Alexander Campbell’s Bible pt. 2

Alexander Campbell, like all Protestants, believed the Bible was the only authority for Christian teaching and practice. Yet he also believed that the King James Version universally accepted among English speakers had lots of problems—problems that were potential obstacles to his reform. In two Charis lectures Douglas Foster, author of a forthcoming (Eerdmans…

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Author: Adams Center for Teaching and Learning Publish Date: October 29, 2018

Righteous Anger?

Is it good or bad to be mad? It’s bad, right? Anger is bad. Always. Paul says, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” (Eph 4:31, emphasis added). He says get rid of it all … not most of it. Not the worst…

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Author: Eric Gentry Publish Date: September 14, 2018

Preachers and Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

I want to take a preaching seminar under the tutelage of Jerry Seinfeld. I’m sure that won’t fly with accreditation, and I doubt Jerry would be interested, but I’m convinced if such a seminar existed my preaching would benefit. I’ve been watching the Netflix show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and I got…

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Author: Chess Cavitt Publish Date: September 12, 2018

Called Out of Nothingness

Very few would dispute that God has a history of using the most unlikely of suspects. Perhaps that is because of the humility resulting from their respective situations. Maybe it is because by using such people God’s action is more clearly recognized as just that: God’s action.

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Author: Justin Simmons Publish Date: September 10, 2018

Jesus’s 12 Rules for Life (Part 1)

Rules. Like them or hate them, we have them. Some of us struggle with them. Some of us thrive under them. Some are rule-followers. Some make a life and a career out of breaking them. Some of us can’t drive 55. Others take the bus. One of the more interesting things, however, about…

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Author: Adam Daniels Publish Date: September 4, 2018

Can We Talk?

Can we talk? I don’t know. Can we? Hold on to the question. As the self-appointed communication evangelist, my prayer is that God uses me to help people talk to each other. As I travel all over the country as a communication trainer, serve on a church staff, and live and breathe my…

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Author: Amanda Box Publish Date: September 3, 2018

Five Reasons the Church Should Support Recovery Groups

On January 1, 2018, the West-Ark congregation realized a vision we had worked toward for over a decade. We began our Celebrate Recovery program that night. Eight months into the process, this program has blessed me and has been an opportunity to minister to other in Christ’s name. Charles Siburt was the first…

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Author: Chris Benjamin Publish Date: August 31, 2018

Why the Church Needs Feminism, Part 6

From Part 5: I cannot begin to emphasize the importance of this concept. We are losing people to Christ over the way we deal with these things, and our attitude toward survivors and women is creating a major spiritual crisis. — When Churches Harbor Instead of Heal, and Other Destructive Tendencies We hear…

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Author: Kaitlin Shetler Publish Date: August 29, 2018

Small Churches and Abilene Christian University Summit

I first attended Abilene Christian University Lectureship when I was a freshman Bible major in February 1986. This was back in the days when they still put up the big tent on the other side of Edwards Dormitory, my home for two years. The tent was a place for seeing the booths of…

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Author: Shawn D. Johnson Publish Date: August 27, 2018

Seeing with Godly Eyes: Part 2

Three years ago, Megan and I bought a cute little house. It is three bedrooms, it’s got an open floorplan that my wife adores with a large kitchen and family area. It had a great yard for the kids, and plenty of space for our growing family. We loved the colors, the layout,…

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Author: Daniel McGraw Publish Date: August 22, 2018


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