The apostle Peter recognized the great necessity of Christians being “stir(red)…up by way of reminder” (2 Pet. 1:12-13, 15; 3:1-2). Along these lines, this preacher believes there are a few topics which should be preached and taught from once to several times a year. Withdrawing of fellowship, commonly known as church discipline, is one of… Read More Some Thoughts on Church Discipline — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: May/June, 2021)
There are few issues in American society today more volatile than those dealing with human sexuality. Anyone looking at our culture with an objective eye would be right to conclude that sexual mores are in a virtual free fall. Topics like homosexuality, transgenderism, and pansexualism dominate everything from Facebook posts and tweets from celebrities to… Read More Is Homosexuality Hereditary or a Choice? — Dewayne Bryant, Ph.D.
Born in 1829, Priscilla Jane Owens spent her entire life in Baltimore, Maryland. She not only dedicated nearly a half century of her life to teaching public school, she taught Sunday school as well. But what we know of her talents lie in the hymns she wrote. While most of her hymns were written for… Read More We Are Secure In Christ — Samantha Harvey
Biblical hermeneutics is the study of the principles or methods of interpretation concerning the biblical text. Many of us who preach “cut our teeth” on a book entitled Hermeneutics by D.R. Dungan. In the field of hermeneutics, emphasis is placed upon employing the best method of interpretation concerning a particular text. The reason for this… Read More The Perfect Hermeneutic — Barry Grider
The Holy Spirit is a person of the Godhead. He is one with the Father and the Son (1 John 5:7). He is a powerful force that was, in the beginning, a part of creation (Gen. 1:2) and has been active in the development of God’s scheme of redemption in both the Old Testament and… Read More Does The Holy Spirit Make Me Understand The Bible? — Michael Grooms
The original languages of the Scriptures were intended to be read and understood by people of average education and intelligence. Most words should be understood according to their ordinary meaning at the time they were written. Legitimate interpretation is discovering what was intended by the writer, not what we think he should have meant. Ordinarily… Read More Literal And Figurative Language in the Bible — David R. Pharr
In aviation, attitude is the inclination of the three principal axes of an aircraft relative to a horizontal plane. Simply stated, the idea is that you want to be flying horizontally if you are going to fly at all. In Bible study, we want to be studying relative to a fixed Christlike position or “attitude.”… Read More How To Study The Bible With The Right Attitude — Edwin Jones
Superior to any other book, the Bible informs us of humanity’s origin, history, present condition, and distinct destinies. It is our Creator’s complete, fully inspired message regarding our need for salvation and purpose of righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Therefore, our copy of the Bible is our most valuable, tangible possession. Careful study of it becomes… Read More The Bible Is Its Best Commentary — Michael Farris