Nine Key Characteristics of Faith

1)  The characteristic of biblical faith by definition is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. If faith, therefore, is a substance, that means that it is tangible matter; a real thing. It is the Read More …

MY BROTHER OR ME?

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Questionable Things

Lesson 3 Romans 14:1-23 BACKGROUND In the local church at Rome, there was a small group, probably Gentiles, who had come to the conclusion that there was something religiously wrong with eating meat and drinking wine. Apparently they had moved Read More …

BASIC PRINCIPLES

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Questionable Things

This past week, while doing some research, I ran across a lesson series called “Questionable Things” by Dr. Jack Arnold. The series takes an in-depth look at those actions, when taken by a Christian, may be questionable as to whether Read More …

WHY MISSIONARY AND NOT “OMISIONARY”

This entry is part 16 of 19 in the series Baptist Why & Why Not

By Rev. Curtis Lee Laws Pastor First Baptist Church Baltimore, Maryland   I am debtor both to the Greeks and to the Barbarians; both to the wise and to the unwise. So as much as in me is, I am Read More …

WHY CLOSE COMMUNION AND NOT OPEN COMMUNION

This entry is part 12 of 19 in the series Baptist Why & Why Not

By O. L. Hailey, D. D. Editor Arkansas Baptist Little Rock, Arkansas Then they that gladly received his word were baptized; and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the Read More …

WHY BAPTISM AS SYMBOL AND NOT A SAVING ORDINANCE

This entry is part 11 of 19 in the series Baptist Why & Why Not

By J. B. Moody, D. D. Pastor First Baptist Church. Tampa, Florida. Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into Read More …

WHY IMMERSION AND NOT SPRINKLING OR POURING

This entry is part 10 of 19 in the series Baptist Why & Why Not

By C. A. Stakely, D. D. Pastor First Baptist Church Washington, D. C. Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbade him, saying, 1 have need to be baptized of thee, Read More …

WHY BAPTISM OF BELIEVERS AND NOT INFANTS

This entry is part 9 of 19 in the series Baptist Why & Why Not

By R. P. Johnston, D. D. Pastor Third Baptist Church St. Louis, Missouri And as they went on their way they came unto a certain water, and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be Read More …

WHY BAPTIST AND NOT CAMPBELLITE

This entry is part 8 of 19 in the series Baptist Why & Why Not

By Edgar E. Folk, D. D. Editor Baptist and Reflector Nashville, Tennessee [ADMIN NOTE: Campbellite refers to what we today call the The Church of Christ, Christian Church and various Mormon groups among others.] For God so loved the world that Read More …

WHY BAPTIST AND NOT PRESBYTERIAN

This entry is part 7 of 19 in the series Baptist Why & Why Not

By T. S. Dunaway, D. D. Fredericksburg, Virginia Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it Read More …

WHY BAPTIST AND NOT METHODIST

This entry is part 6 of 19 in the series Baptist Why & Why Not

By R. A. Venable, D. D. Pastor First Baptist Church Meridian, Mississippi For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first-born among many brethren. Moreover Read More …

The Distinctive Baptist Why

This entry is part 2 of 19 in the series Baptist Why & Why Not

By R. M. Dudley, D. D. Late President of Georgetown College Georgetown, Kentucky Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord Read More …

Baptist Why and Why Not – Introduction

This entry is part 1 of 19 in the series Baptist Why & Why Not

[ADMIN NOTE:The posts in this series were taken from the book, “Baptist Why and Why Not” written in 1900. I believe the opinions expressed by this group of pastors are just as applicable today as they were then.] BAPTIST WHY AND Read More …

Weddings: Wacky, Wrong, and Worthy!

Dr. Don Boys, Ph.D. The U.S. Supreme Court used its combined wisdom to redefine marriage which it had no authority to do since God decided on marriages long before any judge, bureaucrat, state, or nation existed. Marriage has been on Read More …

Must We Pray Before Meals?

Last weekend, my sons and I went to a car show. When we left, one son took the metro home to Virginia and I rode home to Maryland with the other. On the way, we stopped for burgers and fries Read More …

Colossians 1:1-2

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Colossians

Outline of 1:1–13 A. Introductory; Col. 1:1-13 1. Author; Col. 1:1. Recipients; Col. 1:2 a. Greetings; Col. 1:2 b. 2. Prayer of thanks; Col. 1:3-8 a. When we give thanks—always; Col. 1:3 b. Why we give thanks; Col. 1:4-8 (1) Read More …

Colossians (a side note)

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Colossians

As I was studying for this series, I ran across the following section from Maclaren’s commentary that I thought most interesting so I will include it here.  I had not considered this previously but it does make a lot of sense.  And Read More …

Notes on the Study of Colossians; Pt. 4

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Colossians

I. OUTLINE OF COLOSSIANS Introductory; Col. 1:1-13. 1. Author-recipients-greeting; Col. 1:1-2. 2. Thanksgiving; Col. 1:3-8. 3. Prayer; Col. 1:9-13. I. CHRIST—His supremacy and work; Col. 1:15-23. II. CHRIST—The goal of Paul’s ministry; Col. 1:24-29; Col. 2:1-5. III. CHRIST—The antidote for Read More …

Notes on the Study of Colossians; Pt. 3

This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series Colossians

G. RELATIONSHIP OF COLOSSIANS TO EPHESIANS 1. Colossians and Ephesians contain many phrases, sentences, and expressions that are much alike. 2. The fact that there is so much similarity between the two books could be accounted for by one of Read More …