“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 Appropriate in Preaching?

[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts page.] Introduction To the Corinthians Paul wrote: “For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; for woe is unto me, if I preach not the…

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…

“Spiritual” Adultery?

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles  page.]             Just when I think I have “heard it all,” something else comes along to prove otherwise. This is particularly true of the subject of marriage, divorce, and remarriage. The weird positions…

Liberalism and Anti-ism—Two Erroneous Extremes

[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts page.] Introduction History reveals that men are susceptible to extremes in almost every arena of thought and behavior. This is no more clearly demonstrable than in the field of religion. A classic illustration is seen…

On Wills and Codicils

[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our New Uploads page.] Men make their wills on the basis of information available to them at the time. Conditions sometimes change that merit a change in the will. If the changes are extensive, the will is usually…

Faithfulness and the Sermon on the Mount

[Note: This MS is available inlarger font on our Manuscripts page.] Introduction Christ does not require us to be rich, good-looking, multi-talented, socially-prominent, or formally-educated. There is one thing He requires of everyone of his servants: faithfulness.The faith has been “once for all delivered” into our…

Not or Now?

[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our New Uploads page.] Changing a single letter of a word can create a statement that directly contradicts the writer’s intended expression. To misspell not as now well illustrates this fact. It is bad enough to unwittingly make such an…

Fornication and Adultery

[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our New Uploads page.] Fornication and adultery were once, without hesitation, deemed “sinful”—forbidden by God and sources of shame and disgrace to the vast majority of US citizens. Lamentably, such behavior has become commonplace, promoted relentlessly by the…

Paul’s Public Rebuke of Cephas—Galatians 2:11–21

[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our New Uploads page.] Introduction Galatians 2:11–21 is a thought bridge. It is obvious from chapter 1:1–2:10 that two factors were at work among the churches of the region: (1) Paul’s apostolic credentials and authority had come under…