The following articles are related to the topic of CHURCH GROWTH

The English Standard Version Study Bible – A Review

Shortly after its initial appearance, we published an article reviewing The English Standard Version (2001, Crossway Bibles). In that composition we cataloged what we perceived to be some of the strengths and weaknesses of this translation of the Bible. Generally, I commended the ESV, though I remain of the persuasion that the American Standard Version (1901) is still the best ... read more »

Starr’s Church of Christ — A Review

The bizarre conduct between the president of the United States and Monica Lewinsky has brought many people into prominence who otherwise might have remained relatively obscure. One person who has come to the forefront in this sordid scandal is Kenneth W. Starr, the chief counsel who is investigating the chief executive of our nation. Because Starr grew up associated with ... read more »

The Gwen Shamblin Controversy

Gwen Shamblin is a weight-loss instructor who operates out of Nashville, Tennessee. In a span of eight years (from 1992 to the present) she has taken her weight-control program from an in-home operation to a multimillion-dollar enterprise. Her book, The Weigh Down Diet, has sold more than a million copies in the last three years. Seemingly at the peak of ... read more »

Does the Case of Cornelius Prove the “Sinner’s Prayer” Doctrine?

Does not the case of Cornelius, the Roman soldier (Acts 10), prove that God hears the prayers of those who have not been baptized? The angel told Cornelius, 'your prayer has been heard' (Acts 10:31), and yet the centurion was not baptized until later. Can you explain the apparent conflict between this case and the idea that God does not ... read more »

Does 1 Cor. 3:15 Support the Doctrine of “Eternal Security”?

"A friend has appealed to 1 Corinthians 3:15 to support the idea that a Christian can never fall from God's grace eternally. He may sin, and then suffer the 'fire' of a temporal consequence, but his soul cannot be lost. Would you comment on this passage?" The larger context of the passage you cite is as follows: "According to the ... read more »

Fellow Workers for the Truth

How were some "fellow workers" (3 Jn. 8) received who had a commendation from the apostle John? While the "beloved apostle" commended Gaius, who "received" the church workers, others were censured for snubbing their noses, and treating the endorsed Christians like itinerate church cons. The apostle had occasion to write about this "evil" (3 Jn. 11), having previously written to ... read more »

Did You Vote?

The nation's eyes and ears have been tuned in to the state of Florida in recent days. The direction of our nation's leadership is in question, and Americans are deeply divided. There are difficult problems to be faced by our nation: abortion, taxation, family values, homosexual legitimacy, care for seniors, free markets, moral and cultural decay, etc. These problems, and ... read more »

Christianity Today Editor Just Doesn’t Understand

Rob Moll is the associate editor of ChristianityToday.com, the weekly newsletter of Christianity Today International, likely the most popular journal in the "evangelical" circles of "Christendom." In the August 14 edition, Mr. Moll wrote: I find Jesus a difficult person to understand. He calls his boldest disciple Satan. He furiously cleanses the temple. He tells ambiguous parables that confuse even ... read more »

Nuggets from the Book of Philemon

Colossae was a bustling city in Phrygia, in the southwest region of Asia Minor. In the time of the apostles it had seen its better days. Once famed for its soft wool and colorful dyes, commercial competition had muted its influence. There was a church there, perhaps established by Epaphras (Colossians 1:2; 4:12). The saints met in the home of ... read more »

Seven Important Truths About the Bible

Without question, the Bible is the most influential book in the history of the world. Some of the most brilliant minds of which the human race can boast have been drawn to this ancient volume. In this article we call attention to several great truths regarding the Bible which are vitally important. Origin As to its origin, the Bible is ... read more »