The Church and the COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic

[Note: This MS is available in  larger font on our New Uploads page.] As some have probably learned from visiting various church Websites, our brethren are responding in different ways to the current COVID–19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic. Some have canceled Wednesday night meetings while continuing all Sunday…

An Abomination to God

[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles  page.] On one occasion when Jesus was warning His disciples about the peril of riches and materialism, the money-loving Pharisees heard His teaching and ridiculed Him: And he said unto them, Ye are…

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…

“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 Difference Between the Lord’s Church and the Religions of Men

[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts page.] Introduction             Let us begin by defining some of the terms in this chapter’s title: The Lord’s church: By the Lord, I refer to the Lord Jesus Christ, Whom God the Father acknowledged as…

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….

Exposition of Acts 2:29-36

[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 to…

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…