“Relationship, Not Religion”

[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles page.] Some time ago a denomination in Dallas, Texas, advertised its aim as “relationship, not religion.” When I read it, I thought, “At last, truth in advertising!” Actually, most of the religious groups…

What is the Restoration Principle and Is It Scriptural?

[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts page.] Introduction Our title is composed of two questions. The first of these seeks definition of the “restoration principle.” Permit me to illustrate this definition by means of an automobile “allegory.” Automobiles have intrigued me…

The Difference Between the Lord’s Church and the Religions of Men

[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts page.] Introduction             Let us begin by defining some of the terms in this chapter’s title: The Lord’s church: By the Lord, I refer to the Lord Jesus Christ, Whom God the Father acknowledged as…

Exposition of Acts 2:29-36

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts  page.] Introduction             The Bible contains numerous outstanding sermons or at least briefs thereof. The minds of Bible students immediately go to the Lord’s “Sermon on the Mount,” Peter’s Pentecost sermon, Stephen’s oration to…

Brief Surveys of Some New Testament Epistles

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts  page.] Introduction The following brief introductions to and surveys of 2 Corinthians–Colossians are part of the book, A Bible Handbook—Authored by Preachers in the Churches of Christ, edited by Jerry Moffitt. Bible students will…

God Hath Spoken the Living Word

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts  page.] Introduction From his Roman prison cell, Paul wrote concerning the Gospel, “Wherein I suffer hardship unto bonds, as a malefactor; but the Word of God is not bound” (2 Tim. 2:9). Paul thus…

Whatever Happened to the “First Principles”?

[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles page.] To speak of “first principles” in any field of endeavor is to speak of things basic, elementary, fundamental, and rudimentary. The Hebrews writer referred to “the rudiments of the first principles of the…

Roman Catholicism —Lest We Forget…

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles  page.] Introduction The news media gave wall-to-wall coverage to the illness and recent death (April 2, 2005) of John Paul II, the Roman Catholic Pontiff. I do not recall hearing anything, whether from…

Shall We Surrender the Scriptural Purpose of Baptism?

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles  page. The subject of the one age-lasting baptism (Eph. 4:5; Mat. 28:19–20) has stirred discussion and controversy for centuries. Men have hotly contested various facets of the subject in countless conversations and thousands…

Respect for Authority

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles  page.]             In every system there is a basic, core principle that largely determines the nature and operation of the whole. In the business world, the guiding principle is to turn a…