In continuing our discussion on church discipline which was started in the last issue, we should address a very pertinent question: who exactly should be disciplined? In answering this question, it must first be said that it must be those who sin. Jesus started his teaching about discipline within the church by stating, “If your… Read More More Thoughts on Church Discipline — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: October, 2022)
The Bible is a book of controversies. Sometimes it contains examples of disputes, such as Jesus’ discussions with the religious elite of his day (e.g., Mark 2:1-3:6); at other times, it generates them among modern readers. One of the more interesting conversations about Scripture regards the theological consistency between its authors. Some biblical authors explore… Read More Jesus Vs. Paul — Dewayne Bryant, Ph.D.
“And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Lk. 24:47). The apostles returned to Jerusalem (Acts 1:12). Thousands more would make the annual pilgrimage for the feast of Pentecost referred as “…devout men out of every nation under heaven” (Acts 2:5). Acts 2:9-11… Read More Applying “Social Media” — Jeff Archey
Most people who know the Bible are familiar with the 23rd Psalm. It is one of the most widely quoted Old Testament passages in the Christian religious world. Many preachers read or quote this Psalm in funeral settings. Sadly, that is where the text of this passage is most remembered—at the grave of a deceased… Read More Words of Encouragement — Johnny O. Trail
One of the many things that I appreciate about the Psalms is that because many of them are so short, they can be read and studied in one relatively short sitting. The average length of a Psalm is about seventeen words, but Psalm 15 is much shorter than that. Coming in at only five verses,… Read More “Who May Abide In Your Tent?” — Chase Green
In the fourth Psalm David said, “The Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself” (Ps. 4:3). It was good for David to remember that, for David was distress by his enemies. He said, “O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love… Read More “The Lord Has Set Apart The Godly Man” — Bill Boyd
“Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has.” Is that true? I saw a statement that read something like it on a church sign once, and I was able to trace it to this quote from Martin Luther.1 While Luther’s statement in context is not really about the danger of examining or thinking out one’s… Read More The Fate of Faith’s Enemies — Patrick Swayne
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers” (Ps. 1:1). So opens the longest book in the Old Testament and in the entire Bible, the Psalms. I find it fitting that this collection of divinely inspired… Read More Delight in the Law of the Lord — Jon Mitchell