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Does Ephesians 2:8-9 Exclude Baptism?

For by grace have you been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory. So wrote Paul in his letter to the church at Ephesus (2:8-9). The passage is one of great beauty and power. How tragic that this text has been so abused by sincere ... read more »

Are Infants “by Nature” Children of Wrath?

During a speech some time back before the American Humanist Association, television mogul Ted Turner leveled a blast at Christianity for its alleged doctrine that infants are born in sin. The fact is, though this teaching is popular with certain denominational groups, it is unknown to the Bible. However, a few biblical passages are perverted in a futile attempt to ... read more »

Alan Dershowitz, Jesus Christ, and Logic

Alan Dershowitz is a professor of law at Harvard University. He is regarded as somewhat of an authority in appellate procedure (i.e., appealing a disputed legal decision to a higher court). Perhaps his greatest claim to fame is that he was one of the battery of attorneys employed in the defense of O.J. Simpson. (You remember O.J.-he's the one who ... read more »

The Falwell-Gay Alliance

Falwell, extending an "olive branch" to about two hundred homosexuals who attended the meeting (together with some two hundred "straight" denominationalists), insisted he has not altered his basic view that homosexual conduct is sinful. Rather, he is only calling for a more charitable view, he says, toward the "gay" community. Cal Thomas, a syndicated conservative columnist, has commended Mr. Falwell, ... read more »

What Is Modernism?

I frequently see writers refer to what they call "modernism." Exactly what do they mean by this term? The history of Christendom for the past twenty centuries has been characterized by cycles. One of those recurring cycles is that of theological modernism. Modernism is a determined effort on the part of those who have lost their personal faith in the ... read more »

John Calvin and Grace

One of the most influential religious figures of the last millennium was John Calvin of Switzerland. Calvin was born in 1509. At the age of fourteen, he went to Paris to study the classics. He was so austere that his fellow students nicknamed him "The Accusative Case." In 1529, he commenced the study of civil law. Presently, though, Calvin became ... read more »

What Is A Cappella Music?

One of our readers recently wrote asking that we explain what is meant when it is stated that churches of Christ use only a cappella music. This is an excellent question and we are happy to respond. The phrase a cappella derives from a Latin expression which, by way of Italian, means "in the style of the church," or "as ... read more »

Calvinism and the Great Commission

John Calvin (1509-64) was a religious reformer and theologian. The basic premise of his theology was the absolute sovereignty (right to reign) of God, out of which evolved his misguided theory of "predestination." The Swiss reformer believed that human "free will" was destroyed by man's "original sin"; thus, the innate power to yield to the will of God was lost ... read more »

Why People Quit Church

Church leaders have long been interested in why so many drift away from faithful service to the Lord. Jesus summarized the matter in his parable of the sower. The causes he listed are: the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of wealth, distracted desires for worldly things, and carnal pleasure (Matthew 13:22; Mark 4:18; Luke 8:14). This list could be ... read more »

What About Potlucks and Church Discipline?

A Christian couple in a nearby congregation divorced with no scriptural basis. She later remarried but was never disciplined by her home congregation. Recently she and her current husband visited our congregation and stayed for a potluck meal. One family left, quite agitated, and accused the rest of sinning by eating with the woman. Were they wrong in leaving? Were ... read more »