Purposes of Miracles

Hits: 2[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles  page.] Why did God empower men in the first century to work miracles? One of the Biblical words for “miracle” (semeion) provides a clue. This word connotes an act that is beyond…

“Is That All There Is?”

Hits: 2[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles  page.] Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller wrote a song thus titled, and Peggy Lee made a hit recording of it in 1969. Its lyrics somewhat reflected the cynicism and cultural breakdown our…

Impartation of Spiritual Gifts

Hits: 3[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles  page.] In 1 Corinthians 12:8–10, Paul listed nine miraculous “manifestations” of the Spirit. These gifts were scattered among various members, with some apparently receiving no gift at all (vv. 28–30). Since possession…

Have Miracles Ceased?

Hits: 1 [Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles  page.] Many modern religionists claim the power to perform the same miracles and signs as those recorded in the Bible. Claiming and doing are two different things. Anyone can make claims and…

All or None

Hits: 5[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles  page.] In an article on OneNewsNow.com, Peter Heck reviewed recent statements by Rob Bell, identified with “the hipster emerging church movement.” Heck discussed Bell’s suggestion of universal salvation, which implies a denial…

Early Postmodernism

Hits: 5[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles  page.] “Postmodernism” is the ascendant philosophy. To mention postmodernism implies its antecedent, modernism. Modernism attempts to explain all things by nature. It arose in 19th-century Germany, about the time Darwin published his…

Exposition of Acts 2:29-36

Hits: 27[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…

Are Bible Examples Binding?

Hits: 35[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?…

A Primer on the Meaning of Faith

Hits: 29[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles  page.] Introduction  There is hardly a more important subject for mankind to contemplate—and understand— than that of faith. It is a subject (and word) that men widely abuse and misuse. This misunderstanding…