Cart Before the Horse

[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles page.]            Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16), identified both the “horse” and the “cart” in regard to the respective obligations of all mankind: Thou…

The Man to Whom the Lord Will Not Reckon Sin

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts  page.] Introduction The title of this chapter is taken from a declaration by Paul in Romans 4:6–8: Even as David also pronounceth blessing upon the man unto whom God reckoneth righteousness apart from works,…

Principles for Making Moral Decisions

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles  page.] Introduction          When we speak of “morals,” “morality,” and that which is “moral,” what do we mean? This family of English words is the transliteration of a Latin term, moralis, meaning “custom.”…

Another Response on Humanism.

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles  page.] How strange it is that those who pride themselves in being most liberal toward and tolerant of every philosophy, lifestyle, and religion can be exceedingly intolerant toward those whom they judge to…

“They Made Light of It”

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles  page.]             In a parable, Jesus depicted a king who made a feast for his son. When the servants went out with the invitation, the ones invited “made light of it” (Mat. 22:…

A Perpetual Pitfall of Preachers

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles  page.] Introduction I made my first miserable attempt at preaching a Gospel sermon in July 1954 to a Sunday evening assembly of the old Fourth and Bannock Streets Church in Boise, Idaho. My…

Heat and Light

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles               The winter season gives us vivid reminders of the need for heat. Without it we would freeze. The approaching darkness each evening reminds us of the need for light. Without light,…

The Heart or the Head?

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles   Heart in our title refers to feelings, (e.g., joy, sorrow, fear, anger, hate, love, et al.). Head refers to reasoned conclusions based on evidence. Bible students immediately recognize the validity of emotions…

Fools – Ancient and Modern

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles               In Romans 1:19–21, Paul, the irrepressible apostle of Christ, described the Atheists, Humanists, and Secularists of ages past, declaring of them, “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools” (v….

Ethics and Morals

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles               Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote the classic novel, The Brothers Karamazov. Whatever else might be said of Dostoyevsky, he grasped one of the essential implications of Atheism, Humanism, and Naturalism. He had…