We like traditions. They remind us of the past and give us a sense of having a distinctive place in history. We become custodians of the cultural treasures passed down from previous generations, making us a vital link between the past and future. Traditions give us a shared identity and a sense of value. Maintaining… Read More The Difference Between Truth And Tradition — Dewayne Bryant, Ph.D.
Think back to your high school days and recall things that were important. As teenagers, it seems so important to feel like you fit in and belong. You want to be fashionable, drive a cool car, be invited to parties, make the right grades, be a part of extracurricular activities such as sports or drama,… Read More We Are Significant In Christ — Samantha Harvey
In 1978 John Conlee released a song called Rose Colored Glasses. The chorus says, “But these rose colored glasses/That I’m looking through/Show only the beauty/’Cause they hide all the truth.” John Conlee’s choice of words is very interesting. Instead of saying that the rose colored glasses hide all the bad, he chose to say that… Read More God’s Equipoise — Steve Vice
Editor’s Note: Last year these four brothers in Christ co-wrote a book titled, It’s There in Black and White: Scriptural Answers to 37 Questions People Are Asking about Racial Tension in the Church. Recognizing its relevancy in the times in which we live, I read the book and was glad I did. The insights laid… Read More It’s There in Black and White: A Conversation with Glenn Colley, Ben Giselbach, Hiram Kemp, and Melvin Otey
While I cherish the death of my Lord for me, I am too often reluctant to die to myself for Him. The problem is that it is not enough to accept Christ’s cross while rejecting the cross to which I am called. Consider this with me. During His earthly ministry, Jesus made it plain that… Read More Dying To Self — Robert Hatfield
The majority of the editorials in the Carolina Messenger this year have studied various aspects of what the Bible teaches about government and governing authorities. As we close out the year, we come to the often-controversial question of whether governments have a divine right to wage war. The numerous and various atrocities committed by man… Read More What Does The Bible Teach About War? — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: November/December, 2020)
The resurrection of Jesus is one of the central tenets of Christianity. The apostle Paul ties it to the saving work of Christ (1 Cor. 15:14, 17) and includes it as a non-negotiable aspect of the Christian faith (1 Cor. 15:3). It plays a part in the life of every Christian because Jesus’ resurrection is… Read More The Historicity Of The Resurrection — Dewayne Bryant, Ph.D.
The human body basically runs on electricity. The food we eat contains electrolytes (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, etc.), and the water we drink helps them pump in and out of cells constantly, allowing electricity to run through the body powering muscles and nerves. Without these, our bodies would not be able to function. We have… Read More Women Of The Bible: Lydia — Samantha Harvey
Coming out of Romans 11 into chapter 12 is the idea that through God all men can be united. He has made all. He has had mercy upon all. He has not set one man to be of greater worth than another. Therefore, when we come to Christ we transform! The old man of sin… Read More The Character Of A Transformed Man — Travis Main
Paul wrote, “Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying” (Rom. 12:12, CEV). March 31, 2013 is a date my family will never forget. It was the beginning date for an unrelenting storm over my family and me. While teaching my Sunday morning Bible class, I was… Read More Finding Joy In Storms — Jesse Tubbs
We throw the term “love” around a lot. “I love pizza!” “What do I think of that one ride at Six Flags? Oh, I just love it!” Even Christians at times, with a greater understanding of what biblical love actually is, can still use the term loosely in a manner not quite fitting its definition. … Read More Let Love Be Genuine — Jon Mitchell
The apostle Paul wrote, “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all… Read More Our Role In The Church — Steve Miller
People are created to be social beings. In the beginning, God created Adam and said, “It is not good that man should be alone…” (Gen. 2:18). God then created Eve to be a companion and a mate for Adam. Inherent in this statement made by God is the understanding that people are dependent on the… Read More Conformed Or Transformed? — Michael Grooms
Perhaps idolatry is one of those sins easily dismissed by the modern Christian as something limited to the ancient past of the Bible and not prevalent in twenty-first century America. After all, we don’t see people bowing to statues of pagan gods on every street corner as we read of in the Bible. Due to… Read More The Reality and Danger of Political Idolatry — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: October, 2020)
Suffering is all around us. We see it in new parents who ask why their child has been born with a congenital disability. We find it in patients who have just been diagnosed with a terminal illness that guarantees their last weeks on earth will be filled with agony. It is in the eyes of… Read More The Problem Of Evil And Suffering — Dewayne Bryant, Ph.D.
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but I also believe the reverse to be true. Well written words can paint a clear picture. While we do not have a plethora of words detailing the life of Miriam, the Bible includes enough words that allow us to paint an insightful picture… Read More Women Of The Bible: Miriam — Samantha Harvey
The Bible is full of individuals who are known for their rich faith in God. Hebrews 11 is what many of us refer to as the “Faith Chapter” or the “Hall of Faith.” The Hebrew author by way of the Holy Spirit takes us on a tour of a Who’s Who when it comes to… Read More The Faith Of Moses — Drew Milligan