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The Music-Authority Issue—Again

Did you ever encounter an "argument" so absolutely "off the wall" that you instinctively knew it really was unworthy of an acknowledgment, but, due to the bizarre novelty of it, you somehow felt drawn to a retort anyway? Such an experience recently robbed me of my will-power. A few weeks back, in our weekly Question & Answer column ("What about ... read more »

Questions About Missions

Many congregations annually designate one Sunday as "Missions Sunday." We have been doing so where I labor for a number of years. This is one expedient way to draw attention to those works outside the local congregation - prayerfully those works that are out-of-sight, but not out-of-mind. It is true, however, that every Sunday is "Missions Sunday" for the people ... read more »

Concerning Dogs and Hogs

In the Sermon on the Mount Christ issued this warning: Do not give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the swine, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you (Mt. 7:6). Being a boy from the country, and having owned both dogs and hogs, I can value this ancient ... read more »

The Word-tenses of Salvation

When many people hear the term "salvation," they immediately think of something that occurred in their past. Many Protestants believe that salvation was received the instant they expressed a genuine faith in Christ as their personal Savior, and that it never can be forfeited. As we shall notice, these ideas are not accurate. Let us consider several passages that speak ... read more »

What’s Wrong with the Promise Keepers Movement?

Stockton, California has been one of the roughest cities on the West Coast. It's had a significant crime rate-one of the highest in the nation. And it's been a major "drug hub" for the West. One can imagine, therefore, that a great sigh of relief went up from Stockton's religious community last weekend when thirty-five thousand weeping, praying, hand-holding men ... read more »

Profanity – A Biblical Assessment

A sincere Christian recently noted that the Bible in general, and the book of James in particular (cf. Jas. 3:1ff), warns about the improper use of the tongue. Yet he laments the fact that profanity and vulgarity are perhaps more widespread now than at any time in history - at least in America. He wonders how it is that one ... read more »

Harold Camping’s New Revelation: “Leave the Church!”

In 1992, Harold Camping, a syndicated television preacher operating out of Oakland, California, penned the following words: "The results of this study indicate that the month of September of the year 1994 is to be the time for the end of history" (1994?, New York: Vantage Press, p. 531). Some 3,500 years earlier, Moses wrote: "[W]hen a prophet speaks in ... read more »

Does the Case of Cornelius Prove the “Sinner’s Prayer” Doctrine?

Does not the case of Cornelius, the Roman soldier (Acts 10), prove that God hears the prayers of those who have not been baptized? The angel told Cornelius, 'your prayer has been heard' (Acts 10:31), and yet the centurion was not baptized until later. Can you explain the apparent conflict between this case and the idea that God does not ... read more »

Faith-Based Bathing — A Friendly Review

Christianity Today is probably the most popular journal in the protestant religious community. The magazine was founded by Billy Graham in 1956, and more than 100,000 copies of the journal are distributed each month. At times the magazine has some very good articles; on other occasions, it seriously is at variance with the Scriptures. The periodical has a regular feature ... read more »

The Dynamics of the Doxology

The term "doxology" derives from two Greek words, doxa, signifying "praise, honor, glory," and logos, "utterance." A doxology then, is a brief expression of praise. It has been more formally defined in the following way. "The name is given to brief forms of praise to God (or to Christ, or to the Trinity), the models of which were taken over ... read more »