The following articles are related to the topic of INSPIRATION

The Music-Authority Issue—Again

Did you ever encounter an "argument" so absolutely "off the wall" that you instinctively knew it really was unworthy of an acknowledgment, but, due to the bizarre novelty of it, you somehow felt drawn to a retort anyway? Such an experience recently robbed me of my will-power. A few weeks back, in our weekly Question & Answer column ("What about ... read more »

In What Sense Has Christ Abolished Death?

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is a marvelous collage of Old Testament characters who lived the life of faith. After rehearsing these examples, the inspired writer offers this encouragement. "Therefore let us also, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let ... read more »

Luke’s Accuracy – Some “Unfinished Business”

The story came to me this way. In the fall of 1992, Notre Dame and Boston College contested one another in football. It was a one-sided rout as Notre Dame demolished its opponent. Even in the second half, well ahead in points, the Fighting Irish kept running up the score, contrary to that unspoken rule of good sportsmanship. Sometime later, ... read more »

Psalm 95 — A Message of Urgency

Though the superscription of the Old Testament text does not assign it to a particular author, the New Testament attributes Psalm 95 to David (cf. Heb. 4:7). And while it dates three millennia ago, it contains exhortation as valuable for us today as for the generation of the shepherd king. Psalm 95 rather easily divides into three sections. First, there ... read more »

Questions About Melchizedek

"Some allege that the mysterious 'Melchizedek,' whom Abraham met when returning from the rescue of Lot, was a physical manifestation of the pre-incarnate Christ. Would you comment on this?" It certainly is true that there were numerous pre-incarnate (i.e., "before the flesh") appearances of the Lord Jesus during Old Testament times. (See: A Brief Study of The Angel of Jehovah ... read more »

Why Did Paul Say, “Let God Be True...”?

"What does the passage mean, 'let God be found true, but every man a liar' (Romans 3:4)?" In the first two chapters of his letter to the Roman saints, Paul has discussed the spiritual plight of both the Gentiles (chapter 1), and the Jews (chapter 2). Both segments of humanity, he argued, had serious spiritual problems, and were accountable to ... read more »

Are Logic and Scripture Compatible?

Some religionists are opposed to "using logic" or "reason" concerning spiritual things. We are informed, by these guardians of rational thought, that the use of logic is the reason for much of the division in the church today. This position is perplexing, for those who reject the use of "reason," reason that binding "our conclusions" produces much of the religious ... 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 »

Daniel’s Prophecies: Encouraging and Enlightening

Skeptics despise the book of Daniel. If Daniel received visions as he said he did, and if he wrote these prophecies as he claimed to have done, then this book is unmistakably a product of divine inspiration. The issues raised by those who arbitrarily assign the book to an unknown, unnamed author of the second century B.C. are not our ... read more »

Too Late for Tears

Would it ever be too late for a Christian to repent? "Yes." "For ye know," said the Hebrews writer (12:17). You know about Esau and what happened with respect to the birthright and blessing. Esau's example teaches us something about the nature of irreversible consequences, and we must apply the lesson to spiritual things - the eternal inheritance. The inspired ... read more »