GOD AND THE GOVERNMENT (Part 2)

THE SIXTEENTH DAY OF OCTOBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. As citizens of the USA prepare to choose a new president and many other officials, we who are also Christians note some fundamental scriptural principles about God and earthly governments. Scripture tells us that God raises up governments and puts them down -- both to bless and to punish. The Most High rules … [Read more...]

Family Notes 11/10/2016

THE ELEVENTH DAY OF OCTOBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. POLITICAL CHRISTIANITY: AMERICAN STYLE In today's super-charged political world, the difference between the two major presidential candidates is often defined in terms of which is the greater scoundrel (if not felon) and respected Christian spokespersons are found endorsing them both -- in voices equally judgmental … [Read more...]

GOD AND THE GOVERNMENT (Part 1)

THE NINTH DAY OF OCTOBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. For several years, Sara Faye and I have requested absentee ballots in advance of election day (this November 8), enabling us to vote for our candidates of choice while avoiding the traffic jams and long lines that mark the day. I have carefully avoided stating my personal opinion regarding political candidates or … [Read more...]

Family Notes 4/10/2016

THE FOURTH DAY OF OCTOBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. EDDIE SNYDER (1957-2016) I attended the Chattanooga seminar on the gospel in the late 1970s, excited to meet its sponsor-speaker, Australian Robert Brinsmead, who had helped me understand the gospel through his "Verdict" magazine (earlier "Present Truth"). Also at the conference were Eddie and Leah Snyder, who were … [Read more...]

PROVING THE BIBLE

THE SECOND DAY OF OCTOBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. I was talking recently with a gracEmail subscriber who is using the Bible to teach some Chinese physicians conversational English. Must a reader know and ascribe extraordinary authority to the Christian scriptures in order to benefit from them? If so, how can one person convince another person of the Bible's unique … [Read more...]

GOD NEVER GIVES UP

THE TWENTY-FIFTH DAY OF SEPTEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. A gracEmail subscriber writes, “Does God ever just give up on one of his children? Is it possible that we can continue to do something so evil that God finally decides that there is no hope for us and that we are not worth saving?” *** If God based his attitude toward us on what he sees in us, he would have … [Read more...]

THIRD RETHINKING HELL CONFERENCE IN UK

THE TWENTY-FIRST DAY OF SEPTEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. The third international Rethinking Hell conference will be held on October 7th-8th, 2016, at the Highgate International Church in Highgate, London. Hosted by Justin Brierley, this will be an occasion for evangelicals to consider the case for Conditional Immortality, and the movement's ongoing … [Read more...]

CHILDREN OF GOD

THE EIGHTEENTH DAY OF SEPTEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. A gracEmail subscriber asks why the New Testament speaks of the Christian as God’s child in two senses-- by birth and also by adoption. *** Any answer we give to the question why scripture-writers do something must be speculative unless the text involved states the motivation. Furthermore, New Testament … [Read more...]

HOUSEHOLD CODES

THE ELEVENTH DAY OF SEPTEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. Paul's perspective. We are familiar with the lists of instructions to various members of the household in Paul's epistles to the Ephesians and Colossians. Paul is not writing in a vacuum but in a context. Preachers of various philosophies had been teaching their ideas of the ideal household for centuries before … [Read more...]

THE TABLE SPREAD

THE FOURTH DAY OF SEPTEMBER IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND SIXTEEN. The table is spread and the meal is served. Guests are united in the human race to which they all belong, resplendent as the rainbow of complexions that make their faces shine. Hues of black intermingle with tones of yellow, juxtaposed by shades of white and red and brown. Guests exchange pleasantries and … [Read more...]