Paul Bawden

Paul Bawden

Paul Bawden is married and served in the pastoral ministry for 45 years, retiring in 2011. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in Speech and attended Dallas Theological Seminary, receiving a Master of Theology. He has taken counseling courses at Trinity Evangelical Seminary in Deerfield, Illinois. Paul is a lifetime member of the Evangelical Free Church of America, as well as being a member of Interim Pastor Ministries (IPM), which serves churches during their time of transition in searching for a new pastor. He writes for Union Gospel Press, as well as being a volunteer writer for GotQuestions.org. Paul likes to write, read, bike, and work in the yard. The Bawdens have had the privilege to travel to Mexico and Romania on mission trips and visited various countries in Europe.

Foolish?

January 3, 2018

By Paul Bawden On January 8, 2018, is the 62th anniversary of the five missionaries who were martyred in Ecuador on January 8, 1956. Jim Elliot along with Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian had committed their lives to the Lord Jesus Christ to take His gospel to the unreached Auca Indians,…

When Was Jesus Born?

December 19, 2017

By Paul Bawden A man by the name of Hyppolytus (A.D 170-236) thought that Jesus was born on December 25. In the year A.D. 336 there was mention on the Philoclian calendar, of Roman practice, of some sort of observance on December 25. Later, John Chrysostom thought the date was December 25, and Cyril of…

Tis The Season To Be Jolly, Really??

November 30, 2017

By Paul Bawden These words from the song, “Deck The Halls,” remind us that the Christmas season is upon us. Already shoppers have taken advantage of Black Friday, the Christmas lights are being put up on the outside of houses in our neighborhood, and the Salvation Army Bell Ringers are reminding us that the less…

Why Give Thanks?

November 16, 2017

By Paul Bawden Ray Stedman tells the following incident about H.A. Ironside who was having a meal in a crowded restaurant. Just as Ironside was about ready to eat, a man approached and asked if he could join him. Ironside invited him to have a seat. Then, as was his custom, Ironside bowed his head…

Back to 1517

October 15, 2017

By Paul Bawden What is the significance of 1517? October 31, 2017, is the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. On that day, October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Why did Martin Luther do that? He became concerned about the practices…

What’s God Up To?

September 14, 2017

By Paul Bawden Our prayers are certainly for those who have experienced the devastating hurricanes in Texas and Florida. It’s hard for us, who have not been touched by such violent storms, to even imagine what it’s like to experience such catastrophes, with some having lost their lives and others having lost all they have.…

Charlottesville/Barcelona – The Heart Of The Matter

August 19, 2017

By Paul Bawden The evil happenings in Charlottesville and the terrorist attack in Barcelona remind us sadly of the hatred in men’s hearts. Our society and world cannot accept racism and the killing of human life created by the biblical God in His image. But why this flagrant display of evil in these settings? And…

Am I Caught In The Performance Trap?

July 13, 2017
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By Paul Bawden During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world debated what, if any, belief was unique to biblical Christianity. The debate went on for some time until C.S. Lewis wandered into the room. “What’s the rumpus about?” he asked, and heard the reply that his colleagues were discussing biblical…

Is Freedom Free?

June 26, 2017
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By Paul Bawden The recent Congressional baseball shooting, and the terrorist attacks in England, remind us that our freedoms are very fragile. These violent and evil assaults, along with others, are a wake-up call that we must not take our freedoms for granted, and we must never forget the source of the freedoms we experience…

Dads, We Are Needed!!

June 3, 2017
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By Paul Bawden A son at college wrote his dad, “No mon, no fun, your son.” The dad wrote back, “Too bad, so sad, your dad.” Being a dad is not always easy, but it is one of the highest privileges that a man can have. In fact, the title that dad has, father, means…

The Ongoing Battle

May 16, 2017
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By Paul Bawden As we watch the happenings in our world, we can only ask, “Will evil ever end?” Even for ourselves, we can ask, “Will we ever be able to stop making choices between good and evil?” To make those statements for some means that one is out of touch with reality. What do…

The Power of Words

April 21, 2017
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By Paul Bawden Trent and Smalley in their book, “The Blessing,” tell of Mean Mike. His name was really Mike, but his parents started calling him mean Mike as a toddler because he had a terrific grip. If anyone would try to take something away from him, he would snarl and hold on for dear…

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