Does Mercy Trump Meticulous Obedience?

Written by: Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. For quite a while now, we have noticed a trend among Christians to teach that the great mercy of God, and it is truly great, trumps strict obedience to God’s laws. A favorite “proof text” is Hosea 6:6 as referenced by Jesus in Matthew 12:7. The idea being that …

Prayer Meeting …

Written by: Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. I can remember when many brethren referred to their mid-week service as “Prayer Meeting,” indicating that most of the service as devoted to prayer. We don’t hear the term much these days. Shortly after placing membership at Kimberly we learned that the fifth Sunday evening service was devoted primarily …

The Hope Set Before us

Written by: Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. It would be hard to find a sadder commentary on the human predicament than the one given by Paul concerning the former condition of the Gentiles. He says they were “without Christ, … having no hope, and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). In between saying they were …

“I Gave Her Time to Repent …”

Written by: Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. As we were studying Revelation in our Wednesday night class we read from 2:21 where Jesus says that he was about to severely punish the immoral woman, Jezebel – but not before he had given her “time to repent.” If God would give this woman “time to repent” don’t …

The Psalmist’s Soul-Winning Formula

Written by: Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. “Restore to me the joy of Your salva­tion, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, And sinners shall be converted to You.” – Psalms 51:12,13 (NKJV). The Psalmist may be saying that if the Lord restores the joy of his salvation then …

Professional Preachers

Written by: Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. The trend toward developing a “professional clergy” among churches of Christ has been in the making for some time now. More and more, both churches and preachers, have come to view gospel preachers as professionals much like the professions of this world. Churches seek out and “hire” these professionals …

Seeing the invisible…

Written by: Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. One may think that he is seeing the wind blowing – but strictly speaking this is impossible. He can only see the effects of the blowing wind. Wind itself, whether still or blowing, is invisible. Luke tells us, in Acts 11:22-23, that when Barnabas came to Antioch that he …

The “Market Driven” Approach and Cultural Influence

Written by: Gary Kerr Many preachers are discouraged. We live in an age of thirty-second sound bites and thirty minute TV programs. Modern advertising techniques have glamorized everything from drinking beer to mopping floors to cleaning toilets. How does this contribute to the discouragement of preachers? Simply stated, modern culture has put pressure on preachers …

Wordiness

Written by: Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. “… They think that they will be heard for their many words.” – Matthew 6:7b I am fully aware tha Jesus used the above words to teach his disciples how not to pray – not like the heathen (Gentiles) with their vain repetitions. However, the context aside, we believe …

The Abrahamic Promises

Written by: John T. Lewis Abram and Sarai were ninety nine and eighty nine years old respectively, when God changed their names to Abraham and Sarah. In these articles I will speak of them only by their God given names, unless it be in quotations where their original, or shorter names appear… God appeared to …

The One Body of Christ and Many Churches of Christ.

Written by: Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. The one body (church) of the New Testament (Ephesians 4:4; 1:22,23;) is not a brotherhood of churches, but a brotherhood of Christians. It has no earthly headquarters, earthly organization, earthly overseers, or earthly spokespersons. It is a spiritual kingdom within God’s people (Luke 17:21). It only functions as each …

Does Israel Have a Divine Right to Its Land?

Written by: Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. The present land of Israel was carved out for the Jews in 1948. Since then, Jews from around the world have migrated to that land. Several wars have been fought between Israel and its Arab neighbors over the years. The Israeli-Arab problem continues to dominate the politics of the …

The Brotherhood

Written by: Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. (1 Peter 2:17) The word “brotherhood” here is translated from adelphotes. It appears only twice in the New Testament, both times in First Peter (2:17; 5:9). The King James renders it “brethren” in 5:9, but the New King …

“Will Ye Plead for Baal?”

Written by: Edward O. Bragwell, Sr. God told Gideon to “throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it: And build an altar unto the Lord thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place . . .” (Judges 6:25-26). Gideon did …