A Gracious Petition
In an earlier phase of his legal trial, some Christians had neglected to provide support for Paul. How did the noble apostle handle this lapse of courage?
A Skeptic Disputes the Resurrection of Christ
A former college professor has recently disputed the historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ. His comments are a good example of the weakness of skepticism’s case. In this article, Wayne Jackson reviews his assertions.
Was Matthew Mistaken in the “Nazarene” Prophecy?
Some allege that the apostle Matthew made a mistake when he attributed Jesus’ title, “Nazarene,” to Old Testament prophecy? Is there a possible solution to this enigma?
Is the Shroud of Turin Real or Fake?
The controversy concerning the so-called “Shroud of Turin” comes and goes. Is this piece of cloth, so venerated by the Roman Catholic Church, really the burial shroud of Jesus?
The Pain of Lingering Regrets
Every sensitive soul is troubled from time to time by regrets that linger regarding past deeds in his life. There is a wrong way and a right way to deal with regret. Think about this matter with us in this week’s Penpoints article.
What About Social Drinking and the Old Testament?
Does the Old Testament provide precedent for “social” drinking today?
The Jesus Seminar Strikes Again
The Jesus Seminar is a panel of liberal theologians who have commissioned themselves for a cut-and-paste job on the text of the New Testament.
One of Paul’s Final Prayers
In one of his final prayers, Paul prayed for those who had neglected him. What can we learn from this selfless act?
Do the Dead Observe Earth’s Activities?
Are dead people able to view the activities of their loved ones who are still alive?
Principles of Bible Prophecy
The study of prophecy is one of the truly challenging, yet rewarding, areas of biblical investigation. It is also a theme that is grossly abused. In this article, we propose to examine some of the principles governing Bible prophecy.
Who Was the Good Samaritan?
The parable of the “good Samaritan” has echoed down the corridors of time for the past 2,000 years. What makes it so memorable?
John 11:3,5 – Jesus, Lazarus, and Agape Love
The account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead helps us to understand the significance of agape love.
The Assault upon Mark 16:16
The denominational community has long assaulted Mark 16:16 due to the simplicity of the passage in including baptism as a preliminary condition of salvation. Now, such attacks are coming even from certain “change agents” within the body of Christ. This article highlights one such recent effort.
The Tamar Case: A Precedent for Christians?
Are extraordinary methods for achieving pregnancy, e.g., artificial insemination by a third party donor, ethically permissible? Some contend that “how” a woman achieves pregnancy is not a material issue. The Old Testament case of Tamar is even employed as proof. What does the evidence really show?
The Code of Hammurabi
The discovery of the Code of Hammurabi reveals several interesting ideas when compared to the Law of Moses.
What Does “Amen” Mean?
Occasionally, while the preacher is presenting a lesson, someone in the audience will say, “Amen.” Is this practice in keeping with the Bible? If so, what does “Amen” mean?
Matthew Henry: Commentator for the Common Person
Matthew Henry’s commentaries on the Bible have been popular for some three centuries. They provide devotional material that refreshes the spirit. The Bible student may wish to know something of Henry’s background.
What About John’s “Ridiculous” Statement?
Is there a reasonable explanation for John’s statement that the deeds of Christ could not fit into all of the world’s books (Jn. 21:25)?
Why People Believe in Evolution
People do not believe in evolution because they have been led there by solid evidence. They are stampeded into the Darwinian community by superficial, emotional, and personal factors.
The Rationale for Evaluating Political Leaders
By what standard should one evaluate a political leader? Does the Bible shed any light on this question?