The following articles are related to the topic of ELDERS

The Power of Example

The Greek New Testament contains several terms that are rendered by the English word "example." The word deigma denotes that which is shown, hence, a specimen. Jude declares that the permanent destruction of wicked Sodom and Gomorrah serves as an "example" of the eternal punishment of hell (Jude 7). The term hupodeigma (literally, "to show under") suggests a model, either ... read more »

Did Jesus Endorse Situation Ethics?

At that season Jesus went on the sabbath day through the grainfields; and his disciples were hungry and began to pluck ears and to eat. But the Pharisees, when they saw it, said unto him, "Behold, thy disciples do that which it is not lawful to do upon the sabbath." But he said unto them, "Have ye not read what ... read more »

Answering the Fool

The inspired writer of Proverbs cautioned: "Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him." And then he said: "Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit" (Prov. 26:4-5). Is it not remarkable that these two statements, which appear so at odds, are found side-by-side? Do they contradict ... read more »

The Growing Defense of Sexual Child-Abuse

Since the dawn of time, humanity has been on a binge of perverting the divine gift of human sexuality. The Creator made the human family male and female. He then ordained an arrangement called marriage. Jehovah decreed that within this relationship men and women could enjoy the benefits of sexual intimacy. It was not long, however, before rebellious man decided ... read more »

Must A Woman Fear Her husband?

In the American Standard Version of the New Testament, there is a statement in Paul's writings that troubles many. "Nevertheless do ye also severally love each one his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see that she fear her husband" (Ephesians 5:33). Is a woman actually to "fear" her husband? There is no Bible translation that is ... read more »

Resolving Church Conflicts

The Lord's plan for his church is flawless. As individual members of his body, however, we are in the process of growth; we have not reached a state of perfection. There is no such thing as a flawless family or perfect work environment.Nor is there a perfect congregation. Problems will arise within a church for a number of reasons. For ... 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 »

The Church Needs More Wise Guys

If we were to describe the historical background of the book of Proverbs, it would be "life." Proverbs is universal and timeless. It affirms much of what pop-pyschology denies - that it matters how you live. There are objective, foreseeable, eternal consequences to living foolishly. Yes, it does matter. Living wisely involves skill, and skill for living is learned. Proverbs ... read more »

The Abuse of Love

Of all possible emotions, love is the greatest. There is a sense in which love even eclipses both faith and hope (see 1 Corinthians 13:13). Faith (trust) and hope are stimulated by love; all three will abide, but love is the greatest because it will empower the saint into greater adventures of trust and the realization of never-ending promises. It ... read more »

When Goodness Is as the Morning Dew

Hosea was an eighth-century B.C. prophet whose prophetic messages were aimed primarily at the wicked northern kingdom of Israel. The background of the book relates to the prophet's personal history. He was married to a woman whose name was Gomer. After the birth of their first child, Gomer became unfaithful, even pursuing the profession of a street harlot. From this ... read more »