The following articles are related to the topic of HOLY SPIRIT

A Response to: “Yes, We Baptize Babies”

The Christian News is a weekly journal published by some nice (though misguided) folks associated with the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod). A couple of years back (June 30, 1997, p. 22) the paper published the reproduction of an article by Lutheran clergyman Stephen C. F. Kurtzhan, titled: "Yes, we baptize our babies in the name of the Father, Son, Holy ... 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 »

The Conversion of Saul of Tarsus

In his popular volume, Paul: A Study in Social and Religious History, first published in 1912, Adolf Deissmann (who did so much to demonstrate the nature of Koine Greek, the language of the New Testament) once said that the true historical investigator must rescue "the paper Paul of our western libraries." He spoke of the "Germanized, dogmatized, modernized, stilted Paul." ... read more »

The Significance of the Day of Pentecost

Acts chapter ten is a very unique portion of the New Testament. It commences by introducing the reader to a splendid citizen of Caesarea, a Roman centurion whose name was Cornelius. Though a Gentile, Cornelius had been attracted to the concept of Israel's one God. Hence, he was devoutly religious and a splendid example of high moral ideals. He was, ... read more »

Words Fitly Spoken

Solomon once said that, "a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a network of silver" (Prov. 25:11). This proverb likely describes the beauty of a word spoken appropriately and at the right time. Perhaps the pithy saying could be a reminder to God's people today that their own words should be wisely chosen for the time in ... read more »

Testing the Spirits

The power of the public speaker is enormous. Who can forget the swelling pride of the British during their darkest hour as they were led to the battle with the words of Churchill? Or the tremendous impact of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg? Even those who are not great orators wield significant influence over their listening audience. The bumbling Marshal Applewhite ... read more »

Clergyman Attacks Bible — Is Ousted

It produced a dramatic headline in the London Times (July 23, 2001). A prominent clergyman in the Church of England was banned from preaching in the town (Uppingham, Rutland) where he lives in retirement. Derek Stanesby, who has preached before the Queen on a number of occasions, was expelled from the pulpit where he often was invited to speak. What ... read more »

Did Peter’s Weakness Negate His Inspiration?

"If the apostles of Christ were inspired of God, and therefore could not make mistakes, why did Paul 'resist' Peter to his face (Gal. 2:11)?" No responsible Bible student contends that the apostles were divinely restrained from making personal mistakes. Certainly Peter sinned when he denied the Lord. Moreover, the Galatian text, referenced above, indicates that Peter acted the part ... read more »

Psalm 8:3-4 – What Is Man?

In the 8th Psalm, Israel's shepherd king exclaimed: "When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have established [I am constrained to ask]; What is man, that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you visit [care for] him?" (3-4). This is a magnificent declaration of Holy ... read more »

Does Mark 16:16 Involve “Water” Baptism?

"Would you provide biblical evidence in answering this question: Does the baptism of Mark 16:16 involve water? A friend contends the passage refers to a 'baptism into Christ' at the point of faith. Then, subsequently - as a Christian - one submits to baptism in water as an act of obedience, symbolizing his salvation. Unfortunately, your friend is quite in ... read more »