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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 »

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 »

The Pope Ignites a Controversy

A furor was reignited recently when news outlets reported that "Pope Benedict XVI" made the claim that the Catholic Church is the only true path to salvation. Various "pastors" of non-Catholic persuasions denounced the assertion, while some Catholic officials since have contended that the "pontiff's" message had been "misconstrued." Several observations regarding this confusion are appropriate. If the Roman Catholic ... read more »

Church Discipline – A Tragic Neglect

It is difficult to imagine what it would be like to live in a society where citizens could flaunt the rules and absolutely no consequences would follow-no fines, no imprisonment, etc. Can you conceive of a home environment where the children are allowed to do whatever they please with utterly no discipline imposed? Total chaos would reign in either of ... read more »

Anointing with Oil – James 5:14

In the book of James, the inspired writer exhorts: "Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up" (Jas. 5:14, 15). ... read more »

The Mormons Seek a Face Lift

Our Mormon friends are opting for a "face lift." They are attempting to phase out the designation "Mormon Church" (which has a cultic connotation in the minds of many), and so popularize themselves with a more "Christian-like" designation. In a recent issue of U.S. News & World Report (March 19, 2001), there appeared an article titled, "Don't call it 'Mormon'" ... read more »

What About Mechanical Instruments of Music in Christian Worship?

"Why don't we use instruments of music in our worship?" Tragically, so many members of the Lord's church these days appear to be untaught as to exactly why churches of Christ refrain from instrumental accompaniment in their worship. The simplest, most concise answer is this: It is a matter of authority. There is no authority for the use of a ... read more »

Questions About Missions

Many congregations annually designate one Sunday as "Missions Sunday." We have been doing so where I labor for a number of years. This is one expedient way to draw attention to those works outside the local congregation - prayerfully those works that are out-of-sight, but not out-of-mind. It is true, however, that every Sunday is "Missions Sunday" for the people ... read more »

What Are You Looking for in a Church?

Some people couldn't care less about religion. They do not believe in God; and "church," in their opinion, would be a burden and a waste of time. There are not many theoretical atheists (the evidence for God's existence is much too compelling); there are, though, legions of practical atheists-those who profess belief, but live as if there were no God. ... read more »

Does 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 Constitute a Binding Pattern?

This is an era of turbulent change-both in society, and certainly in the church. Increasingly, points of teaching, long cherished, are coming under critical dispute. One such controversial issue appeared in a recent article titled, "The Collection for The Saints," published on a blog called Voice. The gist of the piece, by a sincere, intelligent young brother, is this. Paul's ... read more »