Pastor Oesterwind

Pastor James OesterwindPastor James Oesterwind taught for five years at Heritage Baptist Academy (1991 – 1996) and has been its Principal since 1999. He has a B.A. degree in Bible with an ancient language minor from Bob Jones University (1996-1999). He has also earned an M.A. degree in Christian studies from Luther Rice Seminary (2008). He is currently seeking a D.P.T degree from Bob Jones University. He is involved in all areas of the church ministry along with his wife, Sue. Pastor Oesterwind and Sue have five sons: John, Henry, Walter, William, and Jedediah.

Pastor Oesterwind contributes to the Proclaim and Defend blog, a ministry of the FBFI and has his own blog at

Gender Neutrality, Inclusivity and the 2011 TNIV

MAY 2, 2012

by Jim Oesterwind

Inclusive language is all the rage, these days. In everything from your local newspaper to your grammar checker in your word processor, you are encouraged to use inclusive language, appeasing the sensibilities of the modern mind. Inclusive language is an issue for Christians as even Bible translations are affected by this new way of communicating. Click here to read more…

The Subjective Ministry of the Holy Spirit

APRIL 26, 2012

by Jim Oesterwind

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. (Romans 8:15–16)

And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. (Galatians 4:6)

The pastor moves toward the pulpit on a Sunday morning with a quiet determination. People look to him expectantly. Those gathered expect, “Please open your Bibles to the next section in our study in the Book of…” but instead hears, “The Lord laid a text on my heart this week that I cannot stop thinking about. I’d like you to open your Bibles to…” A separate instance involves a man who believes that the Lord has led him to ministry in a certain place, but he feels a need to seek confirmation from the Lord. So, he asks that God might give him peace about his decision. Did the change of direction for the pastor in the former scenario come from the Holy Spirit? Will the Lord provide peace for the man in the latter? Click here to read more…