Prayer from the Belly of a Fish

Jonah was the hesitant prophet. He had a hard time wanting the Ninevites to be saved. The Ninevites … [Continue Reading]

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Have You Been Vaccinated?

Russ Douthat, columnist for The New York Times, wrote a column last week in which he sought to … [Continue Reading]

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Five Great Lessons from the Book of Ezra

The late gospel preacher Frank Dunn, in his book Know Your Bible, noticed five great lessons from … [Continue Reading]

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Do Bible Topics Get Too Old?

Once in 1893, the great preacher and scholar, J.W. McGarvey, was preaching on baptism. ((McGarvey’s … [Continue Reading]

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God’s Compassion in the Old Testament

Some prominent figures in the history of philosophy, such as Hegel and Spinoza, have said roughly … [Continue Reading]

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Ignorance and Belief in Miracles

Christianity is a historical religion founded on supernatural events (Acts 2:22-24; 1 Corinthians … [Continue Reading]

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The Main Reason Why There Is No Racial Supremacy

In the wake of the senseless killing of nine church attendees in Charleston, South Carolina last … [Continue Reading]

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The Steroid Era and the Intrinsic Goods of the Game

I am primarily a basketball and football fan, but I have been watching Alex Rodriguez play baseball … [Continue Reading]

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Human Life Under Fire

In the Netherlands, euthanasia is a legal way for a person with a terminal physical illness to end … [Continue Reading]

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An Outdated Constitution

Imagine that anthropologists discovered a constitution put in place by a society that occupied our … [Continue Reading]

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There are No “Church of Christers,” and One Person is Not “a Church of Christ”

We must think and speak in biblical ways (Philippians 4:8; 1 Peter 4:11). One important instance of … [Continue Reading]

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Basketball, Brooklyn, Blatche, and the Bible

It seemed the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA were going to be one of the top teams in the Eastern … [Continue Reading]

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Walmart Hide and Seek

I used to dream of playing hide and seek in a huge store such as Walmart after all its employees … [Continue Reading]

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A Christian’s View of a “Christian Worldview”

I grew up hearing a lot of Bible-based sermons, but nothing about “worldviews”. I became a Christian … [Continue Reading]

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Movie Night: No Highway in the Sky

From time to time I will write articles here to discuss movies that promote Christian ideals in one … [Continue Reading]

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The Tragedy of Post-Christian Culture; The Opportunity of Pre-Christian Culture

I do not remember the first time I heard someone say that Western society represents a … [Continue Reading]

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The Case for the Christ: Resurrection and Jewish Transformation

While it is well known that people question the divinity of Jesus, ((E.g., “Jesus Seminar Phase 3: … [Continue Reading]

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Beer at the Games?

Every passage of the Bible that comments on intoxicating drink teaches that we should not drink it, … [Continue Reading]

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Plagiarism, for Dummies

The following is a one-man skit I performed in chapel at Faulkner University, probably in early … [Continue Reading]

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Something More than Christians?

Sometimes people will ask, “What are you, religiously?” One who follows the Bible may simply answer, … [Continue Reading]

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Chipotle v. Work

Christians must be constantly vigilant that they do not think as the enemies of the cross do. As the … [Continue Reading]

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Running From Repentance

In a society that is increasingly secular, there is pressure on Christendom to take the focus away … [Continue Reading]

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The Bible and Population Growth

For years there have been heated discussions about the Earth’s population. Some, like Paul Ehrlich … [Continue Reading]

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Aristotle and Linda Ronstadt on Earthly Honors

Sometimes a point is so obvious that people from extremely diverse backgrounds readily understand … [Continue Reading]

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Batman and Your Enemies

I enjoy studying about philosophy and about super heroes, and so I bought an appropriate book. It’s … [Continue Reading]

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God’s Morality and Ours

One of the challenges to biblical morality, and one which has spurred much interesting discussion in … [Continue Reading]

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That ‘Crazy’ Herschel Walker Trade

A new ESPN mini-documentary concerns the legendary Herschel Walker trade in NFL football. In October … [Continue Reading]

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The Bible and Doping in Sports

In sports there is sometimes a desire to win at practically all costs. Drugs employed by athletes … [Continue Reading]

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Movie Night: You Can’t Take it With You

In morality “plays” (whether on stage, in books, or on screen), we often are blessed by clear … [Continue Reading]

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A Pyramid Scheme

Those of us who are engaged the Restoration Movement are opposed to all man-made creeds and manuals … [Continue Reading]

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Four Generations

From time to time we see a photograph that pictures four generations of family members. These … [Continue Reading]

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Movie Night: Holiday

Contrary to what might seem obvious, many people get the blues around Christmastime not because they … [Continue Reading]

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A Tragic Anniversary, an Ongoing Holocaust

The word “holocaust” literally denotes a “situation in which many people are killed.” (("Holocaust," … [Continue Reading]

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Does God Have Free Will?

The Bible portrays God as having personal qualities that are both perfect and inalterable. ((Genesis … [Continue Reading]

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Watergate and Evidence for Christ’s Resurrection

Skeptics of Christianity must somehow explain the empty tomb without admitting that anything … [Continue Reading]

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The Real Solution to Gun Violence

In the wake of the recent shooting at Umpqua College, political pundits are discussing various … [Continue Reading]

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The Perfect Mediator

One of the sweetest words in the Bible surely is “reconciliation.” Paul wrote that “we also rejoice … [Continue Reading]

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Lot’s Choice

We are familiar with Lot’s decision to move to the valley of Sodom. After Lot’s uncle Abram gave him … [Continue Reading]

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The Kingdom in the Model Prayer

I have paragraph headings in my Bible, and the paragraph heading above Matthew 6:5-15 says, “The … [Continue Reading]

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“You Can’t Reason Anyone into the Kingdom”?

I recently saw a video in which a prominent New Testament Greek scholar, Dr. Bill Mounce, talks … [Continue Reading]

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What’s Wrong?

In articles about ethics, I will sometimes discuss what makes actions right or wrong. There is … [Continue Reading]

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Replacing God’s Words with Emoji?

At the end of May, a new Bible was published. It is called Bible Emoji: scripture 4 millenials. (The … [Continue Reading]

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It’s Your Choice, and It’s God’s Too

Christians often say things such as, “God is in control.” Certainly the Bible teaches that God is in … [Continue Reading]

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The Host of Heaven

The phrase “the host of heaven” occurs often in the Bible, mostly in the Old Testament. You will … [Continue Reading]

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What You Said When You Were Under

We can actually learn something from people who talk “out of their minds” when they are under the … [Continue Reading]

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Movie Night: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

German philosopher Immanuel Kant rightly observed that a human being cannot learn to practice … [Continue Reading]

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When Someone Hates God

A young man (call him Bob) has rejected Christianity in favor of a hatred of God. Bob does not … [Continue Reading]

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The Bible Versus Seventh-day Adventism

One of the leading candidates for President of the United States is a prominent member of the … [Continue Reading]

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Campbells on “Campbellites”

Members of the churches of Christ are often referred to as “Campbellites,” because two of the … [Continue Reading]

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Which Came First: Mother, or Baby?

Those who believe in the Darwinian theory of evolution believe that mankind is the result of a long … [Continue Reading]

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What Will Make Me Happy?

Everybody wants to be happy. The question is, “What will make a person happy?” The book of Ecclesiastes is remarkable because it provides a detailed account of a wealthy, powerful man pursuing various supposed means of becoming happy, or contented. Solomon tries every main category of secular pursuit. That is, he looks for happiness “under […]

The Leper’s Prayer

When we study the prayers of the Bible, we learn how to pray (and sometimes how not to pray). The case of the leper who came to Jesus is especially instructive: When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, […]

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“Until Shiloh Come”

In Genesis 49, we read where Jacob blessed his twelve sons and their families, and prophesied about what would happen to their families in the future. A very curious phrase occurs in verse 10 where Jacob says, in speaking about the heritage of one of his sons, says this: “The sceptre shall not depart from […]

The Kingdom in the Model Prayer

I have paragraph headings in my Bible, and the paragraph heading above Matthew 6:5-15 says, “The Lord’s Prayer.” This is misleading, for the prayer in the passage is a sample or model for prayer given from Jesus to his disciples, and not a prayer that Jesus prayed to the Father. (If you want to read […]

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