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Hank Hanegraaff and the “Christian Research Institute”

Over the years the folks at C.R.I. (Martin, Hanegraaff, et al.) have lustily pursued debate encounters with a host of cultists. They have engaged the heretical movements in verbal and written battles time and again, and begged for additional conflicts.

Psalm 22: A Brief Analysis

There is no better way to start your day than to meditate upon the thrilling grace of God as manifested at Calvary twenty centuries ago. It invigorates the soul and instills a level of gratitude to the Creator that is unrivaled by anything else.

What Does “Amen” Mean?

Occasionally, while the preacher is presenting a lesson, someone in the audience will say, “Amen.” Is this practice in keeping with the Bible? If so, what does “Amen” mean?

The Baptist Church: An Historical Perspective

I grew up among kindly people of the Baptist affiliation. My father’s family was of this persuasion. A more gracious, benevolent group of folks could scarcely have been found. It was heartbreaking, therefore, to eventually discover that the church of my ancestry was unknown to the New Testament.

Two Examples: Which One Applies?

Some argue that John the Baptist’s teaching – that it was not lawful for Herod to have his brother’s wife (Mk. 6:18) – establishes a New Testament example of how someone today may be required to leave his wife.

Reinventing Atonement

How sad it is that the Savior must be the brunt of attack by modern critics (for whom he also died), as they arrogantly take upon themselves the ambitious task of “re-inventing” the reason for his death.

Effective Bible Study — An Urgent Need For Everyone

If the church of today was a more studious body, she would not be plagued with as many problems as she now encounters. Knowledge is a powerful antidote to error. Let us return to the thrilling adventures within the Word of God.

Are Some Sins Excused?

In his letter to the Christians in Rome, Paul describes a certain level of human activity as “inexcusable” (Rom. 1:20). Does this imply that some conduct, even that which is bad, is “excusable”?

Profanity – A Biblical Assessment

The Bible does not lay down a prohibited vocabulary list, but it certainly contains guidelines that will assist the devout person in using speech that is well-pleasing to the Lord and to others.

The Sinner’s Prayer — Is It Biblical?

Ministers frequently tell lost people that they need to “pray the sinner’s prayer.” Exactly what is this “sinner’s prayer”? Is this prayer biblically based? If not, what is its origin?

Timothy McVeigh’s “Invictus”

Timothy McVeigh is dead. His ashes were secretly deposited into Earth’s bowels, to return to the dust whence they came (Gen. 3:19; Eccl. 12:7). His soul has entered a new domain where there is no place for arrogance, defiance, or “coping” with the environment (Lk. 16:23ff).

The Value of Persecution

Have you ever been persecuted for your faith? Have you suffered the abuse of others for Christ? If so, meditate on the value of your persecution and be encouraged to remain faithful.

Does the Bible Forbid a Woman to Wear Slacks or a Pant-Suit?

Would you explain Deuteronomy 22:5. “The woman shall not wear that which pertains unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment for all who do so are an abomination unto the Lord your God.” Does this passage forbid a woman to wear slacks or a pant-suit?

Electronic Church

There are Bible commands and principles that obligate us to “come together” when we are able to do so, and no “flip of a switch” can satisfy those demands upon able-bodied people.

Some Questions About Greek Grammar

What is the significance of the genitive case, “faith [in] Christ” in Romans 3:22? Why are the verbs “believe” and “confess” in Romans 10:9 in the aorist tense?

Timothy McVeigh and Capital Punishment

Do circumstances surrounding the execution of Timothy McVeigh argue for the elimination of the death penalty as a form of punishment for crimes against humanity?

For the Joy that Lay before Him

Hebrews 12:1-2 sets forth the wonderful example of Christ to encourage us as we strive to “run the race.” May we ever follow in his path.