Thoughts on Easter

Hits: 22[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2 page.] The word Easter is the anglicized form of the name of a Teutonic mythical goddess, Esostre, Ostana, or Ostern,—the goddess of spring and the dawn. The venerable Bede (A.D. 673–735)…

To Eat or Not to Eat in the Church Building

Hits: 26[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2  page.] The apostolic church enjoyed common meals in their places of worship, and these meals were formally designated by the term, “love feasts” (or agapais in the Greek language). Jude 12 and 2…

Get Involved in Worship

Hits: 8[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] In recent years there has been considerable discussion among brethren about getting more people involved in worship. No one will question that anyone who pretends to be a servant of…

The Requirements of Scriptural Baptism

Hits: 9[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2  page.] For baptism to be what the Lord authorized and what the Scriptures teach, four requirements must be met. The right action is required. The consistent description of baptism in Scripture…

Reflections on the “Restoration Summit”

Hits: 22 [Note:  This MS is available in  larger font on our Manuscripts page.]   On August 7-9, 1984, a meeting billed as a “Restoration Summit” was conducted at Joplin, Missouri. The “Summit” was first conceived and suggested by brother Alan Cloyd of Nashville, Tennessee, in…

Surprising Things about the Church of Christ

Hits: 142[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts page.] Introduction People who are not familiar with the church of Christ frequently express surprise upon learning of some point of doctrine or some practice that is peculiar to it. When we produce…

Are Bible Examples Binding?

Hits: 49[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 History of “Anti-Ism” from the 19th Century to the Present

Hits: 84[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts page.] Introduction One of the unmistakable lessons of history is the tendency of men to engage in extremes of thought and practice.1 This fact is no more clearly demonstrated than in the field…

“Not Forsaking the Assembly…”

Hits: 51[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts page.] Introduction Brethren have some very unusual ideas about attending the assemblies of the saints. Many years ago, a member of the church where I preached at the time told me if I…

The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree—Luke 13:6–9

Hits: 16[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles  page.] Introduction And he spake this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit thereon, and found none. And he said unto the…