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  • TFRStaff 4:28 am on 2016-11-29 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Gus Nichols’ Letter) 


    Following is a letter the late great gospel preacher Gus Nichols (1892-1975) wrote to his family at home in Jasper, AL during a meeting in which he was preaching in Montgomery, AL in 1938. It is a graphic description of the electrocution of two criminals at Kilby Prison, an Alabama state penitentiary in Montgomery. Leonard Johnson (mentioned in the letter) was co-founder of Montgomery Bible College, later Alabama Christian College, now Faulkner University. I assume brother Johnson was the local preacher where brother Nichols was conducting the meeting. I am indebted to Larry Whitehead of Birmingham, AL, editor of The Alabama Restoration Journal (currently in a state of suspension), for sharing this letter with me. I will alert the faint of heart that it is a horrifying description of what brothers Nichols and Johnson witnessed so many years ago. Too, this particular edition of “News & Views” is about twice as long as usual, but I did not want to divide the letter into two parts. It is as follows: (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 1:29 pm on 2014-04-30 Permalink | Reply
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    If you’re an imperfect sinner, quit sinning and start maturing 


    You’ve read this rant before, no doubt, but in the last week, the “imperfect sinner” hype has popped up before my eyes at least a dozen times. So I tweeted:

    There are several problems here with the use of “imperfect” and “sinner.” First, we’re using them in senses that are strange to the Bible. Don’t we proclaim to be a people who call Bible things by Bible names? If so, we need to change our language. (More …)

    • bgiselbach 1:10 pm on 2014-05-02 Permalink | Reply

      Great thoughts, and I agree completely. Calling yourself and “imperfect sinner” is similar to the phrase I often hear in prayers: “Please forgive us, for I know we sin daily.” Should we be thinking of ourselves as people who are sinning constantly? If so, something is wrong. Instead, we need to be “walking in the light” (1 John 1:7). And if our eyes are constantly set on Jesus, maybe we won’t be “sinning daily.” Let’s start acting like saints. Again, thanks for your wisdom. And thanks for the shout-out!

      • James Randal 1:41 pm on 2014-05-02 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ben, for the comment. We do recognize, of course, verses like Ja 3.2, but yeah we need to be thinking of righteous, right? Glad to!

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