The following articles are related to the topic of MISSIONS

To What Law Were the Ancient Gentiles Accountable?

"In the Old Testament era, the Jews lived under the law of Moses. But what about the ancient Gentiles? To what law were they responsible?" This is a question that is puzzling to many Bible students. Let us develop some foundational points that will help in supplying an answer to this question. The Law of Moses The Hebrew nation was ... read more »

The Separation of Paul and Barnabas

Saul of Tarsus had been such a vicious persecutor of Christians that even after his conversion the brethren were still afraid of him. When Paul eventually returned to Jerusalem following his conversion to Christ, Barnabas had to persuade the disciples to let the apostle fellowship with them (Acts 9:26). As a result of this intercession, a wonderful friendship between Paul ... read more »

The Me-First Syndrome

"Now when Jesus saw great multitudes about him, he gave commandments to depart unto the other side [of the sea of Galilee]. And there came a scribe, and said unto him, Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go. And Jesus said to him, 'The foxes have holes, and the birds of the heaven have nests; but the Son of ... read more »

Separated from My Mother’s Womb

In his epistle to the churches of Galatia, quite obviously Paul was combating a Judaistic element in these congregations (most likely those he and Barnabas had established on that first missionary campaign - Acts 13:4-14:26). In the opening segment of the letter, Paul makes a defense of his apostolic authority (1:11-2:21). Within this section, the apostle contended that "God...separated me, ... read more »

The Paradox of Anxiety

A paradox is defined as a statement that appears to conflict with common sense or other credible sources of information, when, in fact, it may not conflict at all. For example, after reflecting upon on 1 Peter 5:6-"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time"-one might be inclined to say: "The ... read more »

Was Paul’s Theology Consistent on “Conversion”?

J. Carl Laney is a Professor of Biblical Literature at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Laney is a respected scholar but in some serious particulars his theology is flawed. For example in his book, Answers to Tough Questions From Every Book in the Bible, he raises the issue of whether baptism is essential to salvation. In response to ... read more »

Did Paul Sin in Submitting to the Temple Ritual?

"Did Paul sin when he 'purified' himself in the Jerusalem temple, according to the record in Acts 21?" Here is Luke's record of the incident in question. "Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them went into the temple, declaring the fulfillment of the days of purification, until the offering was offered for every one ... 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 »

Mohammed and His Religion

One of the finest small books on church history is The Story of the Christian Church by Jesse Lyman Hurlbut. It was first published in 1918 and later revised. The chapter: "The Rise of Mohammedan Power" represents a succinct discussion of the religion of Islam. With some minor revision for smoothness and accuracy, this chapter is reproduced in the following ... read more »

John Kitto’s Beautiful Tribute to “Woman”

John Kitto was born in Plymouth, England in 1804 to a family of little means. Schooling was rare in those days for poor folks, and little John had only three years of formal education in four different schools. His gracious grandmother taught him privately, and he learned to read well-which accommodated his insatiable thirst for knowledge. He read everything he ... read more »