Rebellion Against Authority

Hits: 9[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our New Uploads page.]             The challenges of recent decades to authority in home, school, marketplace, and military were bound to have their parallels in religion. The very foundation of pontifical authority in Roman Catholicism…

Preaching to Needs

Hits: 11[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our New Uploads page.] The ideal sermon deals with the needs of those in the pew. The unending quest of those who preach must be to find the real needs of people and meet them…

The Oak Hills Church of Lucado

Hits: 48[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles page.] It was a long time coming. Oak Hills “Church of Christ,” San Antonio, Texas, is no more. No, it did not close its doors (unfortunately). It will now be just “Oak…

Unity in (Spite of) Diversity

Hits: 14[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…

A Sad Story That Hits “Close to Home”

Hits: 14[Note: This MS is available in a larger font on our Brief Articles 1  page.] I spent 8 years of my youth (1946–1953) in the small central town of Burnet, Texas. My father preached for the faithful congregation there the first 4 of those years…

On Bidding God Speed—No. 2

Hits: 15[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.]           The apostle John clearly warned about complicity with false teachers: “For he that biddeth him God speed is apartaker of his evil deeds” (2 John 9). This includes offering support,…

Do We Realize What We Have?

Hits: 13[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] One of the greatest advantages that a person can be given in life is to be trained from birth as a child of God. Surely those of us who have…

God’s “Ecumenical Movement”

Hits: 24[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles page. Introduction For perhaps hundreds of years, the masses of Christendom and its leaders have lauded religious diversity. Most of us have been present where prayers of thanksgiving were offered for the…

On Bidding God Speed—No. 1

Hits: 72[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] John wrote words of stern warning in 2 John 9: “For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” John was warning about our attitude toward…

Elders Are Not “Lords Over” the Local Church

Hits: 25[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] Every context in the New Testament having to do with the responsibilities of elders of the church speaks of the authority of the eldership. This is plain enough in the…