Can You Guess What This Is?

I had been growing them for, oh, three years or so before it struck me just how early the fruit appears. Yes, if you are "playing along," the answer to my question, "Can you guess what this is," is... grapes. The accompanying photo shows a grape cluster as it looks only a few weeks after the first leaves...

Stanley W. Paher: A Q-and-A

Author, publisher, and editor Stanley W. Paher (seen at left in above photo, alongside Edward Fudge), of Reno, Nev., is best known as the owner and operator of Nevada Publications, an important Southwestern publisher of literature on Western Americana, and especially on Nevada history, including accounts of...

Thrice Anointed

In Acts 2:36, we find Peter speaking these words: “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.” We tend to pass over this verse without noticing what it says. But if we examine it closely, it holds something...

Baptism 101, by Tim Alsup: A Review

Baptism 101: What the Bible Says About Baptism, by Tim Alsup; Gospel Advocate Company, Nashville, Tenn., www.gospeladvocate.com, 2010; 112 pages, trade paperback. There's more to this slim little book Baptism 101 than might be apparent at first blush. More, because there's a context to be considered. A...

Did Christ’s Victory Result in the Removal of the Law of Sin and Death?

One of the biggest mistakes I notice in the world of Bible study stems from a failure to maintain distinctions between the Law of Moses and the Law of Sin and Death. A generation or two ago, such vital distinctions were much better understood by the average Christian. But believers today hear almost nothing...

What is Truth?

What is Truth? In the Book of Luke, Chapter 9, at verse 62, we find this: Jesus said, “No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” I can remember as a boy reading that verse and not having a clue what it meant. I’ve never been behind a horse-drawn plow,...

The Doctrine of Earthen Vessels

Some 60-plus years ago, evangelist Eldred Stevens, then the pulpit minister of the Stillwater (Okla.) church of Christ (and later the director of the Dallas-based Preston Road School of Preaching) used to preach a sermon that, today, ought hold great relevance for us. The sermon has been passed down through...

Repentance is Always Possible

In Heb. 6, we find a passage that has been worrisome for more than a few Christians, especially those who at some point wavered in their walk of faith. Verses 4-6: “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,...

In Praise of Praise

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalms 34:1 The scriptures tell us to “praise God.” We know that that is what Christians do. They praise God. They worship God. But do all of us understand WHY we praise God? I ask because I suspect that there are many...

Social Gospels to the Side

We live in an age that has seen dramatic change in how the Christian message is spread. Or, perhaps, in how it is not spread. Many of the biggest stories today, in the news media or in Christian circles, have to do with negatives. We are confronted with “the New Atheism.” We hear disconcerting statistics...

Atheism Gets a Facelift?

Today (5/26/10) I encountered, while online, an article bearing this title: “Does Atheism Need to be Rebranded?” I wasn’t sure what to expect, having come to this article from a link on another site. But the topic was indeed atheism, and specifically one devotee’s campaign to improve atheism’s...

The Gospel as Free Will, Part II (Conclusion)

If you are arriving here and haven’t seen Part I (but would like to), you can go there by clicking here. But I have inserted a short review below, for those who want to skip Part I or for those who have already read it but would like to revisit key points. To skip the 11-point review, click here.). The...

Keeper of the Flame

What does it take to paint a patriotic/Christian image that, when displayed and discussed in a YouTube.com video, draws 3 million hits and 2,500 comments? Well, it takes faith, apparently. If any additional evidence were necessary to establish the reality that the political winds in America have shifted...

The Gospel as Free Will, Part I

By Jesse Mullins, Jr. COPYRIGHT 2010 JESSE MULLINS In writing this message I am taking material that I have preached on two different occasions, and I am putting it into written form. I have never heard anyone else speak on this subject. Nor have I seen anything published on it, though portions of my message...

A STUDY ON SALVATION, PART I

COPYRIGHT 2011 JESSE MULLINS Greetings!  In accessing this posting you have located a portion of my completed and yet-unpublished second book, entitled Original Reason. I am posting this here as an experiment, prior to any move to publish or self-publish the work, in print or digital format. For the time...

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