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Starr’s Church of Christ — A Review

The bizarre conduct between the president of the United States and Monica Lewinsky has brought many people into prominence who otherwise might have remained relatively obscure. One person who has come to the forefront in this sordid scandal is Kenneth W. Starr, the chief counsel who is investigating the chief executive of our nation. Because Starr grew up associated with ... read more »

Paul’s Condemnation of Will-Worship

The church at Colossae was troubled by a heretical movement that seriously compromised the integrity of the Christian gospel. It was a conglomerate mixture of Judaism, asceticism (radical self-abuse), and proto-Gnosticism. For an extended discussion, see Lightfoot (1892, 71-111). One aspect of the heresy depicted by Paul was this: Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will-worship, and ... read more »

The Meaning of Romans 3:31

Please explain Romans 3:31. "Do we then make the law of none effect through faith? Indeed not, we establish the law." The correct interpretation of this passage depends upon four things - the meaning of "law," the significance of "faith," and a consideration of these terms in both the immediate and remote contexts of scripture. We must note at the ... read more »

Tradition Versus Scripture

When the report of the Savior's miracles spread abroad, Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem made their way north to Gennesaret to confront Jesus. They charged that the Lord's disciples neglected to keep the "traditions" of the elders, because they did not ceremonially wash their hands (to purify themselves from Gentile contamination) before they ate. But Christ focused on them, asking ... read more »

The Silence of the Scriptures: Permissive or Prohibitive?

One of the controversies that has raged in the world of "Christendom" for centuries is the matter of whether or not the "silence" of the Scriptures must be respected or ignored. Some allege that whatever is not expressly forbidden is allowed in religious practice; others contend that anything not authorized is not permitted. The dispute surfaced early in the post-apostolic ... read more »

The Divine Pattern of Acceptable Worship — Part 1

Human beings are instinctively worshiping creatures. When the Psalmist declared, "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God" (42:1), he perhaps expressed a need that is basic to the human soul. As far back as the time of Cicero in the first century B.C., or even earlier, pagan thinkers had observed that ... read more »

The Old Paths: Obsolete or Pressing Need?

The prophet Jeremiah had one of the more difficult tasks in the history of Israel. His divine assignment was to admonish the citizens of ancient Judah to return to the Lord, from whom they had wandered. The nation was languishing under the threat of impending punishment (the Babylonian captivity), and repentance was its only hope. Note, therefore, the prophet's plea. ... read more »

Psalm 69 – A Plea for God’s Deliverance

According to the superscription, this psalm is "For the Chief Musician; set to Shoshannim." The latter term denotes "lilies" and likely suggests a particular tune to which the psalm would be sung. It is classified as a "Psalm of David." Though these superscriptions are not a part of the original text, they are nonetheless very ancient - antedating even the ... read more »