Meet Ted Turner—Thanks, I’d Rather Not!

"Meet Ted Turner," is the title of a major article in the September issue of Reader's Digest. My first impression when I saw that headline, was: "I'd rather not!" - because the man is a disgusting combination of egotism and infidelity. A lot of people grovel at his feet because he is one of America's richest men. He has a ... read more »

Are the Gospel Writers Credible?

The writers of the Gospel accounts-Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John-quite definitely affirm that Jesus Christ claimed to be the Son of God, and that he performed miracles to authenticate that affirmation. Further, they allege that even though Jesus was put to death on the cross, after three days he came out of the grave, thus, forcefully demonstrating that he is ... read more »

Why Humanity Should Serve God

I have no reason to doubt that her question was entirely sincere-however misguided it was. "Suppose you could prove to me that there is a God. So what! Would that necessarily mean that I would be obligated to serve him? Your God must be on a super 'ego trip' if he expects everyone in the universe to worship him." What ... read more »

Is Morality Essential to Leadership?

A survey out of Washington, D.C. requests that ministers answer this question: "Can an individual serve in leadership who lacks moral authority?" The short answer is: "No!" But let me expand with a series of logical propositions. Consider them, please. (1) A leader, by definition, is one who guides, who shows the way by example (Webster). A leader, if he ... read more »

What Does the Bible Say About Miracles?

In discussing the theme of biblical miracles, several important areas of consideration must be surveyed. First, exactly what is a miracle? People use that term rather loosely-frequently, not at all in a scriptural sense. And what are those tell-tale traits that identify the miracle and distinguish it from a natural phenomenon? If folks only knew what to look for in ... read more »

The Death of Matthew Shepard

The tragic case of Matthew Shepard has been prominent in the news of late. Sheperd was a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming. He openly professed homosexuality. Apparently, he was lured from a bar and taken to a remote place; there he was tied to a fence, pistol-whipped, and left exposed in the cold. Eventually, he died. The news ... read more »

How Old Is the Earth?

Dr. Hugh Ross, a theologian/scientist, who contends that the earth is billions of years old, has characterized the issue of the age of the earth as "a trivial doctrinal point" (1994, 11). Others allege that the Bible simply does not speak to this matter. [For a refutation of the false ideas advocated by Dr. Ross, see Van Bebber and Taylor ... read more »

When Will Oprah Free Her Slaves?

Oprah Winfrey is one of the wealthiest women in America. She is worth millions of dollars. She has a popular day-time television show. She produces movies. She's a "mover and shaker" in the entertainment industry. She has to be an intelligent woman to have accomplished as much as she has-which just goes to prove the point that a person can ... read more »

Gold, Silver, and Iron: Three Rules of Human Conduct

NOTE: The gifted T. B. Larimore (1843-1929) once delivered a discourse titled "The Iron, Silver, and Golden Rules" (see Srygley 1949, 190-207). That presentation furnished the seed thoughts for this article. Jesus had been teaching in Galilee, the northern region of Palestine. Great throngs followed him and doubtless he was weary. Accordingly, he took his disciples and ascended a mountain ... read more »

Bertrand Russell and Christianity, Part 1

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) was one of the most influential opponents of Christianity of this century. When he won the Nobel Prize in Literature (1950), he was characterized as one "who constantly figured as a defender of humanity and freedom of thought." Actually, he was a militant defender of skepticism and a dedicated enemy of Christianity. Nevertheless, the Swedish Academy described ... read more »