October 24, 2017

Making Excuses

Don Johnson Lately, a fair number of folks in my circle of friends[1] are passing along an article at Christianity Today, “Why Christians Should Avoid Watching Rape Scenes.” The article takes as strong a stand as CT is ever wont to take, which is to say, they nuance their objections. Apparently other recent articles also […]

Behaving Properly (2) – Specific Application

Don Johnson Behaving Properly Part One is here. In our first article on this subject, I closed with these words: “The concept is this: God’s will as expressed in Scripture has a wider and deeper application/implication than mere surface understanding suggests. We are called to think and live the spirit and intent of Scripture, even […]

Behaving Properly: General Principles (1)

Don Johnson We find the topic of personal standards of holiness under continual attack in modern Christianity. What amazes us is that many otherwise conservative believers either directly or tacitly endorse behaviour that would shock previous generations of Christians. We wonder, what kind of church will be left for our children and grandchildren in days […]

Keep Your Family in a Bible-Preaching Church

John Vaughn Several issues ago, Dr. Mark Minnick featured an article about the importance of preaching on preaching. That article really spoke to my heart so I prepared a sermon for my people called, “The Importance of Preaching.” Dr. Bell heard me preach it at an FBFI meeting in Puerto Rico, and asked me to […]

Preach-ing or Preach-er? (3)

Mark Minnick Part One • Part Two • This is Part Three In part One, Dr. Minnick urges on us the notion that preachers who live their message have more power for spiritual influence than men who are more gifted and skilled in speaking without the power of the devoted life. In part Two, he […]

Preach-ing or Preach-er? (2)

Mark Minnick Part One • This is Part Two • Part Three In part One, Dr. Minnick urges on us the notion that preachers who live their message have more power for spiritual influence than men who are more gifted and skilled in speaking without the power of the devoted life. In this second part, […]

Preach-ing or Preach-er? (1)

Mark Minnick This is Part One • Part Two • Part Three It’s not my title. I’m borrowing it from William Quayle, pastor of large congregations in Kansas City, Indianapolis, and Chicago over a period of 30 years (1894–1925). Out of that extended, varied experience Quayle proposed something that every preacher sensitive to the state […]

In Pursuit of Noah’s Faith

Layton Talbert The “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11 displays the radiance and reality of faith through the stained-glass portrayals of real men and women, exhibiting what faith looks like as it is fleshed out in the choices and actions of those men and women. But how do we cultivate that kind of faith? The […]

Challenges Facing Fundamentalism in the New Millennium

James Singleton These words were published almost thirteen years ago. Their insight into the signs of the times are worth reading again. It was said that Rip Van Winkle slept through the American Revolution. Today we face a cultural crisis that began in the last few decades of the 20th century and will probably continue […]

Windows: Developing Spiritual Muscles

Dave Pennington Hardly a day goes by for the average individual without at least some emphasis upon health needs. Exercise, vitamins, and healthy food help develop and maintain good physical condition. Certainly such personal choices should be commended. How much more commendable it is when God’s people develop and maintain spiritual disciplines. For “bodily exercise” […]