I am Eric Glover, the creator of this site and the leader of the Doubtless Living Bible study group at ClearView Baptist Church in Franklin, Tennessee. I am married to Tina Glover and we have two grown children and one wonderful grandson. I have taught Bible study classes to adults of all ages for more than 25 years and teaching God’s Word is one of my greatest passions in life. I am an ordained Southern Baptist minister and I attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. I have served churches in many capacities over the years, but I am called by God to teach His Word and that is what I love doing most of all. Professionally, I serve as the Vice President of Retail Operations for LifeWay Christian Stores, one of the largest Christian retailers in the world with 160 stores across America. I have a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Missouri Southern State University. I am also a Certified Public Accountant, although I have not practiced public accounting for many years.

I am Eric Glover, the creator of this site and the leader of the Doubtless Living Bible study group at ClearView Baptist Church in Franklin, Tennessee. I am married to Tina Glover and we have two grown children and one wonderful grandson. I have taught Bible study classes to adults of all ages for more than 25 years and teaching God’s Word is one of my greatest passions in life. I am an ordained Southern Baptist minister and I attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. I have served churches in many capacities over the years, but I am called by God to teach His Word and that is what I love doing most of all. Professionally, I serve as the Vice President of Retail Operations for LifeWay Christian Stores, one of the largest Christian retailers in the world with 160 stores across America. I have a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Missouri Southern State University. I am also a Certified Public Accountant, although I have not practiced public accounting for many years.

Excuses, excuses, excuses

Benjamin Franklin once said; “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else,” and I could not agree more. If you are like me, you despise excuses. Yet, we all make them from time to time, don’t we. But there are none worse than the excuses made for failing to keep a commitment. For welshing on a promise.

It seems that many of my friends have had the great pleasure of hosting wedding receptions of late. Like them, I know how much time and effort goes into planning and coordinating an event for a large group. Invitations are generally mailed early to invited guests, to ensure the hosts are well prepared for the celebration. And those invitations almost always request that guests répondez s’il vous plait (RSVP).

Yes, we all use the acronym but not all understand its true meaning. Borrowed from our French cousins, the term literally means, “respond please.” Why do the hosts want you to respond; because they want to know for certain how many guests are coming so they can plan properly of course.

However, as I suspect nearly every host can tell you, there are always some who RSVP with a “Yes” but then fail to keep that commitment. Not only is that rude, it can be very frustrating for the host who dearly wanted you to attend and made plans for your presence to enjoy the celebration with them. If too many people fail to honor their commitment it can be extremely frustrating and aggravating to the host, even resulting in anger.

Believe it or not, we find that exact situation described in our focal passage this week from Luke 14:15-24. Jesus was sent by God to extend banquet invitations on behalf of the Father. How did the invited guests respond? How did the Hosts react to their response? What was the impact on the banquet? What are the long-term implications of the change in direction caused by the disappointing response of the invited guests? Join us for the study this week and find out. You will never look at another banquet invitation the same way afterward, I promise!

If you are unable to join us in person, please feel free to download the Bible study materials for your personal use by following one of these links: PowerPoint Slides, PDF File.  For more information about our current series, including study materials from previous weeks, please see Doubtless Living: The Gospel of Luke.