Focusing on God’s Workmanship

Written by Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. A little girl asked her father if a mule, they had just seen, was a Christian. The father replied, “No. Of course not! why do ask?” “Well, you say Grandma is a Christian and that mule has a long face just like Grandma’s,” says the little girl. I fear …

Must Women “Keep Silence in the Church”?

Written by Wayne Jackson Bible Question: The term “silence” in 1 Corinthians 14:34 is often misunderstood and misapplied. Must a woman keep “silent” in the church? Bible Answer: A number of years ago, a faction arose within the church which argued that it is sinful for women to teach the Bible to children in the …

God’s Way

Written by Sewell Hall The problem of disinterested people is not new.  It existed in some places even in the first century.  Paul said it existed in Corinth.  “For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness” (I Corinthians …

“Flee These Things”

Written by: Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness (1 Tim. 6:11). Four times, Paul warns his readers to flee (twice to Corinthians and twice to Timothy). One of my teachers defined flee “to get on out from, do not get …

“Designated Sitter”

Written by: Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. I once overheard some young men discussing their baseball little league careers. One of the group had been a catcher, another had played second, etc. One was asked, “What did you play?” “Well, I was a designated sitter”, was the terse reply. Not a designated hitter, but a designated …

The “Work” Of Elders Is the Critical Matter

Written by Randy Blackaby Virtually any study or discussion of church “elders” immediately focuses on the qualifications for this office. Does the person have “believing children,” what does that entail and must all his children be faithful? Is the person “apt or able to teach” and is he a good leader in the home? But …

Spiritual Tunnel Vision

Written by Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. Peter warns that those who lack the “Christian Graces” of 2 Peter 1 are “blind and cannot see afar off.” (Verse. 9). The phrase “cannot see afar off” is from the Gr. muopazo, from which we get the medical term, myopia, meaning near sightedness. So there is precedent for …

Feelgoodism

Written by Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. I know that word does not pass the spell check test. It is not even in the dictionary – but it ought to be. If Mr. Webster, or whoever is in charge of adding new words to dictionaries, wishes to add my contribution to our language, he can feel …

Love It or Leave It

Written by: Ed Harrell It is difficult to keep one’s thinking truly undenominational. Proud, carnal attitudes constantly make their way into spiritual affairs. The sources of jealousy and strife today are the same carnal attitudes that plagued the Corinthian church. (1 Cor. 3:1-5) I think few people have complained more about the mental and spiritual …

Paul’s Confidence of Heaven

Written by: Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which …

Gospel or Gimmickry?

Written by: Sewell Hall “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and …

Seeking God

Written by: Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. The Prophet Isaiah wrote, “Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6 NKJV) The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews tells us that “God exists and that he rewards those who seek after him” (Hebrews 11:6 RSV). There …

God’s Way

Written by: Sewell Hall The problem of disinterested people is not new.  It existed in some places even in the first century.  Paul said it existed in Corinth.  “For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness” (I Corinthians …

The Growing Trend Toward Religious Subjectivism

Written by: Edward O. Bragwell, Sr We are living in a culture given over to subjectiveness. It depicts truth as relative or subjective – it is whatever each person perceives it to be. One of the results of this way of thinking is that no one has the right to say another’s view, which may …