The following articles are related to the topic of GIVING

Two “Stewards”—A Study in Contrast

The term "steward" derives from a compound Greek term, oikonomos, signifying "house arranger." Employed ten times by the New Testament writers, it basically has to do with one who has been entrusted with the responsibility of managing a household, i.e., the property belonging to another. It is used of church leaders, "elders" (Titus 1:7), of teachers of the word, e.g., ... read more »

The Spirit of Generosity — A Study in Contrasts

An adjective is a word that describes. If one says, "The house is green," green is an adjective describing the structure's color. Adjectives are used of people as well. Most of us would like to think that noble adjectives are employed when folks think or talk about us. For example, "He is a good person." Or, "She is generous." The ... read more »

Is a Church Obligated to Support Mission Work?

"A missionary was recently passing through our area. He called to ask a local preacher whether he might be able to make a presentation regarding his work to the congregation. The preacher told him that at this time they were not taking on any mission work. The missionary asked if he could simply inform the congregation of his mission work ... read more »

Did Matthew Blunder?

After seventy years in Babylonian captivity, the Israelites, by the decree of King Cyrus of Persia, returned to their Palestinean homeland. Some fifty thousand Jews made the long journey. One of their initial projects was to begin rebuilding the temple of Jehovah. The foundation was joyfully laid (Ezra 3:11). Due to Samaritan opposition, however, the work was suspended (4:24). And ... read more »

Reinventing Atonement

The title of the article was: "Savior or martyr? Christians struggle with the meaning of the cross." The essay , penned by Susan Hogan-Albach of the Dallas Morning News, and picked up by newspapers around the country, seeks to give a new twist to the meaning of the death of Jesus Christ - and "twist" is the appropriate term (see ... read more »

Belief as Used in the Book of Acts

The Greek noun for faith is pistis; the corresponding verb is pisteuo. Combined, these forms are employed some 243 times in the New Testament. There is a great deal of confusion and controversy in the community of "Christendom" as to the meaning of these terms. Unfortunately, sectarian bias has clouded the understanding of many on this important biblical theme. Depending ... read more »

A Rebellion in Heaven

Does the Bible indicate there was, at one time in the past, a rebellion among angels in heaven? Though there is no detailed historical record of such an event, there are key pieces of evidence that surely indicate there was some sort of revolt against God among the angels, and that such resulted in very serious consequences for the offenders. ... read more »

What Does “Makes Her an Adulteress” Mean?

One of the most frequently debated teachings of Christ is that of his restrictions on divorce and remarriage. Many of those discussions revolve around the meaning of one particular phrase found in Matthew 5:32. What does the phrase "maketh her an adulteress' (in Matthew 5:32) mean? There are two possible views relative to "maketh her an adulteress," as found in ... read more »

Mark 7:19 – Unclean Meats

Students of the Old Testament are aware of the fact that certain types of meat were considered "unclean" under the Mosaic economy. According to the regulations set forth in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, the Hebrews could eat: 1. animals that were cloven hoofed and chewed the cud (e.g., cattle, sheep); 2. fish with fins and scales; 3. fowl that ... read more »

1 Peter – The True Grace of God

When Peter concluded his first epistle, he summarized the basic purpose of the narrative. "I have written unto you briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God; stand ye fast therein" (5:12). The thrust of the book is thus threefold. It contains certain exhortations to godliness.It sets forth the nature of true grace.It urges fidelity to ... read more »