Hugh’s News & Views (Baffling Things)

BAFFLING THINGS

Paying more for a riding lawnmower that we used to pay for a brand new car.

Paying more for a new car than we used to pay for a house.

Laundering bath towels. (Aren’t we clean when we use them?)

Why we men say we need a haircut. Do we pay a barber $15-$20 to cut a single hair, or do we not in fact get a bunch of hairs cut when we go to the barber shop? Continue reading

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Hugh’s News & Views (Peace)

PEACE

Tragically, our country, Western Europe, and, increasingly, the world as a whole, are divided between traditional values and postmodern values. This division is seen in all elements of our culture—political, religious, academia, social mores, et al. Partisanship and polarity, chaos and confusion seem to reign. In contrast to this is the peace that we all desire (or at least say that we desire) and that God alone can give.

Ronald D. Reeves, minister of the College Avenue Church of Christ in my boyhood hometown of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, in a recent issue of the church’s bulletin, called attention to a number of scriptures having to do with peace. I invite your thoughtful reflection on some of them. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Hugh’s News & Views (Swift To Hear . . .)

SWIFT TO HEAR, SLOW TO SPEAK

Two weeks ago our “News & Views” essay posed some questions for Christians about the church. Last week we asked some questions concerning New Testament Christianity. The two essays were intended to complement each other and to allow us to check up on ourselves to see just how well acquainted we are with New Testament teaching about the church and the distinctiveness of New Testament Christianity. How did you do on those questions? Continue reading

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Hugh’s News & Views (. . . Christianity)

QUESTIONS CONCERNING NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIANITY

Last week we wrote under the caption “Questions For Christians About The Church.” This week, as a sequel, we write of “Questions Concerning New Testament Christianity.” Continue reading

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Hugh’s News & Views (Questions . . .)

QUESTIONS FOR CHRISTIANS ABOUT THE CHURCH

1. What is the church? (Write a simple one sentence definition of the church.)

2. When did the church first exist in the mind of God?

3. Was the church a subject of Old Testament prophecy?

4. Who was the founder of the church?

5. When was the church established as a historical reality? Continue reading

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Hugh’s News & Views (A Bruised Reed . . .)

A BRUISED REED AND SMOKING FLAX

Matthew, an apostle of Christ, said of Jesus, “A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench, Till He sends forth justice to victory” (Matthew 12:20). This statement is part of a larger quotation from Isaiah 42:1-4, and Matthew’s use of it is the only time this particular prophecy is quoted in the New Testament. (Note: Flax was a plant from which linen and other products were made.)

In context, both Isaiah and Matthew are talking about Christ as God’s Servant, “My Beloved, in whom My soul is well pleased,” the One upon whom God would put His Spirit, the One who would “declare justice to the Gentiles,” and the One “in [whose] name Gentiles will trust” (Matthew 12:18-21). In short, it is a text relating to the redemptive work of Christ, not only for the Jews but also for the Gentiles. Continue reading

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