The following articles are related to the topic of MISSIONS

Brevity – A Confirming Evidence of Bible Inspiration

It is almost in the genetic nature of biographers and popular journalists to string together miles of words in the depiction of significant historical events. This particularly is true when tragedy is involved. The word flow is extrapolated even more when brutal conduct is under consideration. Man's inhumanity to his fellows has stained millions of pages of literature - both ... read more »

The Jesus Seminar Strikes Again

Elsewhere, we have dealt with the so-called Jesus Seminar (see part one ). The seminar is a panel of liberal theologians who have commissioned themselves for a cut-and-paste job on the text of the New Testament. With an arrogance that is exceeded only by their ignorance (or vice versa), they purport to present a "new Jesus" to the world of ... read more »

Did the Early Church Observe the Lord’s Supper on a Daily Basis?

"It is becoming increasingly common to hear Christians argue that the first-century church, under the oversight of the apostles, observed the Lord's supper on a daily basis. Hence, it is alleged that it does not matter upon which day Christians partake of the communion elements. The time and frequency are said to be optional matters.We have been asked to comment ... read more »

Congregational Autonomy: Not a Shield for Error

In the first century, when churches operated under the ultimate oversight of inspired apostles, congregations were independent. There was no superstructure by which they were tied together. There was neither pope, bishop, nor council to regulate the affairs of local groups. It was an abandonment of this pattern that eventually gave rise to the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic system ... read more »

The Case of Eutychus

As Paul was concluding his third missionary campaign, he, along with eight traveling companions, came to Troas on the western coast of provincial Asia (Acts 20:6). Here they waited for seven days, finally meeting with the saints of that city on Sunday. It may have been early evening when the assembly convened. At some point the brethren ate the Lord's ... read more »

The Pain of Lingering Regrets

Nathan Hale elevated the term "regret" to a new high in 1776. Hale, a lad of twenty-one years, was a captain in the colonial army. He was arrested by the British as a spy and sentenced to hang. His courageous, final words were: "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." More often than ... read more »

Is Fasting for Christians Today?

What does the Bible teach about fasting? Is it for Christians today? Fasting, in the biblical sense, is the abstaining from food and drink for a spiritual reason. In the Old Testament era, the Jews fasted frequently, though there was only one fast prescribed by the law. Once each year, on the Day of Atonement, the Hebrews were to "afflict" ... read more »

Lord, Teach Us How To Pray

The disciples saw something in Jesus that they lacked. So one asked him, "Teach us how to pray" (Luke 11:1). Can we develop this spiritual quality? Can we learn how to pray? Certainly we can, and we must, in order to stay strong through the temptations and trials of life. Think of the times of day when Jesus was found ... read more »

The Support of Gospel Preachers

The Jewish rabbis had a saying: "Whoever does not teach his son a trade is as if he brought him up to be a robber." Paul, the Tent-making Preacher Though Paul was educated as a scholar of Hebrew law under the celebrated Gamaliel (Acts 22:3), nevertheless, as a lad he had learned the trade of tent-maker. Accordingly, when Paul, on ... read more »

Principles of Interpretation: The “Expansion” Concept

It is rarely the case (if ever) that the entire body of truth, relative to a doctrinal matter, is found neatly compacted in one contextual location. In researching a biblical theme, therefore, one must gather the available data pertaining to an issue from various sources, systematically harmonize whatever the Scriptures say about the subject, and then take the whole. One ... read more »