The following articles are related to the topic of CHURCH

A Review of Recent Arguments for Women Preachers

Every significant movement within society will eventually, to some degree, make itself felt in the church. The phenomenon of "women's liberation" is no exception. There are those within the body of Christ who are clamoring that women must throw off the yoke of male domination and claim their rightful place in the family of God-namely, an active role in preaching ... read more »

Church Growth: By the Gospel or By Gimmicks?

On the first Pentecost following the resurrection of the Lord, the church of Christ exploded in to existence. Under the supernatural influence of the Holy Spirit, the apostles, for the very first time, proclaimed the full facts of the gospel message-namely, that Jesus of Nazareth had been crucified and buried, but that he had been raised from the dead and ... read more »

Baby Dedication Ceremonies: Expediency or Innovation?

The "infant dedication" service is a new practice that has evolved within some churches of Christ in recent years. Apparently it is becoming increasingly popular, as a search-engine check of "Baby Dedication-Church of Christ" on the world wide web will reveal. Is this practice merely an innocent expediency? Many respectable brethren believe that this exercise reflects a very unhealthy trend ... read more »

Growing Doubts about the Resurrection of the Dead

In his defense before Agrippa, Paul asked his Jewish audience: "Why is it judged incredible with you, if God doth raise the dead?" (Acts 26:8). There have always been those who found the concept of the bodily resurrection incredible, i.e., unbelievable, and their modern counterparts are appearing increasingly-even in today's church. False Ideas The ancient Greeks disdained the notion that ... 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 »

The Shocking New “Christian” Generation

Perhaps the title of this article needs some definition. By "generation" I am speaking of that group of people from the mid-teens, to those who are around thirty years of age. The term "Christian" is used both relatively and specifically; by that I mean it is employed generically of some who are denominationalists, but who nominally identify with "Christianity." Specifically, ... read more »

Was Jesus Really the “Messiah”?

A Jewish opponent of Christianity argues: "Christians claim that the mission of Jesus of Nazareth was to bring peace to this earth.It has been two thousand years since he was born, and yet still there is no peace.In fact, there seems to be more conflict than ever.Does this not prove that Jesus was not the person Christians claim him to ... 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 »

Enemies of Christ

In his epistle to the Philippians, the apostle Paul warned: "For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ" (Phil. 3:18). The term "enemy" translates the Greek word echthros. It is a form kindred to echthos, "hate," hence denotes one whose disposition is hateful, hostile, ... read more »

The Baptist Church: An Historical Perspective

I grew up among kindly people of the Baptist affiliation. My father's family was of this persuasion. A more gracious, benevolent group of folks could scarcely have been found. It was heartbreaking, therefore, to eventually discover that the church of my ancestry was unknown to the New Testament. An Historical Overview The Baptist movement was started with the best of ... read more »