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, self defense and ownership of guns, marriage, parental rights, . . .


Where are the prophets?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
January 24, 2016

Innumerable it seems are the issues facing the nation. Abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, self defense and ownership of guns, marriage, parental rights, . . .


A Christian in spite of everything
Rev. Mark H. Creech
January 16, 2016

Maxine Marsolini says in Blended Families, "Revisiting the past...is a privilege. When we look at it as a healthy thing, we are able to appreciate what it has . . .


Dry January: Leaving the Hootch
Rev. Mark H. Creech
January 10, 2016

It's called "Dry January." It only got started in recent years and is practiced largely in the United Kingdom. To be more exact, in 2014, the charity, Alcohol . . .


God is shaking earth and heaven
Rev. Mark H. Creech
January 1, 2016

Several years ago I had a vivid dream that made an impression on me. I saw a vision of a man in a white robe, whose face I could never see. He stood before four . . .


Christmas: free hearts and a free nation
Rev. Mark H. Creech
December 23, 2015

Why would God wrap himself in human flesh to dwell among men? Some would argue that he did it to save those who are lost in sin. Some would contend to destroy . . .


Mayor's oath of office troubling
Rev. Mark H. Creech
December 19, 2015

Recently, WTVD News ABC 11 for Raleigh-Durham reported that the mayor of Franklin, North Carolina, Bob Scott has a long tenure of public service. He was in the . . .


Mourning deeply enough for change
Rev. Mark H. Creech
December 12, 2015

The late Dr. James Montgomery Boice in his commentary on Christ's Sermon on the Mount tells the story of a young boy from England walking along the streets of . . .


Obergefell v. Hodges: fighting from a position of retreat
Rev. Mark H. Creech
December 6, 2015

Back in October, sixty-five legal experts of high repute issued "A Statement Calling for Constitutional Resistance to Obergefell v. Hodges" – the Supreme . . .


Practical atheism at the heart of the nation's ingratitude
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 27, 2015

On my ride to work, the church sign jumped out at me. It read: "We pray for the atheist, who has no one to thank on Thanksgiving Day." Not more than five . . .


There, I said it. 'Islam is the enemy.'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 22, 2015

Recent weeks have clearly shown that Islamic terrorists are successfully recruiting, growing their networks, and executing their carnage around the globe. Can . . .


Youth suicide rate up by one-third in North Carolina
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 15, 2015

Last month, the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force released a report that said youth suicides increased more than one-third between 2013 and 2014. It said . . .


Barber and Tyson excoriate rally participants
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 1, 2015

Two weeks ago on a Saturday afternoon, approximately 10,000 people attended the "We Stand With God" rally on the Halifax Mall behind North Carolina's . . .


Marijuana legalization: throwing gas on a fire
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 24, 2015

Proponents for the legalization of recreational marijuana have said over and again that marijuana is less harmful to society than alcohol and tobacco. Thus, it . . .


'A world that is not yet, but ought to be'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 17, 2015

In the great model prayer that our Lord gave to his disciples, we are provided with perhaps the most perfect desire in a prayer that one could ever entertain . . .


Marriage, a wolf, and Little Red Riding Hood
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 10, 2015

Since I was a boy, I have always loved the literary genre of fables – fictional stories featuring animals with human qualities meant to illustrate some . . .


Pope and Netanyahu point America to her religious moorings
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 26, 2015

Pope Francis' historic visit to America has the entire nation a-buzz with energy. The news media has covered his every move. Social media is on fire with . . .


Jonah: an angry prophet without compassion
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 21, 2015

The story of Jonah is one of the most meaningful texts in the Bible for me. It tells not only of the great miracle of a man being swallowed by a great fish and . . .


Stop just looking on and do something
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 12, 2015

In 1993, freelance photojournalist Kevin Carter from South Africa went to cover the civil strife in famine stricken Sudan. After his flight touched down in the . . .


N.C. governor distances himself from language in newspaper ad for Christian event
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 8, 2015

The Charlotte Observer reported on Monday that Governor Pat McCrory was distancing himself from language in a full page ad in the Charlotte Observer. The ad . . .


Christian work ethic provides incentive for happy labor
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 6, 2015

Since the dawn of time, labor has been a part of God's economy. Work is inherent to our purpose, meaning and dignity. In 1999, the New York Times reported an . . .


Vester Lee Flanagan: a hate crimes anomaly?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
August 30, 2015

Edwin Hubbel Chapin once said, "Through every rift of discovery some seeming anomaly drops out of the darkness, and falls, as a golden link into the chain of . . .


The Pope and air conditioning?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
August 24, 2015

During a visit to the Holy Land, Mark Twain and his wife stayed in Capernaum near the Sea of Galilee. One beautiful night, he decided to take his wife on a . . .


Accumulating peril
Rev. Mark H. Creech
August 8, 2015

This week Japan marked its 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing. Thousands of people stood silently at 8:15 a.m. marking the time of the blast at . . .


Is N.C. morally right to resume executions?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
August 1, 2015

Certainly one of the most bitterly fought laws was a New York statute that passed June 4, 1888. It substituted the electric chair for the gallows as a means of . . .


Donald Trump, gambling and character
Rev. Mark H. Creech
July 25, 2015

Donald Trump is certainly commanding a lot of attention in his run for the Presidency. Trump is a real mover and a shaker. A man like him with his business . . .


Churches call for end to 'War on Drugs'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
July 18, 2015

Earlier this month, the New England Conference of United Methodist, a group of 600 churches spanning six states, approved a resolution calling for an end to the . . .


Obligated to resist
Rev. Mark H. Creech
July 11, 2015

Thomas Jefferson once wrote, "If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it; he is obligated to do so." Without question, it was this principle . . .


July 4th, mourning, not celebration
Rev. Mark H. Creech
July 3, 2015

The lady at the Cleaners where I take my shirts said to me as I was leaving, "Thank you, Rev. Creech, have a great Fourth of July." Her intentions were good, . . .


Statement regarding SCOTUS decision for same-sex marriage
Rev. Mark H. Creech
June 29, 2015

For many who still believe that marriage is defined by God as one man and one woman, today's decision by the Supreme Court to arrogantly redefine the . . .


Dad, don't underestimate your importance
Rev. Mark H. Creech
June 21, 2015

There's a story about a family that talked the Mother into getting a pet hamster. They promised that they would take good care of the little creature. Two . . .


The sad consequences of biblical authority surrendered
Rev. Mark H. Creech
June 13, 2015

"Fundamentalists and evangelicals (both of whom have been traditionally committed to an infallible or inerrant Scripture) have long been noted for their . . .


Wanted: true friends of religious liberty
Rev. Mark H. Creech
June 6, 2015

William Penn once said, "A true friend freely, advises justly, assists readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a . . .


The stone in the road
Rev. Mark H. Creech
June 1, 2015

There is a story of yesteryear about a great and wise king who was always looking for effective ways to teach his people about good citizenship. He once said . . .


An open letter to the National Rifle Association (NRA)
Rev. Mark H. Creech
May 25, 2015

Dear National Rifle Association, I want to begin this correspondence by saying that I believe very much in what you've stood for over the years. Your . . .


The blessings of religious liberty and the positives of persecution
Rev. Mark H. Creech
May 17, 2015

I once knew a pastor who has since passed away, who was always concerned his parishioners understood and appreciated the privileges of religious liberty. One . . .


Mother: bearer and giver of light
Rev. Mark H. Creech
May 10, 2015

Someone once said of Jesus, "When he came – there was no light; when he left – there was no darkness." Good mothers are a lot like the Lord who . . .


Sunday hunting: weakening the value of the 'Lord's Day'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
May 2, 2015

The origin of the statement is unknown; nevertheless, someone once said that our great grandfathers called it the holy Sabbath. Our grandfathers called it the . . .


Newborn infants are 'morally irrelevant'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
April 26, 2015

This week in North Carolina, legislation passed in the state House that extends the waiting period for a woman to have an abortion from 24–72 hours, . . .


It's dreaded tax time
Rev. Mark H. Creech
April 11, 2015

It's tax time again and most people are dreading it. Back in the 1980s, I was an associate minister in charge of the children's ministry at a church in . . .


The passion of religious liberty
Rev. Mark H. Creech
April 4, 2015

I'm always amazed at God's timing, his providential allowance of events at certain times and the way they can speak to us. As we approached the Easter . . .


A rough day at the legislature
Rev. Mark H. Creech
March 29, 2015

Wednesday, March 25th, was a rough day for me at the North Carolina Legislative Building. A bill for the legalization of medical marijuana was up for . . .


'Not afraid of burning in hell' really?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
March 21, 2015

Ron Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, has proudly stated in an ad that he's "not afraid of burning in hell." Reagan did the 30 second ad for the . . .


Medical marijuana consideration should go beyond compassion
Rev. Mark H. Creech
March 14, 2015

Four Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation to make medicinal marijuana legal in North Carolina. Eleven other democrats have signed onto the bill. No . . .


Guncle Joe Biden, civil rights, and 'The Jerk'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
March 9, 2015

Friday, March 6, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the historic march on Selma, Vice President Joe Biden, addressed the Human Rights Campaign Spring Equity . . .


Lines of nominal Christian and genuine Christian less blurred
Rev. Mark H. Creech
February 28, 2015

Matthew 16:25 reads, "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." These words by Jesus are . . .


Living by the myths
Rev. Mark H. Creech
February 22, 2015

When one thinks of myths, the mind typically races to those classical tales of the ancient Greek and Roman gods. In the Roman Pantheon were stories of the way . . .


'Juiced-up' justice is no funny matter
Rev. Mark H. Creech
February 14, 2015

When President Obama gave his State of the Union Speech this year, sitting on the front row were the U.S. Supreme Court Justices, as usual, but Justice Ruth . . .


'Dance with the ones that brung ya'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
February 7, 2015

It's a given that most conservative evangelical Christians are supporters of the Republican Party. In his book, Politics: According to the Bible, Wayne Grudem . . .


The prevalence of 'trashy' talk
Rev. Mark H. Creech
February 1, 2015

During a recent radio interview on an Iowa-based program, former Arkansas Governor, and Fox Television host, Mike Huckabee, expressed his shock at the way some . . .


The many lies of abortion
Rev. Mark H. Creech
January 25, 2015

Every year during the month of January, churches along with many other pro-lifers across America reaffirm their commitment to the sanctity of human life. As . . .


Boehner's revenge
Rev. Mark H. Creech
January 17, 2015

Several years ago, there was a laundry in a small American town that had a monopoly on its type of trade. However, two very enterprising Chinese men opened . . .


The shepherds made haste: so should we
Rev. Mark H. Creech
December 22, 2014

St. Luke's account says that on that first Christmas shepherds were on a hillside watching their flocks by night, when suddenly, the glory of God shone round . . .


Racism bad, but lawlessness worse
Rev. Mark H. Creech
December 13, 2014

"Prejudice, said Mark Twain, "is the ink with which all history is written." [1] We're certainly feeling the import of these words with the Michael Brown case . . .


An unthankful nation is an unthinking nation
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 27, 2014

In the mid-1970s, Dr. George Sweeting, now former president and chancellor of Moody Bible Institute, said in a sermon something that has stuck with me through . . .


No room for divided loyalties
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 23, 2014

For a little more than two weeks there's been a war of words between North Carolina Senate Republicans lead by State Senate President Pro-Tempore, Phil Berger, . . .


'For goodness sake, America, sing, sing, sing!'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 16, 2014

Chuck Swindoll tells that great story about the fellow who fell in love with an opera singer. He didn't know her, nor had he ever seen her any closer than the . . .


Desperation, alcohol and gambling
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 9, 2014

People that feel desperate, for whatever reason, can do the most dangerous things. Back in the fall of 1993 the country of Armenia was desperate for sources . . .


The parable of the senator's choice
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 1, 2014

A senator's soul arrived in heaven and was met by St. Peter at the entrance. "Welcome to heaven," said St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a . . .


Voting: how hungry and thirsty are you for righteousness?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 26, 2014

In his great Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled" (Matt.5:6). Bible commentator . . .


A lunar eclipse and same-sex marriage
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 21, 2014

When the US Supreme Court on Monday October 6th said it wouldn't take up any of the marriage cases on appeal. I expected that the legalization of same-sex . . .


Marriage, judicial tyranny, liberty and the church
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 11, 2014

The US Supreme Court's decision to deny review of all marriage cases striking down state constitutional marriage amendments has produced considerable sadness . . .


Gambling's 'pernicious effect' on government
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 5, 2014

It may come as a surprise for many, but just within the lifetime of most Americans, legal casino gambling existed in only two places in our nation: Nevada and . . .


GOP candidates should 'Kiss the Son'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 28, 2014

The Psalmist wrote, "Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the . . .


The phone that rang with no connection
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 21, 2014

While visiting Oklahoma City recently for a convention, I had an unusual experience. I'm typically a slow riser in the morning. So the night before I had set . . .


No keener revelation of a society's soul
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 15, 2014

Shopping along one of the isles of a local grocery store, I noticed a mother harshly handling a child. She had raised her hand to strike the youngster across . . .


What we wear to church: does it matter?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 6, 2014

During a recent Sunday morning worship service, I noticed something a little unsettling. Although the church I was attending was a more traditional congregation . . .


Labor Day: 'the plowing of the wicked'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
August 31, 2014

On the first Monday in September (September 1), Labor Day, our nation will once again celebrate the dignity of labor. There will be parades, picnics, and . . .


'Black Jesus' and the measure of one's insanity
Rev. Mark H. Creech
August 23, 2014

Christian philosopher Peter Kreeft once said, "A measure of your insanity is the size of the gap between what you think you are and what you really are." [1] . . .


Islam and democracy
Rev. Mark H. Creech
August 9, 2014

Recently, President Obama marked the celebration of Eid-al-Fitr – an Islamic holiday that is also called Feast of Breaking the Fast. It's celebrated by . . .


N.C. Atty. Gen. Cooper's actions nothing to applaud
Rev. Mark H. Creech
August 2, 2014

In a recent editorial, the Raleigh News and Observer said that state attorney general, Roy Cooper, "made a sensible decision" to stop fighting several federal . . .


Minimum legal drinking age makes Johnny a little safer
Rev. Mark H. Creech
July 19, 2014

There is a great restaurant near my office that I visit for dinner at least five days a week. The staff has become like family to me. When they're not so busy, . . .


America: striking a positive note
Rev. Mark H. Creech
July 4, 2014

About a year ago, I stood on the deck of one of America's great naval vessels. When I looked up, I noticed the flag was not flying proudly, but twisted in the . . .


Same sex marriage: big government power grab
Rev. Mark H. Creech
June 28, 2014

The 2-1 ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, on Wednesday, June 25th, knocked down the state constitutional amendments to protect marriage in Utah, . . .


Does your love just look good on paper?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
June 21, 2014

Several years ago, the famous PEANUTS cartoon depicted Schroeder, the piano playing intellectual, being interrupted by his infatuated admirer, Lucy. Lucy said . . .


The pangs of a 'wicked wedge'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
June 13, 2014

During the second century, the Greek poet Babrius penned an Aesop-like fable that seeks to show that no pain inflicted by an outsider is ever so terrible as the . . .


When anger is right
Rev. Mark H. Creech
June 7, 2014

A week ago, I had the privilege of participating in a whirlwind speaking tour across the Tar Heel state with a new developing organization known as the North . . .


We love our little boxes
Rev. Mark H. Creech
May 31, 2014

I once read where the proprietor of a business shared a hypothetical with his staff. He said, "Suppose a young man was to buy a very costly diamond ring and . . .


'Fifth column' threatens the church
Rev. Mark H. Creech
May 24, 2014

In 1939, near the end of the Spanish Civil War, outside the city of Madrid, the rebel General Mola was about to launch his attack. When asked which of his four . . .


Motherhood, culture and our children
Rev. Mark H. Creech
May 10, 2014

Keke was born during the mid-nineteenth century in a Georgian village. She came from a poor background of serfs. After the abolition of serfdom, her family . . .


Mohler mistaken about N.C. marriage law
Rev. Mark H. Creech
May 4, 2014

There are certain people in the evangelical community for whom I have profound respect. I feel more a student of their knowledge and expertise than a peer. Such . . .


Legality of tobacco and alcohol is no case for legal pot
Rev. Mark H. Creech
April 27, 2014

If I've it heard it once, it seems I've heard a thousand times, "Alcohol and Tobacco are legal in this country. Marijuana isn't as harmful as either one of them . . .


'Heaven is For Real': NDEs cause for much speculation
Rev. Mark H. Creech
April 20, 2014

My wife and I walked into the dark theatre near the small town where we live. As we walked up the elevated floor with the large screen in sight, we rounded the . . .


Same-sex marriage and 'The Tokyo Rose Effect'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
April 12, 2014

Today conservative evangelicals are being told the fight to protect traditional marriage is essentially over. Many are saying we need to get on the right side . . .


Lessons from the 'Tower of Babel'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
March 15, 2014

The story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis chapter 11 is a historical narrative of the first recorded form of government gone awry. The apostle Paul wrote, "Now . . .


A challenge for intelligentsia
Rev. Mark H. Creech
March 8, 2014

Someone once said, "I don't understand Christianity. I don't understand electricity either, but I don't intend to sit in the dark until I do." That's a profound . . .


In defense of NC's voter ID law
Rev. Mark H. Creech
March 2, 2014

North Carolina's new Voter ID law came under assault last week from Van Jones, a Democrat and host of CNN's Crossfire. During the broadcast, which featured . . .


America: struck with judicial blindness
Rev. Mark H. Creech
February 16, 2014

In an irony of ironies, during the week of Valentine's, two federal judges overturned the marriage protection amendments of Kentucky and Virginia, single . . .


Robertson: Ham's contentions no 'joke'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
February 9, 2014

Last week approximately 3 million people tuned into to watch the debate on evolution between Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," and Ken Ham of the Creation Museum. . . .


NC NAACP president attacks religious right as 'just running their mouths'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
February 2, 2014

Two Sundays past (January 19, 2014), in a sermon the media described as "fire and thunder," [1] Rev. William Barber, head of the NC NAACP mounted the pulpit of . . .


Simon says...
Rev. Mark H. Creech
January 11, 2014

You may have heard the story about the two Navajo Indians who were having a conversation across an Arizona valley by smoke signals. While they were speaking, . . .


Robin Roberts 'comes out.' Why now?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
January 4, 2014

Another beloved television celebrity has "come out" and said to the world, "I am gay." This time its ABC's Good Morning America host, Robin Roberts. CNN says . . .


God save America in 2014
Rev. Mark H. Creech
December 29, 2013

The book of 2 Kings, chapters 22 and 23, tell us about a reformation that took place in Judah during the reign of King Josiah. If we consider the general . . .


Pastors: mental illness and suicide
Rev. Mark H. Creech
December 15, 2013

Rev. Teddy Parker Jr., 42, pastor of Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church in Macon, Georgia, discovered by his wife in the driveway of their home, dead from a self . . .


Environmentalists close Bonner Bridge
Rev. Mark H. Creech
December 7, 2013

If one should think that politics is just politics and one's worldview has nothing to do with it, then he or she should consider the circumstances facing the . . .


Gratitude: the spirit that defies defeat
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 28, 2013

Try to imagine this situation. It's been an exceedingly difficult year for you and your family. In fact, half of your relatives recently died. You've been . . .


Fall of leadership symptomatic of moral rot
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 23, 2013

It was heartbreaking to learn that U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, a Tea Party favorite, was in a courtroom Wednesday answering to a misdemeanor charge for cocaine . . .


Free will Baptists' cancellation of 'Duck Dynasty' event commendable
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 17, 2013

Kevin and Jason made their way down the steps after 1 a.m. Kevin led his friend into the corner room that the family called the study and opened his Dad's . . .


'Taps' in glory
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 10, 2013

Last year, my father, who was a veteran, passed away. As mourners stood along with my family at his grave side, a soldier blew the strains of "Taps." That . . .


Reflections on forgiveness
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 3, 2013

I remember once reading about a Sunday School teacher who was trying to teach her children that we all need God's forgiveness. After sharing the Bible story, . . .


A great lesson from two Tar Heel tales
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 27, 2013

There is a place in western Chatham County, North Carolina, approximately 10 miles from Siler City that has baffled folks for many years. In a wooded area there . . .


Cherokees break ground for new casino
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 21, 2013

One of the most trusted men in America once expressed the way he saw the danger of gambling to our nation. In the program, The Dice are Loaded; Walter Cronkite . . .


God's law: absolute and inviolable
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 6, 2013

Two good old boys were driving a semi-truck through the back roads when they came to an overpass with a sign that read, "Clearance 11'3." Both of them got . . .


A calamity that threatens to blight North Carolina's history
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 1, 2013

Note: The following article is North Carolina specific. However, it begs the question of how underage drinking may be affecting one's own state. North . . .


The alcohol is in the mail?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 22, 2013

Last month, US Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the US Postal Service should be allowed to start delivering, beer, wine and spirits. He contended the . . .


God's covenant with America must be renewed
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 15, 2013

Our nation's forefathers strongly believed they were called into a new Promised Land for the purpose of establishing a New Israel, a model of the Kingdom of God . . .


Cecil B. DeMille's campaign for a godly culture
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 8, 2013

You may have heard the story about the drunk who was paid to sit up all night at a funeral home in a viewing room with an open coffin. He was to be there should . . .


Labor Day: there's still good reason to be cheerful
Rev. Mark H. Creech
August 31, 2013

Before he ever became a National Football League broadcast analyst, Glenn Parker, who at the time played for the Buffalo Bills, once speculated as to why NFL . . .


Offer them cookies
Rev. Mark H. Creech
August 3, 2013

This week, North Carolina's Governor Pat McCrory, flanked by four security guards, walked through the gates of the executive mansion and over to a group of . . .


Coat hangers with baby clothes on them
Rev. Mark H. Creech
July 15, 2013

Listening to some of the railing by pro-choice legislators against SB 353 – Health and Safety Law Changes – the abortion bill considered recently in . . .


Without self-government liberty perishes
Rev. Mark H. Creech
June 29, 2013

When most people think of government, they think of civil government with its various laws and controls. But in the most basic of terms, there are essentially . . .


Exodus International flees the Promised Land
Rev. Mark H. Creech
June 22, 2013

It is considered a landmark announcement, proof that the cultural winds are shifting in favor of the acceptance of homosexuality by the evangelical community. . . .


Natural disasters: does God want our attention?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
June 1, 2013

According to Recent Natural Disasters, a web site that reports on ecological cataclysms around the world every day, approximately 75 natural disasters have . . .


Independence predicated upon dependence
Rev. Mark H. Creech
May 29, 2013

"Sloboda!" "Libertad!" "Emanzipation!" "Independenza!" "Freedom!" It doesn't matter whether the language is Croatian, Spanish, German, Italian or just . . .


How to know who is right about the afterlife
Rev. Mark H. Creech
May 21, 2013

Whether there is life after death is a question that humans have pondered for centuries. Today there is a great deal of interest in the subject with people . . .


The night the demon visited
Rev. Mark H. Creech
May 14, 2013

It's been said that Martin Luther while at Wartburg was translating the Bible; the Devil came to visit him. Satan, who was vehemently opposed to the divine . . .


The prospect of persecutions
Rev. Mark H. Creech
May 7, 2013

In January, Christians everywhere were saddened to learn that Pastor Louie Giglio, founder of the Passion conferences and Passion City Church in Roswell, . . .


God isn't going to sit it out
Rev. Mark H. Creech
April 27, 2013

One time baseball great Joe Garagiola stepped up to the plate when his turn to bat came. Before assuming his stance, however, fervent Roman Catholic Joe took . . .


Drinking: continuing the conversation
Rev. Mark H. Creech
April 23, 2013

In 1972 an earthquake destroyed the city of Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. More than a decade after the tragedy, the city remained a sea of rubble. But the . . .


Drinking and Jesus turning water to wine
Rev. Mark H. Creech
April 14, 2013

The late comedian, Milton Berle, once said he had a friend who swore the Bible condoned getting drunk. He argued the Scriptures taught that the one who sins . . .


Wit and wisdom
Rev. Mark H. Creech
April 10, 2013

Last week lawmakers in the North Carolina Senate took steps to restore the death penalty in our state. North Carolina hasn't conducted an execution since 2006 . . .


Seven assurances the resurrection gives
Rev. Mark H. Creech
March 30, 2013

Auguste Comte, a French philosopher and skeptic, was once belittling English writer, Thomas Carlyle, for his faith in Jesus Christ. Comte suggested that he . . .


Seven ways the cross speaks
Rev. Mark H. Creech
March 24, 2013

It is said that when hymn pollsters report which hymn is most frequently requested, "The Old Rugged Cross" is hands-down the most popular. The author of that . . .


Noah: a modern paraphrase about big government
Rev. Mark H. Creech
March 10, 2013

When wickedness abounded in the world, the Lord came to Noah and said, "Noah, in a short time I'm going to make it rain until the entire earth is covered with . . .


Liberty crucified between two thieves
Rev. Mark H. Creech
March 2, 2013

Tertullian once said, "Just as Christ was crucified between two thieves, so this doctrine of justification is ever crucified between two opposite errors."  . . .


Politics and preaching don't mix?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
February 23, 2013

Recently in a blog of comments underneath one of my op-ed pieces a well-meaning person wrote: "Mark, I love you like a brother, but these social issues are just . . .


Freedom from religion leads to no freedom
Rev. Mark H. Creech
February 16, 2013

The First Amendment to the Constitution reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or . . .


The right to bare breasts?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
February 9, 2013

In my home state of North Carolina, legislation has been introduced making it illegal for women to fully bare their breasts in public. The bill was introduced . . .


The so-called equality of women in combat
Rev. Mark H. Creech
February 3, 2013

Comedian Robin Williams once argued, "If women ran the world, we wouldn't have wars...just intense negotiations every 28 days." Apparently that's no longer true . . .


Talking about 'love' and 'equality'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
January 28, 2013

There is a feature of "Peanuts" where Lucy says to Charlie Brown: "You know what I don't understand? I don't understand love?!" Charlie Brown says, "Who does?" . . .


'The Story of America' and the threat of judgment
Rev. Mark H. Creech
January 18, 2013

Most that know me well understand I love looking for rare and old out of print religious books. I've found some real treasures in antique stores over the years. . . .


Patriotic inspiration from 'Come, Thou Almighty King'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
January 17, 2013

There once was a congregation too poor to buy any new hymnals. So they were offered a sufficient quantity by a pharmaceutical firm in exchange for a little . . .


A New Year's resolution that counts for now and eternity
Rev. Mark H. Creech
December 29, 2012

You may have heard that humorous story about Phoebe, a 50-year-old widow from Beverly Hills. Phoebe suffered a heart-attack and was taken to Cedars Sinai . . .


A sword over the manger
Rev. Mark H. Creech
December 22, 2012

Most people know the story of Damocles sword, or at least they've heard the expression. Damocles, a courtier of King Dionysius, was enamored with the great . . .


What if Mary had known about abortion?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
December 15, 2012

Recently I saw a t-shirt that said, "The Virgin Mary was an Unwed Teenage Mother." That's true and it reminded me of an interruption that took place at a Quebec . . .


A nest of them: a soul-winning story
Rev. Mark H. Creech
December 8, 2012

Archie Ratliff, currently the pastor of Bethel Free Will Baptist Church in Kinston, North Carolina has rightly said, "David Paramore is one of the greatest . . .


Two faces of the lottery
Rev. Mark H. Creech
December 1, 2012

It was once an activity that was outlawed for decades. Today, however, it's officially sanctioned, easily accessible, popular, and has gained a strong foothold . . .


National 'Gripe Day'?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 21, 2012

In 1921, Dr. J.C. Fitzpatrick noticed an interesting document being auctioned off at an art gallery in New York. What Fitzpatrick bought for the Library of . . .


Musings on the Patraeus affair
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 17, 2012

You may have heard that story about how the whole world dies and an endless line waits to get into heaven. Suddenly there's a loud roar from the front of the . . .


The Blue Jay and the Hawk
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 10, 2012

Sometimes I sit and work for hours on end at my desk in Raleigh, North Carolina. So a couple of years ago, I placed a number of bird feeders directly in front . . .


When a critic plays 'the Pharisee card'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
November 3, 2012

Most people have heard the expression, "playing the race card." The concept has been bandied about in the media for several years. It typically refers to . . .


Won't vote for the lesser of two evils?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 26, 2012

As we rapidly approach Election Day, I've heard a number of my friends say that they just can't vote for the lesser of two evils. They will neither support . . .


Noble's remarks, not so noble
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 20, 2012

Perry Noble is a choice servant of Christ, passionate for the souls of men. He is the founder and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina — a . . .


Are you afraid of dying?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 18, 2012

Are you afraid of dying? You don't have to be in a life-threating situation to be afraid of death. Most people whenever they contemplate dying are afraid of it. . . .


Public prayer in Jesus' name: yes or no?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 6, 2012

Since the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Joyner v. Forsyth County that prayers offered in Jesus' name are unconstitutional and the U.S. Supreme Court . . .


Dead burro in a bathtub
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 29, 2012

Sometime ago I read about a woman that lived out West, who looked out her window one day and saw a dead burro on the sidewalk in front of her home. So she . . .


Alcohol: juggling with life's many daggers
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 24, 2012

A man was pulled over by a police officer for speeding. As the officer was explaining to the driver that he was breaking the speed limit, the officer noticed . . .


Marching forward with eyes wide-shut
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 16, 2012

There's an old story about a former President who was jogging one morning when he noticed a little boy on the corner with a box. Curious, he ran over to the . . .


Election 2012: Christians will make a choice -- for better or worse
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 11, 2012

An aspiring politician gave his best shot at a campaign speech. He felt that it was a stirring, fact filled speech. Then the candidate looked out on his . . .


God fixation can fix this nation
Rev. Mark H. Creech
September 3, 2012

It's been said that Oliver Wendell Holmes, the eminent Supreme Court Justice, was on a train reading his newspaper when the conductor came by punching tickets. . . .


Restore the real American dream
Rev. Mark H. Creech
August 28, 2012

A small businessman from the old country kept his accounts payable in a cigar box, his accounts receivable on a spindle, and his cash in the cash register. One . . .


What's your city's smut ranking?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
August 21, 2012

Having been assigned in school to write a story with the word "adult" in it, Little Freddie penned: "Adults don't have any fun. Adults just sit around and talk. . . .


The 'God gap'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
August 14, 2012

A hurricane had struck, and people were huddled together listening to an old preacher praying with great oratorical effects in the midst of the violent storm. . . .


Give me chicken and not baloney
Rev. Mark H. Creech
August 7, 2012

It is said that once a young man was walking through town while eating a baloney sandwich. A piece of baloney fell from his sandwich and was immediately pounced . . .


Praying for rattlesnakes?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
April 10, 2012

Once there was a wayward family, who had no interest in God, his church, or the things of God. There was the father and his three sons, Jim, John, and Sam. The . . .


America: Who is the king of the jungle?
Rev. Mark H. Creech
February 25, 2012

Once there was a lion that was proud of his supposed mastery of the animal kingdom. So he decided to make certain all of the other animals knew he was the king . . .


The Nativity: 'where does God fit in?'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
December 23, 2011

A school teacher in England tells the story of the time she supervised the construction of a manger scene in the corner of her classroom. It was all there  . . .


A day to weep for joy
Rev. Mark H. Creech
August 3, 2011

I am still experiencing sporadic moments of jubilation and tears of joy concerning the 'Woman's Right to Know Act' becoming law in North Carolina. Governor . . .


An open letter to Senator Richard Burr
Rev. Mark H. Creech
December 22, 2010

Dear Senator Burr, I want to begin by thanking you for your service to the people of North Carolina. More specifically, thank you for always being a vocal . . .


When the fog is lifted
Rev. Mark H. Creech
April 2, 2010

News of victory is always an exciting experience, but news of a victory after news of what appears to be a loss is even better. For instance, consider the . . .


Christ: the shepherd and bishop of our souls
Rev. Mark H. Creech
January 20, 2010

There are two precious names given for God in I Peter 2:25, where Christ is referred to as the "Shepherd and Bishop of our souls." Most Christians are . . .


A nation with a character deficit
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 14, 2009

In his book, Character and Destiny: A Nation In Search of its Soul, the late Dr. D. James Kennedy tells about a speech given by Gary Bauer at the 1994 . . .


Stand up, stand up for Jesus
Rev. Mark H. Creech
October 6, 2009

In the year 1858, the city of Philadelphia experienced a spiritual awakening that the press called "the work of God in Philadelphia." Churches of every . . .


Miss California: an authentic demonstration of faith
Rev. Mark H. Creech
April 26, 2009

In Becoming a Contagious Christian, Bill Hybels and Mark Mittleberg tell the story of a newly promoted colonel who moved into a makeshift office during the Gulf . . .


Rejecting abortion using Obama's argument
Rev. Mark H. Creech
January 26, 2009

It's unfortunate, but America now has the most pro-abortion president in the nation's history. He has pledged to protect abortion rights and has wasted no time . . .


Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit testifies the Bible is true
Rev. Mark H. Creech
January 19, 2009

For the last six months, North Carolina's Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh has been host to an exhibition of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Dead Sea Scrolls are . . .


America and 'The Door of Humility'
Rev. Mark H. Creech
December 21, 2008

"It is supremely fitting that every man should approach the infant Jesus upon his knees." In Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity originally built by the . . .


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