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The Skeptics’ Bogus Bounty

The skeptics have placed a "bounty" on my head. Well, in a manner of speaking. They've offered me a bounty of $2,000 if I will accept their challenge. But let me give you a bit of background. Some years ago a former preacher and missionary associated with the churches of Christ "soured," and, so far as anyone knows, abandoned any ... read more »

What Is a “Necessary Inference”?

"I frequently hear ministers talk about a 'necessary inference' in connection with the issue of Bible authority.What is a 'necessary inference,' and is this a legitimate method of establishing scriptural authority?" The word "inference" derives from Latin roots that signify "to gather in."In logic (the science of critical thinking), it suggests the idea of gathering in data from various sources, ... read more »

Do the Ages of the Earth and Mankind Really Matter?

The impact of Charles Darwin's theory of organic evolution has made tremendous inroads into the thinking of many people who ostensibly identify themselves as Christians. What is true of the community of "Christendom" is no less true of the churches of Christ. One area of considerable compromise is in the realm of evolutionary chronology. Evolutionary scholars are adamant about the ... read more »

The Tomb Was Found Empty

Did the disciples steal the body, or was it the enemies who stole it? Maybe the women went to the wrong tomb. Or did Jesus pass out on the cross and revive in the tomb, having merely "swooned" on the cross? Did he roll the stone away from the inside and sneak off? The ramblings of skeptics have one thing ... read more »

A Bible-Believing People

One of the significant features of the church of Jesus Christ is its attitude toward the Holy Scriptures in terms of the nature of the Bible and the authority inherent in this sacred Book. Informed Christians operate under the conviction that the Scriptures are from God and through them the divine Mind has been revealed. If God exists-and the evidence ... read more »

Is the “Gospel of Judas” True?

Author's Note: This is a preliminary article to provide an immediate response to the recent publication and promotion of the Coptic Pseudo-Gospel of Judas. This article will be updated by a more comprehensive treatment of the topic in a few months when more material is available. In April 2006, the National Geographic Society of Washington D.C. held a press conference ... read more »

Denominationalism – Permissible or Reprehensible?

Denominationalism The word "denominate" means "to give a name to, to designate."It is a perfectly respectable term.If one cashes a two hundred dollar bank draft, he may request currency in "denominations" of tens and twenties.In this sense the word merely signifies a separation into various divisions by name.And so the term itself is not "tainted." "Denomination" takes on a less-than-ideal ... read more »

An Analysis of the “Salvation Army”

Street corner bands, trucks collecting repairable items, red kettles, ringing bells at Christmas time, and soup lines are well-known marks of the internationally publicized Salvation Army. This is an organization that is hailed as a paragon of virtue by most religious people. The Salvation Army is widely acclaimed for its charitable thrust. It operates hostels for homeless men and women, ... read more »

Are Modern “Church Buildings” Digressive?

There is a minority element within the Christian community that contends the early church met exclusively in private homes, not in the type of public facilities one sees today. They allege that the use of modern "church buildings" is in violation of the biblical pattern. Church groups, they argue, are "families." Therefore, in order to preserve the atmosphere of intimacy, ... read more »

Pass Over “The Passover Plot”

Many of the world's religions revolve around a person, and such persons are now entombed. These shrines are visited by interested followers to this day. Only Christianity claims the resurrection of its founder, and only Christ claimed to be the Son of God in the flesh. Therein, Christianity stands distinct from all other religions. Either Christ was raised from the ... read more »