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  • drkenney 12:58 pm on 2016-05-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Alexander Campbell & New Testamentism 

    Cool Alexander Campbell

    “We have no system of our own, nor of others, to substitute in lieu of the reigning systems. We only aim at substituting the New Testament in lieu of every creed in existence; whether Mahometan, Pagan, Jewish, or Sectarian. We wish to call Christians to consider that Jesus Christ has made them kings and priests to God. We neither advocate Calvinism, Arminianism, Arianism, Socinianism, Trinitarianism, Unitarianism, Deism, or Sectarianism, but New Testamentism.”

    Alexander Campbell, Christian Baptist, Vol. 1, No. 5,  1 December 1823 

     
  • drkenney 3:37 pm on 2016-04-07 Permalink | Reply
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    Alexander Campbell & the Godhead 

    Alexander Campbell on the Godhead1

    “For the divine nature may be communicated or imparted in some sense; and indeed while it is essentially and necessarily singular, it is certainly plural in its personal manifestations. Hence we have the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit equally divine, though personally distinct from each other. We have in fact, but one God, one Lord, one Holy Spirit; yet these are equally possessed of one and of the same divine nature. Some conceive of God as mathematical unit; and as a thing cannot be both mathematically singular and plural, one and three, at the same time and in the same sense, they deny the true and proper divinity of the Son of God and of the Spirit of God. But it would seem to us, that they reason not in harmony with the sacred style of inspiration. But why should we imagine that there cannot be a plurality of personal manifestations in the divine nature any more than in the angelic or human, especially as man was created in the image of God?” — Alexander Campbell, The Christian System, p. 8.

     
    • Someone 6:14 pm on 2016-04-07 Permalink | Reply

      I was reading an earlier post about Jews worshipping God (at the wailing wall) and that your god is not the same one they worship. Is Alexander Campbell your religion’s founder? Is this a Christian religion? If so, it seems a strange denomination. Can you direct me to another site where I can read a little more about you? Thank you.

      • Someone 6:41 am on 2016-04-09 Permalink | Reply

        Never mind. I found your main ICOC site: http://www.disciplestoday.org. I’ll read some more about you.

        • Eugene Adkins 8:19 am on 2016-04-09 Permalink | Reply

          “Someone”,

          I just wanted to let you know that contributing authors in TFR aren’t members of the “International Churches of Christ” (which I believe is the where the link that you left leads to), but rather members of the church of Christ in the Romans 16:16 sense. In other words, we believe in the one universal church, but we’re not Romans Catholics 😉

          Since we have no earthly head/headquarters, it’s a little difficult to point you toward “one” website in particular. Here are a couple of websites (You Can Be Sure, House to House) that can help you learn about some of our “fundamental” views based on our understanding of God’s word.

          Not trying to get involved in your conversation; I just wanted to make sure you got a response from someone.

          Thanks for taking the time to comment.

    • drkenney 9:04 am on 2016-04-09 Permalink | Reply

      I thought I had replied to the inquiry; however, somehow my response did not make it to the comments section. My apologies.

      Alexander Campbell never claimed to be a founder of a church. He, and others before and after him, plead for people to give up denominationalism and sectarianism and pursue the New Testament. Martin Luther said “Sola Scripture” meaning the Scriptures alone are the authority, not popes or councils. This is the same sentiment as Campbell’s viewpoint. Campbell was highly effective and held prominent debates exposing several religious errors popular in his day. Because he was so effective, he has been, and still is, maligned by his critics with labels such as “Campbellism” or “Campbellite”. He clearly stated that he was NOT the founder of a new denomination, but that does not stop his critics from maligning him. As I stated, he is not the first one to plea for New Testament Christianity. Others did as well, some before Alexander Campbell ever came to the United States. Alexander Campbell was a scholar, but he was not perfect. We do not recognize him as the founder of churches of Christ, but we admire his plea for what he called the Ancient Order of Things.

      The Jews worship the same God in one sense. The recognize Jehovah as God, as we do. Where they fall short is failing to recognize Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God. So, it is not that they worship a different God exactly, they just fail to realize that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are of the same divine nature. This is why we believe completely in the Old Testament. There is an important old saying that illustrates this well–“The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed. The New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.” The two testaments go together, but the Jews reject the New Testament to their error.

      There have been those who have departed from the plea to restore New Testament Christianity. Some of these still claim Alexander Campbell in their history; however, some of their practices he would not agree with. There are some things he advocated that we would not agree with either. Alexander Campbell is not respected as a founder of the church, but he is respected because he pointed people back to the founder of the church and His New Testament. The final authority is the New Testament.

      If you want to read more about me, I post here and also at my own personal blog–www.drkenney.blogspot.com.

  • drkenney 1:11 pm on 2015-12-28 Permalink | Reply  

    The Truth That Is True For All 

    THE TRUTH THAT IS TRUE FOR ALL

    by David R. Kenney

    In Bible class I asked whether or not barbeque sauce on hotdogs was good or bad. One of my children loves barbeque sauce on their hotdogs; the other finds it repulsive. You may hear people say “What is true for you is not true for me,” or “You have your truth and I have my truth.” Well, no further proof of the validity of such statements was needed than the facial expressions of my two children as to which one accepted this truth. This is the nature of subjective truth. Subjective truth varies from person to person. Subjective truth is variable and can cease to be true under various circumstances.

    Objective truth is different from subjective truth. Objective truth is true for all individuals, always. Objective truth does not change under varying circumstances. Some may prefer the terms “absolute truth” and “relative truth”, but the concepts remain the same. Objective truth, or absolute truth, is true across individuals, circumstances, and other variables.

    If one can grasp the definitions, differences, and implications of objective and subjective truth, then one can easily see that the same applies to the religious world as well. People say “Join the church of your choice” with the authority of subjective truth that “One church is as good as another”. One fundamental principle needs to be understood that is often dismissed—subjective truth never trumps objective truth. In fact, the only time that subjective truth truly rules is when there is no objective truth to contradict it. In this case, not all churches are the same so they cannot be “one as good as the other”. Let me give you an example.

    In our local paper, The Wadsworth Post, there was a “Christmas Worship Directory” with a listing of various services from various religious groups to celebrate Christmas in a religious worship type setting. All those religious groups’ schedule of services were different from the other. Were any of them right or wrong in comparison to the others? Not if there were no absolute or objective truths in contradiction. Subjective truth would rule.

    It was interesting to review the religious groups’ schedules with the students in class. One organization had a “Quiet Christmas” service for December 23; “Family Christmas – Christmas Eve” service for December 24; “Traditional Christmas Eve” service also for December 24; “Saturday After Christmas” service for December 26; and, finally, “Sunday after Christmas” service for December 27. Some only had various Christmas Eve services, and one had a single Christmas Eve service. (I found it interesting none had services for December 25th.) I asked them “Which group is more spiritual than the other?” “Which group is are more correct than the other?” “Which of these groups is true?” How would a person searching for the truth be able to determine? If there was only subjective truth on the matter, then one could rightly hold that all are equally good and valid; however, there is objective truth which makes such subjective truth invalid and consequently merely subjective.

    We do not know when exactly Jesus was born. To focus our attention on December 25th is merely subjective because we cannot know. Also, there is no command or example of the early church celebrating December 25th as the birth of Jesus Christ. It was not celebrated as such until 336 AD. The Old Testament was very clear on the Jewish Holiday Calendar, both as to the when and how of various observances; however, there is no such Christian Holiday Calendar in the New Testament designating the birth of Jesus, commanding its observance, or instructing how to observe such. It may come as a surprise to some that various other days have been postulated as the birth of Jesus including: January 2nd, January 6th, March 28th, April 18th, April 19th and May 20th. When one looks at the evidence for the date of the birth of Christ, it becomes apparent that December 25th is subjective rather than absolute truth. The various services that some arrange to celebrate this subjective date are subjective as well. I am confident if you asked the other religious groups if one was more spiritual than the other based on their “Christmas Worship Directory”, their answer would be that all are equally true and spiritual. If it were not for these objective truths, their subjective estimation would hold; however, their subjective standards are insufficient.

    Christians are commanded to “Test all things, hold fast what is good” (NKJV) in 1 Thessalonians 5:21. Keep in mind that the term “test” means to approve or disprove. Such would be impossible if there were no objective truths to measure, compare or test to; but contrary to political and religious correctness of our day, there is objective or absolute truth—the Scriptures. When we examine the text, we find no command or example in the New Testament to celebrate the birth of Christ. So, can we honestly say we have held fast to what is “good”? Some will say “Well how can celebrating the birth of Christ be bad?” Interestingly, Jesus said just before using the illustration of the foolish man who built his house on the sand versus the wise man who built his house on the rock– “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46, NKJV) It may be easier for some to understand the sin of not doing what Jesus commanded, but it is also wrong to do what the Lord has not commanded too. Keep in mind the Scripture that warns about taking away from what is commanded also forbids adding as well—“and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Revelation 22:19, NKJV.) Some may attempt to dismiss the force of this by claiming it only applies to the book of Revelation; however, the same is found in Deuteronomy 4:2. Who can imagine that one cannot add/take away from one of God’s books but can do so with His other books? Keep in mind, the Bible is a collection of books. The wise man stated, “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:5-7, NKJV.) As Christians, we follow what Christ has authorized–“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17, NKJV.) It ought to be clear that we cannot do just anything and call it “good” merely by assigning Jesus’ name to it. Jesus’ name is only joined with our worship and service by doing what Jesus has authorized in the New Testament. It is not a matter of subjectivity but authority.

    While illustrating the difference between subjective truth and objective truth, I cautioned the students that because something may be subjective does not mean that a person is not passionate about and emotionally committed to it in absolute terms. In our tolerant society, people become most intolerant when their subjective truths are rejected, based on the existence of objective truth which reduces what they hold as subjective truth to being merely subjective. We must be as kind and gentle with people as they sort out the differences between the subjective and objective. If I was to select an illustration of emotional igniter greater than Christmas as an example of the differences between subjective and objective truth, I am uncertain as to what illustration is more flammable (except maybe Easter).

    We all have subjective truths, including those in the church. Subjective truths may hold provided these do not violate the absolute truths of God’s word. For example, when Jesus said for us to “Go into all the world…”, He did not specify the manner of going. We are free to subjectively choose which method we go, but we are not permitted to allow our subjectivity to negate the absolute truth of going “…and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15, NKJV.) These matters are not always easy to detect and require serious thought. We must be kind and gentle as to what the Lord commanded– “‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ Says the Lord, ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.’” (Isaiah 1:18, NKJV.) We must reason together with God, and the only way to so reason is to reason with His word as objective truth.

     

    May we help others to be able to reason these matters through properly with the love in our hearts toward them as Christ loved them and died for them as well. We should be tenderhearted toward those who have not thought about these matters. We certainly do not intend to embarrass but encourage others to surrender their subjective truths for the absolute truths of God’s word.

     
  • drkenney 10:09 am on 2015-10-16 Permalink | Reply
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    2015 WCTV Clapper Awards 

    The WCTV Clapper Awards Ballot/Survey has been posted online for all to vote. The congregation where I preach is very small and few utilize the Internet. So, the only way “Light From Above” will win is if YOU vote. The deadline for voting is Sunday, October 25th. Since the shows are broadcasted via the Internet, WCTV allows anyone and anywhere to vote via the Internet.  I do NOT vote except for children’s show which is

    8. Best Performing Arts — Studio Strings #8 – Stow Youth Orchestra (Deborah & James Kenney). Please vote for their show too if you like.

    Here are the shows produced by Light From Above produced by David R. Kenney:

    5. Best Documentary – Alexander Campbell (David R. Kenney). This was a full-length documentary made in cooperation with Historic Bethany, WCTV and the Gospel Broadcasting Network.

    6. Best Religious Message — Light From Above #168 – Winford Claiborne & Warren F. Kenney (David R. Kenney). This show is a tribute show to both Winford Claiborne and David’s dad. Winford passed away in 2014 and Warren passed away in 2015. It includes footage of Warren delivering an after dinner lesson at the International Gospel Hour Banquet during the Freed-Hardeman University Lectureship.

    15. Best Talk Show — Light From Above #165 – Interview with BJ Clarke (David R. Kenney). We had the privilege of having B. J. Clarke, who is the new Director of the Memphis School of Preaching, in our area thanks to the Streetsboro church of Christ. He was willing to come in an spend the morning with us at WCTV.

    You do NOT need a login or a password. You do NOT need to put in your name or address (That is OPTIONAL at the end of the ballot.) All you need to do is go to this link, vote, submit, and repeat (if you are so inclined).  Here is the link:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/23ZK95K

    I have been able to place each year thanks to all those who have voted.  I thank you for your voting for my shows.  It does result in higher visibility of the church in the Wadsworth community.  David

     
  • drkenney 2:50 pm on 2015-10-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Alexander Campbell & Inward Call of Holy Spirit 

    Alexander Campbell

    Alexander Campbell

    “But let me ask, and seriously ask these inward called saints, who have heard some other voice of God than the word of God, What did that voice say?  Any thing different from that which is written?  If so, how did you judge it?  To what standard did, you refer it?  If it said any thing to you different from what is written, you dare not hearken to it:  for the written gospel, Jesus declared, will judge you at the last day.  If it said nothing different from the written gospel, it must have repeated the same, and what was the meaning of repeating it?  Does the word of God derive power from mere repeating it?  Does the word of God derive power from a mere repetition of it; or must God, like men, use frequent repetitions to supply the lack of power?  Can the voice of God have more power in one language, than another-at one time than another-at one place than in another?  You cannot answer, Yes.  What do you mean by an inward call?  If there be a word spoken it must be what is written or what is not written.  And you must see that either hypothesis issues in that which is inadmissible-in that which is absurd.” 

    Alexander Campbell, “The Voice of God and the Word of God.  The Gospel Now The Word of God,”  Millennial Harbinger, 1830, pp. 126-127.

     
  • drkenney 8:10 pm on 2015-07-21 Permalink | Reply
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    Alexander Campbell & Pursuit of The Truth 

    Alexander Campbell

    Alexander Campbell

    “OFTEN have I said, and often have I written, that truth, truth eternal and divine, is now, and long has been with me the pearl of great price. To her I will, with the blessing of God, sacrifice every thing. But on no altar will I offer her a victim. If I have lost sight of her, God who searcheth the hearts knows I have not done it intentionally. With my whole heart I have sought the truth, and I know that I have found it. Not all truth but the lifegiving truth of Jesus. But I ask no man to take my word for it.  Neither my devotion to the truth professed, the earnestness nor the industry with which I have sought it, the sacrifices which l have made in the pursuit of it, nor any aid supernatural which I have received in the discovery of the truth, shall ever be plead by me as reason why any person should receive any single saying of mine upon my authority.  Nor shall I plead the success which has attended my labors, the great revolution in sentiment, feeling, and practice, which is every day progressing, as a proof, or as any evidence of truths for which I am the humble advocate. No authority of great names, no authority of great success, no authority of great devotion, no authority but that of the Apostles and prophets shall ever be urged by me in proof of any proposition respecting the religion of Jesus Christ.”

    — Alexander Campbell, Millennial Harbinger, Vol. 1, No. 3, March 1, 1830

     
    • Loy Pressley 3:55 am on 2015-07-22 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you!!

      The date, however, cannot be 1980. According to Google, Alexander Campbell was born in 1788 and died in 1866.

      Agape,

      Loy

    • drkenney 11:37 am on 2015-07-22 Permalink | Reply

      Loy, thanks for catching my error. I must have had Ronald Reagan on my mind for some reason. I corrected the quote. Thanks, David

  • drkenney 12:42 pm on 2014-11-13 Permalink | Reply  

    Warren F. Kenney Appears on Light From Above Discussing "The Christian Man" 

    Warren Kenney Light From Above

    David R. Kenney and his dad, Warren F. Kenney, on the set of “Light From Above” at WCTV Studio. The tabletop pulpit was made by David’s dad for the program.

    John Madding and Dad

    John Madding who is Cable TV Programming and Access Manager for WCTV and Warren F. Kenney. Dad really liked John commenting on how wonderfully patient he was. John liked him as well. John commented he expected dad to arrive in a black suit…he was pleasantly surprised. They hit it off well.

    In the Spring of 2014, my father came to Wadsworth, Ohio to deliver a series of lessons on “The Christian Man”.  He presented these lessons in some form back in Martinsburg, WV some years ago, but I wanted him to come to WCTV studios and record them for others to profit from.  I was also able to get his parents to be interviewed as well to discuss their many years of service to the church.

    I am thankful to the wonderful staff at WCTV in Wadsworth for assisting in accommodating the studio and schedule for my parents.  My father is battling GBM brain tumor and my mother has been fighting MS since 1982.  They have fought the good fight together for nearly 50 years!

    Also, I appreciate the poem on the flyer written by Karen McCoy which reads:

    My Hero

    I’ll follow in your footsteps Dad
    I want to be like you
    You know you are my hero
    My love for you is true.
     
    I feel safe when I am with you
    You are so brave and strong
    You stand by when I am happy
    You hold my hand when things go wrong.
     
    So make your footsteps smaller
    So I can keep up with you
    Then some day when I’m a Dad
    I’ll be a hero, too.

    — Karen McCoy

    I have created a Playlist on YouTube so you can see these videos.  Here is the link.

     
    • Randal 12:46 pm on 2014-11-13 Permalink | Reply

      I caught a couple of these several weeks ago, I think it was, before I got distracted by other things, to finish the series. I really appreciate what he had to say in those that I watched. God bless both your parents!

  • drkenney 12:20 pm on 2014-10-22 Permalink | Reply
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    The Enduring Value of a Christian Education 

    THE ENDURING VALUE OF A CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

    by David R. Kenney

    David R. Kenney & Dr. Bobby R. Bush, Professor of Management, May 4, 1991

    David R. Kenney & Dr. Bobby R. Bush, Professor of Management, May 4, 1991

    David R. Kenney and Dr. E. Claude Gardner, President Emeritus of Freed-Hardeman University, February 2011

    David R. Kenney and Dr. E. Claude Gardner, President Emeritus of Freed-Hardeman University, February 2011

    All of my life I wanted to be a preacher like my father.  Then, due to circumstances that were beyond his control, I allowed the negative impacts of others on my father and family to persuade me to abandon that noble ambition.  This set me on a wave of confusion as to what I would do with my future.  Due to negative circumstances of my own, I came to realize that I needed to regroup my thoughts as I moved from the sound instruction of my parents to a faith that was at bloom within me as an emerging adult.  My parents persistently encouraged me to go to Freed-Hardeman College and convinced me with the question–“If you do not have anything better to suggest, then why not try this?”   The greatest influence in getting me to come to Freed-Hardeman College, outside of original interest due to Artie Collins and my father, was the President of the college, Dr. E. Claude Gardner.  My father talked with Dr. Gardner while at the Bible Lectureship and explained that I wanted to come to Freed-Hardeman College, but I did not think I would have the funds.  President Gardner told my father, “You tell David he needs to come to Freed-Hardeman College.  We will find the way for him to afford it.”  I enrolled in the Fall of 1987.

    When I began college, I still did not know what my major would be, a vexing question to me.  I knew I did not want to major in either Bible (due to the negative experiences my father encountered) or Management (due to the negative experiences I encountered).  This changed when I signed up for a business required course as a Finance Major (or Management Information Systems Major) called Business Management.  The course was taught by Dr. Bobby Bush.  Through his instruction, personal anecdote, case study, sense of humor, Christian influence and Mississippi hospitality, I graduated in 1991 with a degree in Business Management.

    As part of requisite study, I took a bible course each semester.  This brought to my attention a level of Bible knowledge I had underestimated.  When I completed the Master of Business Administration degree from the Graduate School of Management from Kent State University, I began a career in Business; however, I did continue my interest in researching, writing, teaching and preaching.  When I had the opportunity to preach full-time, I called Bobby Bush and asked if he thought it would hurt my career in business or to teach management in the future.  He encouraged me to preach full-time stating that it would not hurt me in any noble pursuit and would help if I ever decided to come back to Freed-Hardeman University to teach.  I entered the ministry full-time in July 2010.

    I do not know what lies ahead, but in doing some research I came across this list of reasons to pursue a Christian education at Freed-Hardeman College (now University).  Looking these points over, I can gladly report I agree with each point!  Here is the list as it appeared in the 1984 Bible Lectureship Book:

    FREED-HARDEMAN IS A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE

    • Emphasizing the importance of the Bible in daily living.
    • Where Bible study is for every full-time student.
    • Emphasizing the value of the soul.
    • Preparing young men to preach the gospel.
    • True to the Book-the Bible.
    • Emphasizing the building of Christian character.
    • Stressing academic excellence.
    • Offering nearly forty areas of study.
    • Emphasizing the importance of a broad education in all majors.
    • With the highest regional accreditation.
    • With national accreditation in education and social work.
    • Offering excellent faculty credentials and experience.
    • Preparing students for career opportunities.
    • Encouraging friendliness.
    • Where many find their companion for life.
    • Stressing the importance of the Christian home.
    • Stressing the value of good habits and personal health.
    • Emphasizing that the body is the temple of God.
    • With a good name.
    • With a great heritage.
    • With predecessors having existed since 1869.
    • Which is non-public, Christian and financially sound.
    • Interested in the academic. spiritual, social and physical growth of your children.
    • Stressing the importance of the free enterprise system.
    • Where cost is below the national average for private schools.
    • That has been growing for many years.
    • “Teaching how to live and how to make a living.”
    • Stressing the importance of responsible citizenship.
    • Emphasizing the value of understanding and appreciating the natural world, the good and the beautiful.
    • Stressing the importance or continuous learning.

    30 GOOD REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SUPPORT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AT FREED-HARDEMAN COLLEGE.

     
  • drkenney 11:24 am on 2014-10-08 Permalink | Reply  

    2014 WCTV Clapper Awards & "Light From Above" 

    As some of you may know, I have won the Runner-Up position for “Best Religious Program” both in 2013 and 2012.   My success in the WCTV Clapper Awards, which garners the program and the church local news coverage, is because of those like you who have voted for the program online. The winner is determined by combining the independent judges’ scores and the popular vote.

    Well, it is that time again! Voting has started for the 2014 WCTV Clapper Awards. To win, I need you to vote and vote often.  Since the shows are viewable online, voting is open to anyone with Internet access.  So, voting is not limited to Wadsworth, and there is NO LIMIT to how may times a person may vote. All you need to do is go to this link and vote. You do not need a login, and you do not have to leave your name, email address, etc. You could vote all day every day, if you wanted.

    “Light From Above” has been nominated for three awards:

    6. BEST RELIGIOUS “Light From Above – New Testament Church in Prophecy (David R. Kenney)”

    10. BEST PROMTIONAL “Christian Man (David Kenney)”

    15. BEST TALK SHOW “Light From Above – Interview with Greg Tidwell (David Kenney)”

    As with the last two years, I do NOT vote. The only exception I make is voting for the program that my son James is in which is 8. Best Performing Arts for “Studio Strings – Stow Youth Orchestra Emeritus (David R. Kenney)” (Feel free to vote for that program too.) So, if no one votes, then we will not win. Only YOUR votes will help me win again this year.

    The deadline for voting is Midnight, Sunday, October 26th. I am asking you to vote.

    As always, I appreciate all the kind words of encouragement you have given me along the way!  Again, here is the link–
    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/23ZK95K

     
  • drkenney 6:19 pm on 2014-09-12 Permalink | Reply  

    Alexander Campbell and The Spirit of Ecumenicalism 

    Alexander Campbell circa 1830

    Alexander Campbell circa 1830

     

    Today would have been Alexander Campbell’s 226th birthday.  He was born September 12, 1788. Sadly, one will not see many, if any, references to this on newscasts, blogs or websites.  There are those who claim that Alexander Campbell was an ecumenical preacher.  This would depend on how one is using the term “ecumenical” though.

    According to Dictionary.com, the definition of “ecumenical” is:  adjective  1. general; universal.  2. pertaining to the whole Christian church.  3.  promoting or fostering Christian unity throughout the world.  4. of or pertaining to a movement (ecumenical movement) especially among Protestant groups since the 1800s, aimed at achieving universal Christian unity and church union through international interdenominational organizations that cooperate on matters of mutual concern.  5. interreligious or interdenominational: an ecumenical marriage. 6. including or containing a mixture of diverse elements or styles; mixed:an ecumenical meal of German, Italian, and Chinese dishes.” (“ecumenical.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 12 Sep. 2014. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/ecumenical>.)

    Some use this term in a way that various religious groups may cooperate provided they agree on certain facts such as:  there is a God, Jesus is God’s Son, the Bible is God’s Word and some other fundamental points of agreement.  But, there are some doctrines that must be marginalized in the spirit of ecumenicalism.  So, these tend to dismiss other matters of New Testament doctrine as “differences of opinion” and such like.  These state they believe one can maintain their denominational organizations, retain their creeds, and yet be a part of the universal church.

    Now, contrast this view of ecumenicalism with this statement by Alexander Campbell and see if it squares with those of the ecumenical persuasion of this generation:

    “It is not uncommon for us to mistake living characters, and not less uncommon to mistake the characters of the dead. The Pauls of the Catholic, Protestant, Presbyterian, Methodist. and Baptist churches are very unlike Paul the Apostle. The Presbyterian Paul sprinkled infants and consecrated meeting-houses; the Episcopalian Paul was an Archbishop with a mitre and a surplice; the Catholic Paul always had a vial of holy water in his pocket, and a walking-cane made of the wood of the cross, and was always repeating prayers to the immaculate Virgin; the Methodist Paul was President of a Conference of Clergy, and much addicted to sneezing and shouting, a great lover of camp-meetings, and excessively eccentric in his apparel; the Baptist Paul was a Bishop of four churches, and a friend of Saturday monthly meetings, and extremely fond of annual associations and advisory councils. I cannot enumerate how many Pauls nor how many peculiarities each possess; but one thing I know, that most of them differ as much from the Apostle Paul, as the statue of the Holy Virgin in St. Peter’s Church, differs from the daughter of Eli, the wife of Joseph” (Alexander Campbell, Millennial Harbinger, Vol. 1, No. 2, February 1, 1830.)

    Alexander Campbell advocated the abandonment of creeds, opinions, traditions of men and such.  He pleaded for men and women to come out of sectarianism and unite on the Bible alone.  Unity on God’s Word, the Bible, is what God desires and demands.  Any position that seeks union at the expense of truth would not be embraced by Alexander Campbell and those who hold these truths.

     

     

     
  • drkenney 1:36 pm on 2014-04-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Alexander Campbell & Controversy 

    Sage of Bethany

    “If there was no error in principle or practice, then controversy, which is only another name for opposition to error, real or supposed, would be unnecessary. If it were lawful, or if it were benevolent, to make a truce with error, then opposition to it would be both unjust and unkind. If error were innocent and harmless, then we might permit it to find its own quietus, or to immortalize itself. But so long as it is confessed that error is more or less injurious to the welfare of society, individually and collectively considered, then no man can be considered benevolent who does not set his face against it. In proportion as a person is intelligent and benevolent, he will be controversial, if error exist around him. Hence the Prince of Peace never sheathed the sword of the Spirit while he lived. He drew it on the banks of the Jordan and threw the scabbard away.”

    — Alexander Campbell, “Religious Controversy,” Millennial Harbinger, Vol. 1, No. 1, January 4, 1830.

     
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    L. L. Brigance on the Right to Private Judgment 

    L L Brigance 1879-1950

    L L Brigance 1879-1950

    “Intolerance has ever been one of humanity’s greatest weaknesses.  We want others to agree with us–to see things like we see them, to believe, think, and act like we do.  And if they do not, we do not like it nor them.  We want to suspect their motives, declare them unsound, interdict them, ‘read them out of the party.’  Of course it is not only our right, but our duty, to insist upon the plain teaching of God’s word–to urge all men to follow it.  It is the divine standard, the infallible standard, the only standard of truth and duty.  But our opinions, preferences, prejudices, and judgments are an entirely different matter.  We have no right to insist upon anyone conforming to them.  To do so is to deny to men ‘the right of private judgment.’  Suppose that after diligent study I am in doubt as to the meaning of a passage of Scriptures.  I search the commentaries.  I find that ‘able men’ differ about it.  And ‘what shall we do when the doctors disagree?’  We must decide for ourselves…”  (L. L. Brigance, Theology of Three Restoration Documents, p. 22)

    To read a bit more about Hester Publications release of Brigance’s Theology of Three Restoration Documents, see here

     
  • drkenney 9:57 am on 2013-11-26 Permalink | Reply
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    “Light From Above” & Gospel Meeting w/Emanuel Daugherty 

    I preach for the church of Christ in Wadsworth, Ohio and also produce the television program “Light From Above”.  Our 2013 Fall Gospel Meeting was with Emanuel Daugherty.  Emanuel is a preacher I have admired since my pre-teen days.  We were thrilled he was willing to come into the WCTV studio and record his lessons for those locally and nationally when these air on Gospel Broadcasting Network at a future date.  For now, you can watch these lesson at the links provided below.

    2013 Fall Gospel Meeting at WadsworthWith Emanuel Daugherty

    Light From Above #86 Interview with Emanuel Daugherty

    http://my.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=702a109ca840f44ff4f8fe8f84a5e1d1

    Light From Above #87 Guest Speaker Emanuel Daugherty

    Ten Words About Jesus

    http://my.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=97c08536d20e569551901caca2c9f345

    Light From Above #88 Guest Speaker Emanuel Daugherty

    The Church and the Bible

    http://my.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=f63fa63a9a7ca58b5670e45461691560

    Light From Above #89 Guest Speaker Emanuel Daugherty

    Footsteps of Jesus

    http://my.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=7e856ff697a725bb9fed51b1b8e48be4

    Light From Above #90 Guest Speaker Emanuel Daugherty

    The New Birth

    http://my.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=be19db40d4e43c20fe1aefed2d4e1f2c

    Light From Above #91 Guest Speaker Emanuel Daugherty

    God’s Two Books

    http://my.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=f7e6d44a5bc554030fc967b7b414adc2

    Light From Above #92 Guest Speaker Emanuel Daugherty

    Some Things Our Children Need to Know

    http://my.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=b7d81bd8a10843aa6ae46e3dfda15d85

    Light From Above #93 Guest Speaker Emanuel Daugherty

    Three Things Needed for a Life Changing Event

    http://my.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=f65dd4ba1d90c10fd8fd3cf6698933af

    Also, thanks to all who voted for “Light From Above” in WCTV’s annual Clapper Awards.  We took Runner-Up, second place, for the second year in a row.  Not bad for a program that is less than two years old!

     
  • drkenney 11:23 am on 2013-05-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Martin Luther& The True Fountain 

    Martin Luther“Whoso is armed with the Text, the same is a right Pastor, and my best advice and counsel is, that we draw water out of the true Fountain; that is, diligently to read in the Bible. He is a learned Divine that is well grounded in the Text; for one text and sentence out of the Bible is of far more esteem and value than many writings and glosses, which neither are strong, sound, nor armour of proof.” — Martin Luther  (as quoted in Girdlestone’s Synonyms in the Old Testament — Their Bearing on Christian Doctrine, E-Sword Edition)

     
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    Alexander Campbell & the Most Reproachful Epithet of “Campbellite” 

    Alexander Campbell"The Sage of Bethany"

    Alexander Campbell
    “The Sage of Bethany”

    “Some religious editors in Kentucky call those who are desirous of seeing the ancient order of things restored, ‘The Restorationers,’ ‘the Campbellites,’ and the most reproachful epithets are showered upon them because they have some conscientious regard for the Divine Author and the divine authority of the New Testament–This may go down very well with some; but all who fear God and keep his commandments will pity and deplore the weaknesses and folly of those who either think to convince or to persuade by such means.”

    — Alexander Campbell, Christian Baptist, Buffaloe (Bethany), Brooke County, Virginia (West Virginia), Volume 4, Number 4, November 6, 1826.

     
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