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  • TFRStaff 2:23 pm on 2016-11-07 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Adjusting The Bible) 


    In the October 22 edition of The (Nashville) Tennessean, Heidi Hall, former religion editor, published a piece in the “Faith and Values” column of the newspaper that carried the headline, “Nashville publisher’s new release isn’t your mother’s Bible.” On the day the column appeared I made some comments about it on my Facebook page, but want to add to those remarks in this edition of “Hugh’s New & Views.” (More …)

  • TFRStaff 6:23 am on 2016-11-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh Fulford (“I’d Give A Pretty”) 

    “I’D GIVE A PRETTY . . .”

    One of the fond memories of my childhood is spending several days each summer with each set of my grandparents. All of my grandparents lived within thirty miles of our home and we spent much time together, not only in the summer, but throughout the year during holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, as well as at other times. (More …)

    • James McFerrin 9:00 pm on 2016-11-01 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, I’d give a pretty too. That was one of my dad’s expressions too. I had not thought of that in many years.

  • TFRStaff 2:07 pm on 2016-10-24 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (The Only Ones) 


    Following His earthly ministry, Christ returned to heaven to prepare a beautiful eternal home for the saved (John 14:1-3). It has often been said that “heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.” While the Lord is not willing that any should be lost (II Peter 3:9), the fact remains that not everyone will be saved (Matthew 7:13-14). Jesus also spoke of a place prepared for the devil and his angels and said that the lost would be assigned to that place (Matthew 25:41). (More …)

  • TFRStaff 6:09 am on 2016-10-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Leave A Denomination) 


    Last week we wrote about why people leave the church for a denomination. This week we write about why people leave a denomination for the church.

    Down through the ages of apostasy as reflected in Catholicism and Protestant denominationalism, many honest souls caught up in sectarian error have been taught and/or have read and studied their way out of denominationalism.

    Why does one leave a denomination founded by man to be a member of the church established by Christ? (More …)

  • TFRStaff 2:28 pm on 2016-10-10 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Why Do People Leave . . .) 


    Prior to the mid-20th century seldom did one hear of a member of the church of Christ leaving the church to join a denomination. There were, of course, exceptions because throughout the history of the church there have been defections from the one faith (Ephesians 4:5). Still, it was a rare thing for one to leave the church for a denomination. (More …)

  • TFRStaff 5:53 am on 2016-10-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Squeaky Wheel) 


    Over the years since I started sending out these weekly essays, I have addressed a wide variety of matters, but some subjects get more attention than others. Brotherhood journals likewise address a wide range of subjects, but some subjects are addressed more frequently than others. In their annual Bible lectureships, Christian universities that have remained true to the purpose of their founders, Bible Institutes, and Schools of Preaching will be careful to address the entire gamut of Bible teaching, but some items will get more attention than others. Local churches in their teaching and preaching programs, in their gospel meetings, and in other special events will address some subjects more often than others. In all of these various venues, why do some subjects receive more attention than others?” Perhaps the following little ditty will explain why. (More …)

  • TFRStaff 1:55 pm on 2016-09-26 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Ed Temple) 


    And who, you ask, was Ed Temple? Well, for 41 years he was the women’s track and field coach at Tennessee State University, a predominantly black university in Nashville. Mr. Temple passed from this life on Thursday, September 22, 2016, two days past his 89th birthday. (More …)

  • TFRStaff 4:51 am on 2016-09-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (The Resurrection Body) 


    In the long, long ago—probably at least two thousand years before the birth of Christ—the grand old patriarch Job asked the question, “If a man dies, shall he live again” (Job 14:14a)? Given the suffering he was going through at the time as a test of his faith in God, it is not easy to determine the attitude with which Job asked this question. A look at the larger context indicates that it may have been asked in a moment of cynicism. Earlier Job had said, “Man decays like a rotten thing, Like a garment that is moth-eaten” (13:28). He went on to say, “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and fades away; He flees like a shadow and does not continue” (14:1-2). He lamented, “But man dies and is laid away; indeed he breathes his last and where is he” (14:10)? (More …)

  • TFRStaff 3:39 pm on 2016-09-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (New Heavens) 


    The Holy Scriptures are abundantly clear as to the ultimate destiny of this present physical universe, including the heavens and earth where mankind now lives. The apostle Peter wrote: (More …)

  • TFRStaff 5:25 am on 2016-09-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (The 1950s) 

    THE 1950s

    No decade saw greater changes in my life than the 1950s. When the decade started I was a seventh grader in Junior High School in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. When the decade ended I was a few months into my second full-time ministry with a congregation of the Lord’s people! As the old saying goes, a lot of water went over the dam during those ten years.

    When the decade began Harry Truman was president of the United States. When it ended Dwight D. Eisenhower was president. Truman and Ike were our only presidents from the time I was seven years old until I was twenty-three years old! The Korean War occurred in the early years of the decade of the 50s, and Elvis burst on the scene in the middle of the decade. Elvis’ stage gyrations were thought to be sexually suggestive, but compared to what showed up in the 60s and later, Elvis was tame! Plus, Elvis could sing, while many of those who followed only knew how to scream and holler! Pat Boone, then a member of the church of Christ, also came on the scene in the 1950sa clean-cut crooner with a milky smooth voice. (More …)

  • TFRStaff 3:49 pm on 2016-08-29 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Context) 


    The sixty-six divinely inspired documents that constitute our Bible are the totality of God’s revelation to mankind. Every specific text must be studied in the light of its context, and no immediate text is to be understood in such a way as to conflict with the total text of divine scripture. (More …)

  • TFRStaff 5:08 am on 2016-08-23 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (The Lord’s Table) 


    To His apostles Christ said, “And I appoint for you a kingdom, as My Father has appointed for Me, that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Luke 22:29-30).

    The kingdom in which the table of the Lord is located and in which Christ appointed His apostles to judge is a spiritual kingdom (see John 18:36; et al). The rule/judgment of the apostles in this kingdom is spiritual, not earthly and physical. “The twelve tribes of Israel” refer, not to fleshly Israel, but to the New Testament people of God, spiritual Israel (see Romans 2:28-29; Galatians 6:16). As the great scholar J. W. McGarvey said with reference to a related text (Matthew 19:28), “During their personal ministry they [the apostles, hf] judged in person; since then they judge through their writings” (Commentary on Matthew, p. 170). (More …)

  • TFRStaff 2:06 pm on 2016-08-15 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (The Kingdom) 


    There is certainly a sense in which the omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Creator-God of heaven and earth rules over the entire universe. In his benediction, Jude wrote: “To God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen” (Jude 25). On the other hand, nothing is more obvious than the fact that since the fall of mankind in the garden of Eden (Genesis 3), the majority of God’s creation has been in rebellion to Him. The apostle John, writing to Christians near the end of the first century A.D., said, “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the wicked one” (I John 5:19). The apostle Paul showed that there are two spiritual realms when he affirmed that Christians have been delivered “from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of the Son of His love” (Colossians 1:13). Everybody is in one or the other of these domains: the power of darkness (the kingdom of Satan) or the realm of spiritual light (the kingdom of God’s dear Son) (Cf. Ephesians 5:8). (More …)

  • TFRStaff 5:02 am on 2016-08-09 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Default Mindset) 


    According to computer technology and terminology, a “default” is “a pre-selected option or a pre-designed value or setting.” For example, when I started typing this article the page appeared in the format that I had previously designated for the settings I would like for all the pages to have when I type these essays. I do not have to re-set the borders of the pages, the type style, the font size, etc. each time I compose an article. All of these things have already been determined and “saved” to the default setting for all “News and Views” essays. (More …)

  • TFRStaff 1:55 pm on 2016-08-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Retirement) 


    It is hard to believe that I have now been retired from full-time ministry for sixteen years! On July 31, 2000, I completed a five year ministry with the Houston Park Church of Christ in Selma, Alabama. I was only sixty-two years old, but at that point I had served as a full-time preacher for churches of Christ for over forty-two years. Jan and I bought a home in Gallatin, Tennessee, and on August 4, 2000 we completed our move to what has now been our home for the past sixteen years. We have lived longer in our present house than anywhere else we have ever lived. (If I had my local church ministry to do over, I would not move as often as I did.) (More …)

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