The following articles are related to the topic of PARENTS

Elder Qualifications: What About His Adult Children?

One of the men who serves as an elder in the congregation where I am a member has a son in a distant city. The son, who is in his late thirties, has recently become discouraged and has stopped attending church services. Does this fact disqualify our elder, in view of the Bible stipulation that he is to rule his ... read more »

Does the Bible Conflict with Itself in the Matter of “Incest”?

Does the Bible Endorse Incest? Some superficial critics of the Bible charge that it contains a moral contradiction.It is alleged that whereas the practice of "incest" is condemned in the law of Moses, there appear to be cases in scripture where it is sanctioned.Abraham married his half-sister (Genesis 20:12), and both Isaac and Jacob married kinsmen (Genesis 22:20ff; 24:4; 24:43). ... read more »

DISgrace Institute: A Religious Disconnect

When it comes to religion, some folks have a real "disconnect." By that I mean they are strong in arguing for a particular doctrinal platform, but they see no relationship between their theological peculiarities and their conduct of life. The ancient Pharisees were of this sort. They adhered to the "strict manner of the law" (Acts 22:3). In fact, they ... read more »

Sexual Promiscuity — A National Plague

After a weary wandering for forty long years, the Hebrew people were preparing to enter Canaan. They encountered pagan forces east of the Jordan river, but resolutely defeated them - because the Lord was with his people. When the heathen armies saw that they were unable to resist the power of Jehovah, they decided to pursue another course of action. ... read more »

Evolution and the Doctrine of Original Sin

The July/August issue of Archaeology magazine is devoted to the propagation of the theory of evolution. The front cover features an ape face with the accompanying caption: "In Search of Human Origins." The article seeks to convey the impression that within the last half-century new fossil evidence has buttressed the notion that humans derive their existence from lower, ape-like creatures. ... read more »

Was Melchizedek the Preincarnate Christ?

"Was Melchizedek the preincarnate Christ?" No, Melchizedek was not the same person as Jesus, contrary to a rather popular notion that stems from a misunderstanding of certain passages in Hebrews 7. Melchizedek is first mentioned in Genesis 14. Abram (later called Abraham), returning from the rescue of his nephew (Lot), encountered this ancient dignitary who was king of Salem (early ... read more »

How Do I Deal with Conflicting Emotions?

I am a single Christian mother. I made a serious mistake and conceived a baby out of wedlock. I love my little girl very much. I struggle with what I've done, but I can't bring myself to be sorry that I have this child. She is the joy of my life. Can you give me advice you feel would help ... read more »

The Curse of Religious Diversity

Jim Minter, a former editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, produced a brief essay (12/1999) that was published in The Atlanta Journal. It was titled, "Which Version Should We Teach?" Mr. Minter, an entertaining writer, commences with a grievance about all of the controversy over prayer in the school. He complained that it was beginning to get on his nerves. It ... read more »

Jesus Christ – A Family Portrait

It was the will of the Heavenly Father that Jesus of Nazareth, the incarnate Son of God, should grow up within a human family environment. A consideration of the biblical data of this arrangement reveals some interesting and rewarding details. The Family Unit The apostle Matthew provides us with a snapshot of the Lord's human family: And coming into his ... read more »

Baby Dedication Ceremonies: Expediency or Innovation?

The "infant dedication" service is a new practice that has evolved within some churches of Christ in recent years. Apparently it is becoming increasingly popular, as a search-engine check of "Baby Dedication-Church of Christ" on the world wide web will reveal. Is this practice merely an innocent expediency? Many respectable brethren believe that this exercise reflects a very unhealthy trend ... read more »