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Examining the Four Gospels

When one opens the New Testament, he is introduced to four narratives which are concerned with the activity and teaching of Jesus of Nazareth. These records are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Why are there four accounts that cover so much of the same material? Are the records harmonious or do they conflict? When Jesus was crucified, a superscription was ... read more »

The Haunting Question from the Cross

During the six hours in which he hung upon the cross, the Lord Jesus uttered seven sayings. Surely the most perplexing of these was his plaintive question, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Matthew 27:46). As one might suspect, the critics appeal to this passage in an attempt to suggest that it highlights a moment of weakness ... read more »

The Value of Youth to the Cause of God

Which is the most difficult era of human life? Infancy? Adolescence? Mature adulthood? Agedness? It probably depends upon where you are as to how you might answer that query. While many might suggest that one's sunset years are the hardest, my own judgment would be that the period designated as youth might be the most challenging. Youth is a frustrating ... read more »

Will There Be Personal Recognition in Heaven?

Does individual personality survive the death of the body? Does recognition of friends and loved ones exist beyond this present life? The question is of more than passing emotional interest; it involves the very essence of the human spirit. The biblical evidence firmly supports the position of personal identity after death. Contrary to the misguided theories of philosophical and religious ... read more »

Confronting Islam: Examining the Qur’an

An article appeared in the July, 1997 edition of The Christian Chronicle under the title, "The Islamic World." The author, managing editor Glover Shipp, suggested that "Churches of Christ are at the amateur level in communication with and converting Muslims." Citing Wesley Jones, who is reputed to have a better insight into this matter than most of us, brother Shipp ... read more »

Where Did the Different “Races” Come From?

"Where did the different 'races' of men upon the earth come from?" The Evolutionary View At the commencement of this discussion, we must insist that the so-called "racial" developments did not result from an evolutionary ascendancy, with certain "races" being lower than others on the animal-to-human scale. For many years this was the evolutionary propaganda line, though most modern disciples ... read more »

Preparing to Preach

There are two senses in which every man who desires to preach the gospel of Christ in a public capacity should prepare for this noble vocation. First there is the advanced preparation; then there is the immediate readiness. Advanced Preparation The old Calvinistic idea that a man is "called" to preach by a supernatural force and receives a sacred "illumination" ... read more »

O Absalom — My Son, My Son!

One of the compelling evidences for the inspiration of the Bible is the impartial manner in which the lives of its characters are portrayed. The weaknesses and mistakes of its heroes, as well as its villains, are uncompromisingly revealed. This point is dramatically illustrated in the life of David, Israel's greatest king. The High Cost of Sin In spite of ... read more »

Should a Christian Marry Outside the Faith?

Is it wrong for a Christian to marry outside the faith? If so, how does he or she repent? This is a multifaceted question and it would not do it justice to answer it hastily. A preliminary foundation must be laid. We would offer the following thoughts for careful study. Marriage, A Sacred Relationship Designed By God First of all, ... read more »

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 »