When Goodness Is as the Morning Dew
The prophet Hosea described ancient Israel’s goodness as like the morning dew. What did he mean by this strange analogy?
The Music-Authority Issue—Again
In response to a recent article in which we argued that instrumental music in Christian worship is without divine authority, a critic replied by suggesting that we practice many things in Christianity that are bereft of authority. One example he cited was the use of Bible translations. In this week’s Penpoints, we refute this baseless quibble.
Is the Abolition of the Ten Commandments Ridiculous?
Sabbatarians contend that all of the Ten Commandments are binding today, including the requirement to “keep the Sabbath day holy.” They allege that if one argues that the Ten Commandments were abolished when Christ died, this would license all sorts of evil today. Is this argument sound? Wayne Jackson addresses this in this Q&A segment.
May a Christian Address Christ in Praise or Prayer?
Some sincere Christians contend that the child of God may not address Christ, either in praise or through prayer. Will this case stand in the light of critical investigation? Carefully study this issue with us.
The Influence of Modern Trends on the Church
Is new always better than old? Not always. Some modern trends have had a negative impact on the church.
Are Choirs and Solos Authorized for the Church Assembly?
Is performance singing with praise teams, choirs or solos acceptable in the worship of Christ’s assembly? What are the arguments for and against this modern movement?
The Silence of the Scriptures: Permissive or Prohibitive?
Some allege that whatever is not expressly forbidden is allowed in religious practice. Others contend that anything not authorized is not permitted. Is there any validity to the argument from silence?
What About a Saturday night Observance of the Lord’s Supper?
Is a Saturday-night observance of the Lord’s Supper just as good as observing it on the Lord’s Day?
What About “Local” Church Membership?
Is it necessary to be a member of a local church?
2 Timothy 1:13 – The Pattern of Sound Words
Some openly repudiate what they call “pattern theology.” The apostle Paul, however, did not.
The Bible Doesn’t Say, “Don’t Do It,” Does It?
Must the Bible explicitly condemn something to make it wrong?
The Emerging Church Movement—The New Face of Heresy
Is Christianity Polytheistic?
How is Christianity different than religions that worship several gods?
To What Law Were the Ancient Gentiles Accountable?
The Jews of the Old Testament regime were responsible to the law of Moses. But what law were the Gentiles under? This is a question that perplexes many Bible students.
An Amazing Text of Prophecy and Providence
In the book of Exodus, there is a text that is thrilling beyond words to express. It contains prophecies of Israel’s future, and a promise of providence that is utterly baffling. Study this passage with us in this week’s Penpoints.
In Christ – Neither Male nor Female
In his letter to the Galatians Paul wrote that “in Christ” there is neither “male nor female.” Does this mean that for Christians all gender distinctions have been abolished?
The New Testament Pattern of Giving
Are there any binding ordinances for Christian giving in the New Testament?
Abel Still Speaks, But Are We Listening?
The writer of the book of Hebrews says that Abel, the first murder victim, is yet speaking. What is he saying? Are we listening?
Did Jesus Christ Exist in the Form of God on Earth?
Was Jesus fully God or less than fully God while he was on the earth?
A Simple Study of the Word “Must”
Words are vehicles of information; even the smallest words can be packed with meaning. Such is the case with the term “must.” Often overlooked; more often ignored, this important word must be studied carefully.