The following articles are related to the topic of ELDERS

When Love Grows Cold: A Profile of the Ephesian Church

Near the end of his second missionary campaign (ca. A.D. 52), Paul, in company with his working companions, Aquila and Priscilla, came to the city of Ephesus. This magnificent metropolis of some two hundred to three hundred thousand souls was the capital of provincial Asia, located in west Asia Minor, just off the eastern shore of the Aegean Sea. Here ... read more »

The Study of Biblical Words

A study of Bible words can, and should, be approached from several angles. In this article, we will consider the following three important concepts: - word etymology - grammatical form - context Etymology Etymology is that branch of "word science" that has to do with the origin and development of words. The investigation of a word's root form can be ... read more »

Debt and Depression

One of the major problems in our modern, frenzied society is depression-that distressed state of mind that so interferes with the kind of happiness God wants each of us to enjoy. One of the significant causes of depression today is indebtedness. It is so easy to pile up debts, and so difficult to get out from beneath this burden, that ... read more »

John Shelby Spong: Anglican Nightmare

John Shelby Spong has long been known as the "nightmare" of the more conservative element of the Anglican Church in America. He is as radically liberal as it is possible to be - and still maintain a nominal identification with the name "Christian." Spong was born in North Carolina in 1931. His father, an alcoholic, died when the lad was ... read more »

The Awesome Responsibility of Church Leadership

James A. Garfield was the twentieth president of the United States, serving less than four months before he was assassinated. He was a member of the church and served as an elder. When Garfield relinquished his role as elder, it is said that he stated, "I resign the highest office in the land to become president of the United States." ... read more »

Jehovah’s Witnesses and Blood Transfusions

Most people are aware that for more than half a century the "Jehovah's Witnesses" have vigorously opposed the medical practice of blood transfusions. In a number of well-documented cases, the "Witnesses" have allowed family members die, rather than permitting a transfusion to save their lives. Though the sincerity of these folks can scarcely be questioned, they have a zeal without ... 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 »

Is Pledging One’s Weekly Contribution Wrong?

"The elders of the congregation of which I'm a member have asked the members to 'pledge' their contributions for the coming year. Is this a scriptural practice? Would Matthew 6:3, 'let not your left hand know what the right hand is doing,' apply to pledging?" There are several things that must be said regarding this matter. Is It Wrong to ... read more »

The Campbell-Purcell Debate (1837)

Over the past several months, various new media outlets have been ablaze with the controversy that has racked the Roman Catholic Church pertaining to the morality (or lack thereof) in a significant number of the Church's priests.The "pedophilia mania" has shaken that institution to its very foundation, and litigation is taxing its financial resources.This disgraceful circumstance has provided tons of ... read more »

What About the “Sacraments”?

"Do you know the actual history of 'Seven Sacraments'? Were all of these brought about at the same time?" The term "sacrament" derives from the Latin sacramentum, the meaning of which is "a thing set apart as holy." The New Testament never isolates certain acts of obedience from others by designating them as "sacraments." However, as the early church (late ... read more »