BY JERRY HILL — One thing was becoming clear: the Lord’s church did not require a full-time preacher in each location in order to exist and thrive, as our custom seemed to demand. By 1965, penitent, baptized believers were seen to be able to speak to others in a convincing way. Churches began and grew, in which there were no full-time preachers
The last wishes expressed on earth by our Lord require his followers to “make disciples of all the nations” (Mathew 28:19), “preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15), “that repentance and forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in his name to all nations” (Luke 24:46), and “tend” and “shepherd” “my lambs” and “my sheep” (John 21:14-17). This was to start with the apostles “in Jerusalem“, and would go to “all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Continue reading “The noble goal requires removal of practices”
The columnists of Forthright have been invited to devote themselves during the month of June to the topic of duty. They are free to write about any topic. But we’ll highlight on the front page articles tagged with the word “duty.” A few articles of the past tagged this way are already at the top of the front page. Check them out.
The Old Testament speaks frequently of duties of the priest, Levites, and the king. The NLT has Shecaniah saying to Ezra the scribe, who was laid low by the sins of the people: Continue reading “Our duty to get up and take action”
The long planter holding a small collection of sedums at the edge of the patio really isn’t all that old. It was hand-crafted from portland cement, peat moss and sand about five years ago.
The pitted, aged appearance is deceiving. It comes from the holes and crevices left behind as the chunks of peat moss decayed and disappeared. Continue reading “Feeling Old?”
Peter’s future was more important to Jesus than his past… Continue reading Peter's restoration (3)
Peter’s denial of Jesus threatened his relationship with his Lord Continue reading Peter's restoration (1)
We need to go back to the source. Continue reading ad fontes
The editor takes another look at how to preserve the unity of the Spirit in Ephesians 1:1-7. He mentions the conformity of unity, the attitude of unity, the effort for unity, the basis for unity and the diversity for unity. Continue reading Preserving the Unity of the Spirit