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The People of God

The individual follower of Jesus is biblically known as a disciple, believer, saint, or Christian. Collectively, believers are called the church, the body, the bride, and so on. Each of these descriptions emphasizes a different aspect of our relationship with Jesus. Church of Christ. The Greek word translated “church” means “assembly.” While someone may say…

What Shall We Do?

Elisha’s young servant was in a panic. His mouth was dry, his hands were sweaty, and his heart was threatening to pound out of his chest. The prophet Elisha had repeatedly interfered with the Arameans’ military plans against Israel, and now a great army sent by the king of Aram was at Dothan to seize…

The Better Choice

Christians tend to separate sins into two categories: “big sins” and “little sins.” It’s sometimes said that little wrongs are mine and big transgressions are yours. Perhaps it’s just as common for the church to think that big sins are only the transgressions associated with social disgrace. For example, a man sins big if he…

Is a Wall Immoral?

Politicians say that building a wall to secure the southern border of the U.S. would be “immoral.” So it’s a sin? God is against it? He wouldn’t have anything to do with a nation’s protecting its citizens with a physical barrier? Well, what about the Old Testament story of Nehemiah? This Jewish man was the…

Without a Word

Carmen, a Christian girl, meets handsome Jeff. They fall in love and get married. Before the wedding Jeff promises to attend church regularly, but five years have now passed. He has never obeyed the gospel, and he only visits the church on special occasions. Carmen has resorted to arguing, manipulating, and pleading. But Jeff is…

The Only Little Thing Wrong

 Some sins are tiny. They barely even register on Christian radar. Take gossip, for instance. Compared with the big sins—adultery, stealing, cursing, violence—gossip is no big deal. The only little thing wrong with gossip is that it destroys friendship. Solomon says that “a whisperer separates close friends” (Prov. 16:28). Of course, disclosing an offender’s faults…

You Are There!

I vividly remember reading a magazine article about the imminent advent of affordable cell phone technology. By 1995 or so, Americans would be able to carry phones in their pockets. These phones, via satellite communications, would work anywhere in the world. This prediction proved fairly accurate. Cell phones do work almost everywhere. They interrupt business…

Peddling False Hope

Dr. William Bennett hosted the radio show “Morning in America” for more than a decade. One morning I heard him say that Democrats could sell freezers to Eskimos easier than Republicans could sell them blankets. He said this was so “because Republicans tell the truth.” I can’t agree that politicians of either major party consistently…

First Things First

 A schoolteacher pours big rocks into a jar and then asks her students if it’s full. They say yes. Next she picks up a container of pebbles and pours them into the jar. Again, the teacher wants to know if the jar is full. The class is absolutely certain this time. The jar is completely…

Our Preacher Shortage

The churches of Christ in this country are experiencing a preacher shortage. When a large congregation advertises an empty pulpit, resumes flood in by the score. This outpouring of interest is misleading, though. Primarily, it reflects the perceived opportunity for advancement a bigger church affords. When a smaller congregation looks for a preaching minister, the…