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WHY DID MY SAVIOR COME TO EARTH? (PART 2)

The Roman playwright Horace, who lived and wrote in the days of Julius Caesar, criticized the other poets and playwrights of his day because every time they presented a problem, in the plot line of their stories, they utilized one of the many Roman gods to resolve it. In regards to their propensity to interject such gods, Horace said, ”Do not bring a god onto the stage unless the problem is one that deserves a god to solve it.” Horace’s…

WHY DID MY SAVIOR COME TO EARTH? (PART 1)

In Isaiah 9:6 we read a Messianic prophecy written nearly seven hundred years before the birth of Christ which says: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. This is a popular passage this time of year when many people choose to focus on the birth of Jesus because of its association…

THE WHY SERIES -WHY IS THE CHURCH OF CHRIST NON-DENOMINATIONAL?

The congregations associated with the Church of Christ have always identified themselves as non-denominational. For centuries this was a peculiar identification, but in recent years it has become very popular for congregations to claim that they are non-denominational, especially among the community church movement. According to a June 12, 2015 Christianity Today article, “over the last four decades, there has been more than a 400 percent growth in Protestants[1] who identify as non-denominational.”[2] With the growing popularity of non-denominational congregations it is important for…

THE WHY SERIES – WHY DOES THE CHURCH OF CHRIST TEACH DEFINITIVE PARAMETERS ON MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE?

Why Does the Church of Christ Teach Definitive Parameters on Marriage and Divorce? Earlier this year, we presented a series of articles about the beliefs and practices of the churches of Christ that were thematically arranged around “why” questions, such as “Why Does the Church of Christ Believe That Baptism is Essential to Salvation,” “Why Does the Church of Christ Lack Musical Instruments in Their Worship Services,” and “Why Do Churches of Christ Observe the Lord’s Supper Every Sunday.” Since…

FULLY INVOLVED

Have you ever heard the phrase “fully involved?” To me, that phrase refers to whether or not you want all of the fixings on your sandwich at Firehouse Subs. However, that phrase actually comes from the world of firefighting. In firefighting jargon the phrase “fully involved” is a “term of size-up” indicating that “the fire, heat, and smoke in a structure are so widespread that internal access must wait until fire streams can be applied.”[1] If I understand this terminology correctly,…

My New Chair

I got a new chair for my office this week! You might be asking, “Why did you need a new chair for your office?” I’m glad you asked. I needed a new chair for my office because, as it turns out, I have been leaning to the left (literally, not politically or religiously) for the last 3.5 years. This constant, daily leaning had basically bent my office chair permanently, and its new shape was beginning to become an issue. It…

UNCHANGING

October is my favorite month of the year, and here’s why. First, October is one of the best months for sports. It contains the ALCS, NLCS, and World Series. It contains the heart of the college football season with conference competitions and unexpected upsets happening nearly every weekend. It is also a month that hosts NFL games and ushers in the NBA season. So, October is wonderful because it neatly packages all of these sports into one extraordinary month. But…

U-Turn Encouraged

One of the most confusing decisions for a driver is whether or not it is legal to make a U-turn at any given intersection.   In some situations, there will be a sign that clearly says, “No U-Turn;” or it will have the symbol for a U-turn with a Ghostbusters sign over it (which I understand because I saw the movie…in the theatre). In other situations, there will be a sign that says, “U-Turn Permitted,” which means that you can do a U-turn without having to…

CHANGE YOUR ATTITUDE

In aeronautic terminology “attitude” refers to “the orientation of an aircraft’s axes relative to a reference” point such as the horizon.[1] For the record, I am not an aircraft aficionado so my explanation of aircraft terminology is based on my own research and therefore susceptible to flaws. But as I understand it, the attitude of an aircraft is its position relative to other objects on the axes of roll (i.e. rotation from the longitudinal axis that is controlled by the aileron…

Inform, Not Enforce?

First things first: I’m a rule-follower. This doesn’t mean that I ALWAYS follow the rules (just ask my Mom), but I’m a rule-follower by nature. I respect authority, obey rules/laws, and absolutely HATE to be “in trouble” with anyone. So, keep that in mind as you read this article… Several months ago, a man was dragged off of a plane and it was caught on video. The video was posted on social media and sparked a multi-faceted outrage across the country.…

FASHIONED FOR FAITH

  On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched a small spacecraft called Sputnik 1, which became the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. Sputnik 1 was a small satellite by modern standards. It was approximately the size of a beach ball, but weighed 183.9 pounds. Additionally, Sputnik 1 was a basic satellite by modern standards. Its only function was to transmit radio signals. Sputnik 1’s mission was brief by modern standards. It transmitted radio signals for only 21 days until its batteries ran out on…

TRAGIC REMINDERS

As most of you know, tragedy unfolded at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, TN last Sunday when a twenty-five year old man named Emanuel Samson arrived at the church building as worship service came to a close and began shooting at churchgoers, both inside and outside the building, killing one and injuring 7 others. In the wake of this event I have been reminded of some biblical truths. First, the Burnette Chapel shooting reminded me that we…