Unity in (Spite of) Diversity

Hits: 13[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…

Jeremiah—God’s Humble, Faithful Prophet

Hits: 34[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles page.] Introduction To learn the way God measures preachers and preaching we need to return repeatedly to the faithful prophets as our models. There is no nobler model than Jeremiah in the…

Does God Really Answer Prayer?

Hits: 25[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts page.] Introduction Is everything that happens to each one of us determined by the positions of the heavenly bodies (Astrology)? Is everything that occurs to us predetermined, foreordained by God (Determinism, Calvinism)? Is…

“It Is Finished”

Hits: 21[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] Following are some personal observations on John 19:23–52: What a mystery to men that God could see hundreds of years down the stream of time and know what men were…

Elders and the Unruly

Hits: 16[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] There are three key passages of Scripture that place the responsibility of local church discipline upon the elders. In Acts 20:28–31 Paul tells elders to take heed to the flock,…

The Value of Woman and How God Has Used Her in the Past

Hits: 12[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles page.] Introduction From the beginning of humanity God has placed a great value upon woman. He made her originally to be the “help meet [suitable, fitting]” for man (Gen. 2:18–25). Her appearance was…

Symptoms and Causes

Hits: 13[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2  page.] It is universally accepted that in the practice of medicine it is both wiser and more effective to treat the cause of a disease rather than merely treating the symptoms….

The Pattern for Our Life

Hits: 2[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2 page.]         Luke tells us more about the first 30 years of Jesus’ earthly life than the other three who wrote about His life. Even with what Luke tells us we still…

Respecting Authority— A Basic Principle

Hits: 11[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2 page.] In every system there is a basic, nucleus principle that determines the spirit and operation of the whole. In God’s plan for man, the basic principle is respect for and…

Sin: No Laughing Matter

Hits: 15[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2 page.] Our world thinks sin is hilarious. The formerly suggestive lines and scenes in movies and TV have given way to the explicit. The dirty joke and four-letter vocabulary are sources…