“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:6, ESV).
What, you might ask, is the problem Paul is concerned about in this verse? The answer is, a very human and very contemporary problem.
There is more literature out there on church growth than oil wells in Texas and kudzu in Tennessee. Every mega church guru has written a book or produced a DVD on his church growth technique. Continue reading “God gives the growth”
Conducting a critical examination of another’s beliefs is easily done. Conducting a critical examination of one’s own beliefs is another matter. When such an examination is conducted, making changes in long held and cherished beliefs is even more difficult. Continue reading To Baptize or Not to Baptize (2)
When Barton Stone and his five fellow workers dissolved the Springfield Presbytery in 1804, and determined to take the Bible as the only rule of faith and practice, they had no idea where that commitment would take them. Continue reading To Baptize or Not to Baptize?
By 1880, attempts at reconstruction of a nation after a long and bloody civil war were bearing fruit. The union had been saved, the slaves freed and folks were making attempts to heal the division that had been so devastating to the country. Continue reading Peace, Prosperity and Division (5)
When Lee surrendered at Appomattox courthouse in Virginia on April 9, 1865, the long nightmare of war was finally over. The nation then turned its energies to healing the division. Continue reading Peace, Prosperity and Division (4)
How did the instrumental music controversy and the Civil War intersect in Restoration History? Continue reading Peace, Prosperity and Division (3)
All was not well in the United States in 1849. The issue of slavery was threatening the very existence of the union. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s incendiary book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin was but three years away. Continue reading Peace, Prosperity and Division (2)
In previous Forthright articles on the Restoration Movement, we have explored the meaning of the Restoration Plea, discussed the lives and efforts of the leading men among the many early leaders of the Restoration Movement, and learned of the efforts to bring unity among the followers of Jesus. Continue reading Peace, Prosperity and Division
John Smith returned to Stockton’s Valley in Wayne County, Kentucky a chastened man; chastened by the Lord for his desire to be rich, which becomes a stare to many men and costs their faith. Never again would dreams of wealth tempt John Smith. Continue reading Raccoon John Smith (4)