The Place of Sincerity in Religion—No. 2

Visits: 28[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles-2 page.]             God despises hypocrisy, which is the equivalent of insincerity (Mat. 24:51). But does He require anything more than sincerity? What about the familiar phrase: “It makes no difference what you…

The Place of Sincerity in Religion—No. 1

Visits: 22[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles-2 page.   There are three positions taken on this subject: Some people believe sincerity is all important as indicated by the familiar statement, “It makes no difference what you believe as long…

Sin—the Greatest Hypocrite

Visits: 30[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2 page.] In Hebrews 3:13, the Bible speaks of the “deceitfulness of sin” To be deceitful is to give a false impression by appearance, direct statement, or influence. Sin is never honest. It…

Unity in (Spite of) Diversity

Visits: 34[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles page.] Introduction Was a renewed and intensified “unity” initiative with the Independent Christian Church (ICC) underway? Abilene Christian University had an ICC preacher on its lectureship a few years earlier. The Tulsa…

The Qualifications of Deacons and Behavior in the Church— 1 Timothy 3:8–16

Visits: 48[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts page.] Introduction Several words are used in the Greek New Testament, which are translated by the English word servant.1 Three major types of servitude may be distinguished among these terms. One of these…

A Salute to the Faithful

Visits: 26[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] It is easy to get “bogged down” in our evaluations of things that surround us. It seems at times that most of our elected officials are dishonest and self-seeking. While some…

The Older I Get

Visits: 20[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2 page.] Growing older has its disadvantages. Someone has quipped that it’s better than the alternative, even so. Now, I don’t consider myself to be elderly yet, by a long shot. In…

What Kind of Light?

Visits: 6[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 3  page.] Paul described the Philippians as “lights in the world” in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation (Phi. 2:15). In Paul’s time I suppose there was only one kind…

On Ignoring “Issues”

Visits: 29[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1  page.] There is a rather persistent cry being made by some members of the church that preachers and writers should not bother the brethren with all of the “issues.” I have…

The Barren Fig Tree Cursed and Withered—Mark 11:12-25

Visits: 19[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2 page.] Introduction When Jesus cursed the fig tree on the way to Jerusalem from Bethany it appears that his principal intent was to demonstrate God’s judgment upon fruitlessness and hypocrisy, especially…