An Instructive Episode in the Ministry of Paul

Early in the ministry of Paul (at least three years after his conversion, Gal. 1:15-18), the apostle returned to his native Tarsus (Acts 9:30), where it is estimated he labored six or seven years. In the meantime, Barnabas, the great exhorter in the early church (Acts 4:36-37), was working with the expanding congregation in Antioch of Syria (Acts 11:23), just ... read more »

Pope Issues Apostolic Letter on 24th Anniversary of His “Petrine Ministry”

October 16th, 2002 was the 24th anniversary of Pope John Paul II. I don't track papal news from day to day. I was curious, however, when a broadcast noted that only four other "popes" had a longer tenure than John Paul II: Pius IX, Leo XIII, Pius VI - and Peter himself! (Note: the use of the word "pope" is ... read more »

King and Company Go Transdenominational

In a previous aricle, The Menace Of Radical Preterism , we discussed some of the identifying traits of a heretical movement that subscribes to the notion that (in the words of one of the dogma's advocates) "God accomplished the fulfillment of all [Bible] prophecy culminating in the destruction of the Jewish Temple in A.D. 70." This theory is variously known ... read more »

1 Timothy 4:14 – Timothy’s Gift and the Elders

The New Testament teaches that spiritual (miraculous) gifts were received in the first century in only two ways: Holy Spirit baptism - which came upon the apostles (Acts 2) and upon the household of Cornelius (Acts 10).By the laying on of the apostles' hands (Acts 8:18; 19:6). Some allege, however, that 1 Timothy 4:14 broadens the method of gift reception. ... read more »

What About John’s “Ridiculous” Statement?

At the end of the Gospel According to John, there is this statement, "And there are also many other things which Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written" (Jn. 21:25). This seems to border on the ridiculous. Would you care to ... read more »

Lord, Teach Us How To Pray

The disciples saw something in Jesus that they lacked. So one asked him, "Teach us how to pray" (Luke 11:1). Can we develop this spiritual quality? Can we learn how to pray? Certainly we can, and we must, in order to stay strong through the temptations and trials of life. Think of the times of day when Jesus was found ... read more »

What About the Thief on the Cross?

"Why do you insist that baptism is essential for salvation? While hanging on the cross, Jesus pardoned the thief who was crucified with him. And that forgiveness was granted without baptism (Luke 23:43). Surely this is a clear example of salvation by faith, not by baptism." To argue that the example of the thief on the cross is a pattern ... read more »

Ephesians 4:5 – One Baptism

The words "baptism" or "baptized" are employed in several different senses in the New Testament. Sometimes baptism refers to the overwhelming power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5) which was bestowed upon the apostles on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:4), and which later was granted to the household of Cornelius in order to demonstrate divine approval of God's acceptance ... read more »

Making Merchandise of the Gospel

The Scriptures clearly teach that one who labors extensively to study and teach the gospel, thus depriving himself of a regular income, has the right to be supported financially by those to whom the instruction is imparted. It is his "right" (1 Corinthians 9:4-6), and it is his students' "responsibility." Paul spends a considerable portion of the ninth chapter of ... read more »

Is God “Schizoid”?

A confused writer poses this seeming problem for the Bible student. "I am one of those people who has questions about the God of the Old Testament.For instance; the God of the Old Testament told people to stone sinners to death, while Jesus in the New Testament said not to do this thing. This is not God being the same ... read more »