What Is a “Pastor”?

One of the most misused terms in the denominational world today is “pastor.” The word “pastor” occurs one time in the New Testament in Ephesians 4:11. The Greek word poimen, from which “pastor” is derived, is translated elsewhere as “shepherd.” The word means, “one who tends herds or flocks.” The word is used metaphorically in […]

Abraham Believed God

Among the names of great men and women of the Bible who displayed such marvelous faith, Abraham is one of the most remarkable. Hebrews 11:8-12 speaks of his faith and how he was pleasing to God in his obedience. James 2:14-26 uses Abraham as an example of one who demonstrated his faith through his actions. […]

The Kingdom Is Like Pounds

The parable of the pounds was given because “they supposed that the kingdom of God immediately to appear” (Lk. 19:11). Luke alone records this parable and it is much like the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30). But while there are similarities, there are also points of difference and other details in the parable of […]

Car and Motorcycle Giveaway!

The Houston Chronicle recently reported the Abundant Life Christian Center in Galveston County gave away a new PT Cruiser and Harley-Davidson Sportster on New Year’s Eve. Since Nov. 30, church members were allowed to enter the drawing each time they attended (twice if they brought a visitor). The church “pastor” said he did not see […]

Is Hell Real?

The atheist does not believe in hell, neither does the Hindu or Buddhist. This is to be expected. However, did you know that many who call themselves followers of Christ do not believe in hell either? Seventh-Day Adventists deny the Bible doctrine of hell, so do the “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” A few years ago even the […]

By Which Law Shall We Abide?

Man’s law and God’s law have conflicted through the ages. The whole of man’s law may not contradict God’s, but much of it has and does. Such things show the disrespect man has for God. When a conflict arose between the law of God and the law of man, Daniel did not hesitate to follow […]

The Unity of the Spirit

“I, therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you to walk worthily of the calling wherewith ye were called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love, giving the diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:1-4). In the first three chapters of this […]

Turmoil in the Episcopal Church

For several days papers have carried accounts of the battle in the Episcopal Church where efforts were made to elect a gay priest to be her Bishop. Division seems imminent for conservative churches among their ranks threatened to leave the denomination if confirmation was reached. Proceedings were momentarily halted when new charges surfaced against the […]

“The Lord Said Unto My Lord …”

Often a biblical passage may be used to establish a variety of points and, while the point made by citing the passage may not be the principal thrust of the verse, deductive reasoning from the verse may lead to that proper conclusion. One such passage is Psalms 110:1, “The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit […]

Bethlehem of Judah

Matthew 2:5-6 says, “So they said to him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’” This quote from Micah […]