Hugh’s News & Views (Notes & Quotes)

NOTES AND QUOTES

DAVID SHANNON SELECTED AS NEXT PRESIDENT OF FREED-HARDEMAN UNIVERSITY: I am thrilled with the choice of David Shannon as the next president of Freed-Hardeman University. I am confident that David is the very man needed to lead the school, and I join with hundreds of others in wishing him all the best in his new role. I am sure he will have the support and prayers of all of us who love Freed-Hardeman.

For the past 17 years, David has been practically a next door neighbor as he has served as the preacher for the Mount Juliet Church of Christ in Mount Juliet, TN. During his ministry the church has grown from some 500 members to over 1000. He is a master communicator and is as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar in “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” I am convinced that he will see to it that the university stays in “the old paths” of New Testament Christianity, something, sadly, that cannot be said of all the colleges and universities among us.

The university’s Board of Trustees is to be highly commended for making what I believe is an exceptionally wise choice for the presidency of Freed-Hardeman University.

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“CAMPBELLITES”: “I am not a ‘Campbellite.’ We managed to get past that pejorative epithet for the most part several decades ago. I am no more content with the current tag, ‘Stone-Campbell adherent.’ I have been added by God to Christ’s church. I am not, however, ‘a Church of Christ.’ I am a Christian.” (Cecil R. May, Jr., Preacher Talk).

In spite of the biblical clarity of the preceding, there are those (even some who like to view themselves as scholars) who do not know how to speak and write of the church or of their relationship to the Lord except in the most pronounced denominational terms. I marvel!

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PRAISE BAND/TEAM: A recent “News & Views” raised the question, “On the day the church was established, who were the members of the Praise Band/Team?” A reader has cited Acts 10:1 as identifying at least one of the members: “Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band.” Sorry, DHP, but that won’t work. I am sure you know that text is not a reference to a musical band but to a military regiment. And, yes, I know you were being highly facetious, but it is about as good an answer as people can come up with when they have no real scripture for their practice.

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Saturday, April 22, was designated as “Earth Day.” That evening on the CBS News a fellow was being interviewed who said that his greatest fear of the future was “climate change.” Well, yes, as a matter of fact, all humanity is in for a huge “climate change.” The Bible tells us that at the second coming of Christ “the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up . . . Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (II Peter 2:10-13). This present earth will be consumed and replaced with the eternal abode of the righteous, otherwise known in Scripture as “heaven” (II Corinthians 5:1, et al). The wicked and disobedient, on the other hand, will “have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8) and where “the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night . . .” (Revelation 15:11).

Yes, “climate change” is coming—real climate change! In eternity which section do you prefer—smoking or non-smoking?

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TRANSGENDERISM: In this postmodern world of transgenderism I suppose it is possible for the Fuller Brush Man and the Avon Lady to be the same person.

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SAVED UNCONDITIONALLY?: “If man is saved without any condition, and the Lord does not save them all, all alien sinners, and one is as mean as the other and just as good as the other, why does the Lord not save them all? If the Lord saves one alien sinner without any condition, will he not save them all that way? If not, why not?” (F. B. Srygley, Christian, in a debate with C. H. Cayce, Primitive Baptist, in Nashville, Tennessee, December 25-30, 1911, in which Mr. Cayce affirmed: “God gives eternal life to an alien sinner without a condition upon his (the sinner’s) part, and the Scriptures so teach,” Cayce-Srygley Discussion, Nashville, TN: McQuiddy Printing Company [1912], p. 26).

Hugh Fulford May 2, 2017

Speaking Schedule:
May 7: Bethany Church of Christ, Franklin, KY (Family & Friends Day)
May 9: Old Philadelphia Church of Christ, Warren County, TN

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