“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…

Grace and Moser—”Misunderstood”?

[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our New Uploads page.] Introduction             On March 3, 2010, I delivered a lecture on the closing night of the Spring, Texas, Contending for the Faith Lectureship. The lectureship was devoted to reviewing books (in one case, a…

Baptism and Jesus’ Blood

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles  page.] Those who teach and practice the New Testament doctrine concerning baptism in God’s plan of salvation have been accused of teaching “water salvation.” Acts 22:16 may elicit this accusation more often than…

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…

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,…

Respecting the Silence of Scripture

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts  page.] Introduction             Some 3,500 years ago, Moses explained the tragic enslavement of Israel in Egypt in a single, succinct statement: “Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who knew not Joseph” (Exo….

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…

Are Bible Examples Binding?

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts  page Introduction The question of the title above is actually asking: “Are Bible Examples Binding on Mankind Today?” This question suggests at least the following additional questions: Are all Bible examples binding today? Are…