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Of Fathers and Their Sons

For some strange reason, we Californians start baseball early in the year, even before the pros. Once again, I have dedicated a good portion of my time to coaching my son's team. Last year I coached Matthew, my almost-six-year-old, in T-ball. This year, it's Nicholas' turn. For the second year in a row, Nicholas is the youngest player on his ... read more »

Does 1 Corinthians 16:1-2 Constitute a Binding Pattern?

This is an era of turbulent change-both in society, and certainly in the church. Increasingly, points of teaching, long cherished, are coming under critical dispute. One such controversial issue appeared in a recent article titled, "The Collection for The Saints," published on a blog called Voice. The gist of the piece, by a sincere, intelligent young brother, is this. Paul's ... read more »

Did Matthew Blunder?

After seventy years in Babylonian captivity, the Israelites, by the decree of King Cyrus of Persia, returned to their Palestinean homeland. Some fifty thousand Jews made the long journey. One of their initial projects was to begin rebuilding the temple of Jehovah. The foundation was joyfully laid (Ezra 3:11). Due to Samaritan opposition, however, the work was suspended (4:24). And ... read more »

What Is a Publican in the New Testament?

The term "publican," as rendered in earlier versions (e.g., KJV/ASV), and "tax collector," as found in later translations (e.g., NIV/ESV), translates the Greek word telones. The term is found twenty-one times in the New Testament and only in the first three Gospel records (the Synoptics). Roman Taxation System The taxation systems of the antique world were elaborate and complicated. When ... read more »

Coping with Problems

This is a world cursed by sin (Genesis 3). It is, therefore, a world of problems. We all have problems-some greater, some lesser. We have health problems, money problems, employment problems, and family problems. Some of our difficulties may not be our fault (e.g., physical infirmity). Many of our ailments, however, are self-induced. We have marriage problems because we don't ... read more »

Translating Bapto

The Greek word baptizo means to "dip, immerse." It is so defined by virtually every New Testament language authority. The verbal form occurs some eighty times in the New Testament. In most modern versions the verb is not translated at all. Rather, it is anglicized from the Greek language into English, almost letter-for-letter. Why do you suppose this non-translating procedure ... read more »

What Is the Meaning of Proverbs 14:4?

"What is the meaning of Proverbs 14:4? It seems to be out of place in the Bible." Before we address the text of Proverbs 14:4, we need consider this important point. Contrary to the opinions of many, the Bible was intended to instruct us in all areas of life. We do not find the concept of compartmentalizing one's life into ... read more »

The Work Ethic

We are living in a time when the "work ethic" is suffering enormously. More and more people want to do less and less for higher pay. Thousands of able-bodied people are living on welfare. Many could work, but some just don't want to. At least they don't want to work at a real "work" job; if they could find a ... read more »

National Center for Science Education & Evolution

Recently I received a form letter (dated November, 1998) from Eugenie C. Scott, executive director for the National Center For Science Education, Inc. This militant, anti-religion organization is underwritten by some of the most rabid skeptics in America. Prominent names, such as F.J. Ayala, Niles Eldredge, Stephen J. Gould, and Donald Johanson, are connected with the movement. The letter was ... read more »

The Tragedy of Racism

No one with a modicum of awareness will deny that racism-the inclination to judge a person solely on the basis of his skin pigmentation or ethnic background-has been a human problem for centuries. Paul addressed this problem before the haughty Greeks in Athens; there he affirmed that: "God made of [out of] one [masculine - one man, an allusion to ... read more »