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 Principle of “Ought”

[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles page.]             Believers can’t deny that some who claim to be “Christians” are odd (said oddities occurring not because of, but in spite of the Bible). Believers don’t have a patent on oddness, however….

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…

The Responsibility of Elders and Deacons to Keep the “Unity of the Spirit”

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts  page.] Introduction More than any other group of men, whether considered on a congregational basis or in the church as a whole, elders are in a position to promote and preserve the pure faith…

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 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,…

“Take Heed to the Ministry…”

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts  page.] Introduction Paul wrote the exhortation contained in the title above to Archippus, a member of the Colossian Congregation. Ministry is from a cognate of the Greek word from which translators gave us deacon….

The Christian and Persecution

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts  page.] Introduction Life is a testing ground, a time of probation. The tests, trials, temptations, and challenges come in many forms and from many sources. Some are easily recognized because they are so painful…

Life Begins at Conception—So Abortion Is Murder

[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our New Uploads page.] January 22 marks the forty-seventh anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. In that span 61,670,000 totally innocent, helpless human beings have been slain in the womb in the birth process,…

Some Commonly Misapplied Scriptures

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts  page.] Introduction             The goal of honest and earnest Bible students is to ascertain what the Scriptures actually teach. It must always be our desire to make sure that we are not drawn too…