On October 2, 2019, the entire nation was shown what it means to let one’s light shine for Christ in what was the clearest and most powerful way I’ve ever seen in my adult life. Many are aware of the tragic story of Botham Jean, a citizen of God’s kingdom and member of the body… Read More What Botham Jean’s Brother Taught Me About Christianity — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: November/December, 2019)
The historical record has more than its fair share of falsehoods. One of the most famous—and pernicious—is the tale about George Washington cutting down the cherry tree, later confessing to the deed by saying, “I cannot tell a lie.” Another is the infamous Piltdown Man hoax, in which amateur geologist Charles Dawson claimed to discover… Read More Historical Myths Concerning Christianity — Dewayne Bryant, Ph.D.
Recently a preacher friend, after reading a couple of articles about millennials and their worship desires, noticed that one of the things millennials said they needed was “authentic worship.” Of course, that raised an interesting question that needed to be answered – “Does that mean worship now is not authentic?” The implication seems to be… Read More Authentic Worship — Scott Crawford
We are as young as the newly baptized middle-schooler and as old as the great-grandmother breathing her last breath. We are single, married, divorced, and widowed. We work tirelessly both at home and as waitresses, doctors, engineers, and day care workers. We are the women who have submitted ourselves to God’s service. We are the… Read More The Women of God — Tassie Smith
There is an obvious contrast between the ecclesiasticisms of modern religious groups and the simplicity of church government in Christ’s original plan. Solomon wrote: “Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions” (Eccl. 7:29). Though this observation can have broader application, it certainly fits… Read More Scriptural Points on Church Government — David R. Pharr
There is a sense in which our feelings are our friends. Fear can protect us from certain dangers or taking unnecessary chances. Crying can help us deal with loss, pain, and deep grief. Anger can even be a friend if it is righteous indignation. Consider all the wrongs that would go without a response if… Read More A Way That Seems Right About Salvation — Roger Leonard
Years ago my interest in golf was much more than it is now. I watched tournaments, news, reality shows, instructionals, and pretty much anything golf-related. I recall one segment featuring a golf coach touting game-improving tips and advice. He said something much more meaningful than just shooting lower scores in golf. “Feel isn’t real,” he… Read More A Way That Seems Right In Religion — Dustin Forthun