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(Serialized, chapter by chapter each month)

Our publishing house is now a few years old, and you can see all our books and DVDs at www.earthenvessel.net. Some of the books that Kent wrote during the 1970s can still be obtained at Amazon.com. Some of our serialized books are published by Evangelical Press in the UK, and a few dozen of Kent's essays have appeared in their newspaper, Evangelical Times.

Here is your opportunity to read one or several books, one chapter at a time, without the expense of purchasing the printed item. Of course, if you like what you are reading and wish to own a copy, click on the link to our publishing site for that book. For those books that are just being penned and available here for the first time on a single-chapter basis, we hope to follow soon with the printed version. Enjoy!

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Book: Are You Really Born Again?
Are You Really Born Again? - Chapter 1: "Christianization or Conversion?" - Kent Philpott

John thought highly of Jesus as a great spiritual teacher, but he was not converted. Jose had been christianized--he had been tricked. Mike had neither expressed a sense of needing to be forgiven nor of needing a Savior. Sherie had simply embraced the lifestyle and philosophy of her rescuers. Bob asked, "Why don’t I enjoy being a Christian?” Gladys decided one day she wasn’t a Christian after all. Why? Because they were never converted...

Book: How Christians Cast Out Demons Today
How Christians Cast Out Demons Today - Chapter 1: "Jesus Cast Out Demons" - Kent Philpott

It is because of his victory over sin and Satan that Jesus extends to His Church authority even to cast out demons from people. The kingdom of God had come in the very person and presence of Jesus. The proof of this was demonstrated in his casting out of demons, by which it is traditionally thought that Jesus caused the demonic kingdom...

Book: Are You Being Duped?
Are You Being Duped? - Chapter 1: "You have been duped if you think you are the 'Master of your fate and the captain of your soul'" - Kent Philpott

Ultimately neither Henley, McVeigh, nor anyone else is in control of anything that has to do with fate and soul. We have plenty of free will, but it is limited, securely bounded on all sides; we have only enough free will to get ourselves into trouble, not enough to save us. And reincarnation is a false hope. You will die and you will not come back. Here’s what will happen after you die...

3rd sex revisited
The Third Sex? and The Gay Theology (Revisited) - Chapter 1: "What followed the publication of
The Third Sex?" - Kent Philpott

That which followed the publication of The Third Sex? in 1975 and its sequel two years later, The Gay Theology, could be described as something analogous to a whirl wind. At times I regretted the publications, due to the grief that descended upon me and my family... Changing a homosexual into a heterosexual--that was a lie then, and it is a lie now. To the complete contrary, we were almost overwhelmed by people who wanted out of the gay life...

Book: How to Care for Your Pastor
How to Care for Your Pastor - Chapter 2: "The Pastor is a Person" - Kent Philpott

Many people in our churches do not understand that the pastor is a person, someone not unlike everyone else. Yes, there is a higher standard that a leader in the church is called to, a trust that is to be honoured, but the pastor is still a person who is growing up into the stature of the fullness of Christ. God does not give up on people, even pastors who know what it is to be human, a saint, and a sinner...

devil with book
If the Devil Wrote a Bible - Chapter 1 Verse 1: "The serpent said to the lady..." - Kent Philpott

"I hate the woman and her man, mostly because youknowwho made them and loves them. Sickening indeed." The devil did, in fact, say, “You will not surely die” to the lady known as Eve. It actually is in a bible, and not the devil’s, but in the real Bible...Adam and Eve were overwhelmed and ruined as a result...

Book: For Pastors of Small Churches
For Pastors of Small Churches - Chapter 2: "The Call to Pastoral Ministry" - Kent Philpott

Before entering the pastoral ministry it is necessary to be as clear as possible that it is the will of God. And this is not easily known. From Scripture we know that Jesus called the Twelve to Himself. They did not choose Him; He chose them. Lloyd-Jones quotes Spurgeon who said to his students that if you can do anything else, stay out of the ministry...

Olivier as Hamlet
Why I Decided Not to Kill Myself - Chapter 1: “Kent will go insane or commit suicide before one year is up.” - Kent Philpott

I would never give that false prophet or her eager hearers the satisfaction of seeing her predictions come true. Is this a bad motivation? Whether these people learn grace and forgiveness is not my problem; I have forgiven myself as best I can, despite the fact I cannot forget; I have been forgiven by God, so I refuse to live a life of guilt and shame...

Out of Bounds
Me 'n' Bobo: And Other Tales from San Quentin - "#1 The 2010 baseball season: Before the Tryouts" - Kent Philpott

As far as we know, there is nothing like our baseball program anywhere in the country, maybe the world: at San Quentin outside teams come in to play convicts—that is the uniqueness. Fifteen years ago I began managing baseball teams at San Quentin after fourteen years doing ministry out of the Garden Chapel at the prison. One thing we coaches were all sure of—certain “poison”players who plagued us from prior years would not be on the team. Deselection would have to be done for the sake of the team as well as for the peace of mind of the coaches...

John Calvin
Reforming - Chapter 1: "The Journey" - Kent Philpott

I will not suggest here that an acceptance of Reformed theology is an indication of spiritual growth and maturity. No, I am simply going to make an effort to recount the chronology and map of my own spiritual journey. Throughout my whole Christian life I had been told that we cooperate with God. The fairness concept played heavily upon me as well. It simply would not work that God should save some and condemn others...In a kind of miraculous way I stumbled across something that brought me to a place of peace...


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