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Some Facts About Death

Death is an unpleasant subject. Unless one is in the "death" business (mortuaries, cemeteries, tombstones, etc.), he doesn't like to talk about it-much less reflect upon his own demise. Death has had a bad reputation throughout human history. It was pronounced as a penalty for Adam's sin in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 2:17), and all human beings (with the ... read more »

God’s Providential Use of Nations

As informed Bible students have observed so many times in the past, the providential activity of God is beyond human analysis. I sometimes refer to it as a provable-nonprovable proposition. This is what I mean: the Lord's providential operations are certain; for, in principle, Bible examples demonstrating such are very clear. The experiences of Joseph are sufficient within themselves to ... read more »

Some Lessons From Church History

The church of Christ was born in troublesome times. The bold and uncompromising preaching that was characteristic of those early disciples soon plunged them into grievous persecutions. Peter and John were imprisoned and whipped (Acts 4, 5). Shortly thereafter Stephen became the first martyr (Acts 7:60). Apparently his death triggered the "great persecution" (Acts 8:1), which subsequently came upon the ... read more »

MASADA: The Final and Futile Stand

Over the past several decades numerous articles, books, and even a television mini-series have drawn considerable attention back to the ancient Jewish/Roman conflict that culminated at Masada (just west of Israel's Dead Sea) in A.D. 73. Unfortunately not all presentations have been accurate, thus leading to a distorted perception of that startling historical episode. The truth of the matter is ... read more »

The Ethics of Human Cloning

"Cloning" has been a volatile topic in the news of late. In England, for example, the House of Lords recently voted 212 to 92 in favor of promoting experiments which will attempt to clone human beings - even though a conglomerate of religious leaders (Roman Catholics, Protestants, Jews, Muslims, and Sikhs) petitioned the politicians to pause and study the ethical ... read more »

Was Mohammed the Prophet of Whom Moses Spoke?

"Deuteronomy 18:18 says that God would raise up a prophet like Moses from among their brothers. The Israelites (the Jews) and the Ishmaelites (Arabs) were brothers. The prophecy states that 'I will put my words in his mouth and he will tell them everything I command him.' "Moses was born with a human mother and father, he married, had children, ... read more »

Adam Clarke & Albert Barnes: Scholars from the Past

Occasionally in these weekly articles I like to depart from the "heavier" subjects and take one of those inviting side-trails that explore interesting facts of history. This week we have a "human interest" piece concerning two renowned Bible commentators. Adam Clarke (1762-1832) Adam Clarke was the most famous commentator the Methodist Church ever produced. As a child he was judged ... read more »

Darwin’s Disciples: The Modern Epicureans

When Paul visited the city of Athens on his second missionary campaign, one of the philosophical groups that he encountered was the "Epicureans." Three years ago, when we published our commentary on the book of Acts, we made this brief comment regarding this Greek cult. "The Epicureans (named for their founder) were pagan deists; they believed in 'gods,' but contended ... read more »

Are We Under Law or Grace?

Why do some insist that Christians are under law today? We are not under law, but grace. The law came by Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus (Jn. 1:17). We must respectfully point out that the question recorded above reflects a serious misunderstanding of the nature of both law and grace. And it misrepresents the nature of the ... read more »

How Is a Civil Ruler a “Minister of God”?

"Could you comment on Paul's teaching in Romans 13:4-5? How is the civil ruler a 'minister of God'? What is the meaning of 'he bears not the sword in vain'?" The general context of Romans 13:1-7 has to do with the Christian's responsibility to the government under which he lives. And this embraces any government - ancient or modern. The ... read more »