The following articles are related to the topic of CHURCH OF CHRIST

Singin’ the Blues

Back in the 1950s Melvin Endsley wrote the song titled, "Singin' the Blues," which was so popular it was recorded by more than one hundred artists. The first line starts: "I never felt more like singin' the blues." That sentiment seems to afflict many these days. It probably has been the case that almost every generation feels negatively about the ... read more »

A Footnote on the Mary Winkler Case

Ann Rule has been writing about crime for the past thirty-eight years. A former police officer, she teaches seminars to law enforcement groups, including the FBI, and has testified before U.S. Senate Judiciary Sub-committees. She has authored numerous books, some two dozen of which have been on the New York Times best seller list. More than twenty million copies of ... read more »

Clouds Without Water: A Review of the New ACU Commentary

In the little letter that bears his name, Jude, a half-brother of our Lord, addressed a malignant first-century movement that threatened to undermine the integrity of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Certain teachers had wormed their way among the early saints with the ambition of changing the fundamental composition of Christianity. They wanted an "emerging church," different from that of ... 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 »

The Restoration of First-Century Christianity

When Martin Luther visited Rome in the fall of 1510, he was appalled by the spiritual laxity he observed-even in the priesthood. His dissatisfaction with the Catholic Church would eventually lead to his challenge of that system, which was culminated when he nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of the cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517. But ... read more »

Is the Church a Reed or a Pillar?

Jesus once asked regarding John the Baptizer: "What went ye out into the wilderness to behold? a reed shaken with the wind?" (Matthew 11:7). A reed is a symbol of instability; it pictures that which yields to other forces. On the other hand, Paul described the church as the "pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15). The imagery ... read more »

Tradition Versus Scripture

When the report of the Savior's miracles spread abroad, Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem made their way north to Gennesaret to confront Jesus. They charged that the Lord's disciples neglected to keep the "traditions" of the elders, because they did not ceremonially wash their hands (to purify themselves from Gentile contamination) before they ate. But Christ focused on them, asking ... read more »

The Influence of Modern Trends on the Church

Influence is a powerful thing. Every person both influences and is influenced by others in varying degrees. Jesus stressed the importance of godly influence when he compared his disciples to "salt" (Matt. 5:13), and Paul warned of the power of bad influences when he noted that "evil companionships corrupt good morals" (1 Cor. 15:33 ASV). The Greek word for "companionships" ... read more »

Confronting Islam: Examining the Qur’an

An article appeared in the July, 1997 edition of The Christian Chronicle under the title, "The Islamic World." The author, managing editor Glover Shipp, suggested that "Churches of Christ are at the amateur level in communication with and converting Muslims." Citing Wesley Jones, who is reputed to have a better insight into this matter than most of us, brother Shipp ... read more »

News Story Focuses Spotlight on Aspects of Mormonism

The hearts of thousands of Americans beat with joy last week when news media outlets broke the story about the fifteen year-old young lady of Salt Lake City, who had been found after months of frenzied worry on the part of her family. Nine months ago, the teenager had mysteriously disappeared from her bedroom in the dead of night and ... read more »