The following articles are related to the topic of CRUCIFIXION

Behold, the Man!

In the dark hours preceding his crucifixion, Jesus was led through a series of quasi-legal proceedings that flaunted any sense of justice. In one of those phases, Pilate, the Roman governor, had Christ brutally whipped. Subsequently, the soldiers placed a crown of plaited thorns upon his brow and mockingly clothed him in a purple robe, feigning regal adoration. Pilate then ... read more »

Defending the Faith with a Broken Sword – Part 2

It is a commendable thing to want to defend the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. Such efforts, however, only serve the cause of truth when they are biblically sound and reasonably argued. As was noted in first installment of this series, however, some teachers with the very best of motives have nevertheless wielded a "broken sword" in their sincere attempts ... read more »

For the Joy that Lay before Him

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is said to be God's "hall of faith." Thrillingly, it chronicles a variety of marvelous examples of Old Testament faithful obedience, which are intended to encourage us in our Christian lives. With reference to this matter, the author declares: "Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, ... 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 »

Paul’s “Mother”

The last chapter of the book of Romans is highly personal. Therein Paul alludes to no fewer than twenty-nine people in Rome, about a third of whom he knew from earlier associations. Amidst this listing is this curious passage. "Salute Rufus the chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine" (Rom. 16:13). It is widely believed, due to certain ... read more »

How Do I Distinguish the “Literal” from the “Figurative”?

"I do not understand why ministers will teach that one passage in the Bible is 'literal,' while they say that another one is 'figurative.'For instance, in one of your articles you argue that the 'days' of the creation week are literal (twenty-four hour days).On the other hand, you say that the '1,000 years' mentioned in Revelation, chapter 20, is 'figurative.'Why ... read more »

Zechariah’s Amazing Prophecy of the Betrayal of Christ

Zechariah was a prophet who lived in the 6th century before the birth of Christ. He was one of those captives in Babylon but, under the leadership of a political ruler whose name was Zerubbabel, Zechariah, together with some 50,000 of his Hebrew kinsmen, returned to their native Palestine (cir. 536 B.C.). The record of these events is found in ... read more »

Was the Gospel Preached throughout the “Whole World” in the First Century?

"What is the meaning of Paul's statement in his letter to the Colossians, when he suggested that the gospel already had been 'preached in all creation under heaven' (Colossians 1:23)?How could this possibly have been an accurate statement?" As we begin to consider this text, let us also observe that there are other passages of similar import that may be ... read more »

What Must Be Done?

"And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders, and the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. And he spake the saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him. But he turning about, and seeing his disciples, ... read more »

The Jesus Seminar – Part 1

Recently (June 26, 2000), ABC News presented a special two-hour television program titled, In Search of Jesus, with popular broadcaster Peter Jennings as host. While the program touted itself as an objective investigation into the nature of the Jesus of history, it was really little more than a propaganda piece for the radical assertions of the self-proclaimed Jesus Seminar. In ... read more »