The following articles are related to the topic of SINGING

What Is A Cappella Music?

One of our readers recently wrote asking that we explain what is meant when it is stated that churches of Christ use only a cappella music. This is an excellent question and we are happy to respond. The phrase a cappella derives from a Latin expression which, by way of Italian, means "in the style of the church," or "as ... read more »

My Cup Runs Over

Psalm 23 has been called the "Nightingale" song, because it sings the sweetest at the midnight hour. The "title" suggests it is a "Psalm of David." These superscriptions (116 of them) are not a part of the original text, but they are very ancient, going back at least to the third century B.C. (in the Greek version). The Psalm falls ... read more »

The Emerging Church Movement—The New Face of Heresy

Recently, Charles Colson, a leading evangelical writer, pointed out: Last June a Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life survey found rampant doctrinal ignorance among American Christians. Fifty-seven percent of evangelicals believed people who follow religions other than their own can enjoy eternal life. The results were so unexpected that Pew repeated the survey, asking more specific questions. The answers ... read more »

The Study of Biblical Words

A study of Bible words can, and should, be approached from several angles. In this article, we will consider the following three important concepts: - word etymology - grammatical form - context Etymology Etymology is that branch of "word science" that has to do with the origin and development of words. The investigation of a word's root form can be ... read more »

Amos, David, and Instruments of Music

"Does Amos 6:5 censure David's introduction of instrumental music in worship - even under the old covenant?Does the text hint that musical instruments in the Old Testament were something God tolerated, like polygamous marriage, rather than being his ideal?" This is a question upon which Bible expositors are not agreed. Let us first note the controversial text. In his rebuke ... read more »

The Historicity of Jesus Christ

E.F. Harrison wrote: "Some religions, both ancient and modern, require no historical basis, for they depend upon ideas rather than events. Christianity is not one of these" (1968, 11). The religion of Jesus Christ stands or falls upon the events of history. Did Jesus of Nazareth ever live? Is the New Testament data regarding him reliable? This is a crucial ... read more »

An Analysis of the “Salvation Army”

Street corner bands, trucks collecting repairable items, red kettles, ringing bells at Christmas time, and soup lines are well-known marks of the internationally publicized Salvation Army. This is an organization that is hailed as a paragon of virtue by most religious people. The Salvation Army is widely acclaimed for its charitable thrust. It operates hostels for homeless men and women, ... read more »

God Wants Me To Be Happy

The details may vary, but the basic story is the same, and becoming more common with the passing of time. These are tragic episodes that utterly baffle the minds of family and long-time friends. A Christian man, very active in the church, meets a woman in a store in which he occasionally shops. The lady is quite cordial and they ... read more »

Was Jesus “Gruff” and “Explosive”?

A popular writer admired by many-whose noble book, Will God Run? emphasizes the thrilling willingness of God to pardon the penitent sinner-recently penned an article that, in this writer's view, requires some exegetical adjustment. In a piece titled "What Does 'Good' Mean?" the author discussed the case of the "rich young ruler" who approached Christ, addressing the Lord as "Good ... read more »

Choosing a Man

Earl Edwards has served as a professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University (Henderson, Tennessee) for more than twenty years. Not only is he an accomplished Bible scholar, he has long been dedicated to mission work, serving as a missionary in Italy for sixteen years, and having led mission groups to some eight other nations. In this article, he discusses some ... read more »