“IS THERE NOT A CAUSE?”
The story of David and Goliath is known to every child who has ever attended Sunday School. It is found in the 17th chapter of the Old Testament book of I Samuel, and is the exciting story of how one who was “but a youth” (verse 33) killed with a single stone shot from a sling a Philistine giant who was over 9 feet tall (verse 4).
Before his encounter with the giant, David had been tending the sheep of his father Jesse. But Jesse wanted young David to visit his three older brothers who were soldiers in the Israelite army, see how they were doing, and take provisions to them and their captain. When David arrived at the Israelite encampment he learned of the challenge of Goliath. “Choose a man for yourselves, and let him come down to me. If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us” (verses 8-9). Of course, Goliath believed no one could win in a battle with him! Continue reading
MALAPROPISMS AND THINKING ABOUT THE CHURCH
Likely, I should be among the last to write under the above heading. I did not grow up in a family that always used correct grammar or that always used a word in the right sense. All who speak and write are susceptible of inadvertently using the wrong word, to being “off” in their thinking, and to not expressing themselves either orally or in writing as clearly as they might like. Yet, those of us who speak and write to advance the cause of Christ should strive for accuracy—in our thinking, in our speaking, and in our writing.
A malapropism is “misusing words, especially by the confusion of words that are similar in sound.” Many years ago in Clarksville, Tennessee I was preaching on the Lord’s Supper and made mention of a congregation that had two large silver “gobblers” from which the fruit of the vine was served—one for each side of the two sections of pews in the auditorium! I, of course, meant two large silver goblets. Continue reading
A PIECE OF RACIAL CHURCH HISTORY
In 1964 my family and I moved to Clarksville, Tennessee in order for me to serve as minister of the Madison Street Church of Christ. I was 26 years old and ambitious, but hopefully ambitious to serve the Lord on a wider field of opportunity. Clarksville was the home of a state university (Austin Peay) and a sprawling Army base (Fort Campbell).
When I moved to Clarksville the Madison Street church had between 400 and 500 members (considered to be a fairly large congregation as churches of Christ go), with a Sunday morning attendance commensurate with the membership. Of course, the attendance included children too young to be Christians, adult non-members, as well as visitors from the community, including a number of students from Austin Peay. Joe Morgan was president of the University and one of the church’s elders. Several other Austin Peay faculty were members at Madison Street. Continue reading
LETTER FROM A FARM KID
(The following is a letter a farm kid wrote home soon after joining the Marines. It has been around for a while, but I thought I would share it with my readers this week. Perhaps it will bring a smile to your face as we go through the winter doldrums. Be sure to read all the way to the surprise ending and enjoy.)
Dear Ma and Pa: Continue reading
NOTE TO SUBSCRIBERS OF “HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS:
Over the last few days I have received an inordinate number of requests for “An Open Letter To Christian Colleges, Schools of Preaching, And Bible Institutes,” my “News & Views” of January 24, 2017. Several on my mailing list have said they did not receive it. After receiving and reading “Responses To Open Letter,” my “News & Views” of January 31, 2017, several have written asking for the “Open Letter.”
I have answered each request. However, I would urge the readers to please check their spam, their deleted folder, or their block senders list to see if perhaps the “Open Letter” may have wound up in one of those locations.
Too, it would be helpful, to say nothing of being highly appreciated, if when you change your email address you would let me know. I have deleted some from my mailing list because the message came back as having been sent to an invalid address.
I might also mention that “Hugh’s News & Views” is published on three websites: Bloggers in the Churches of Christ, Searching for Truth, and Striving for Unity Through Sound Methods for Learning Truth. It can be accessed at these sites. It also is posted each week on my Facebook page and those who are my FB friends may access it there.
The “Open Letter” and the “Responses To Open Letter” have generated the largest number of responses and the greatest interest of any “Hugh’s News & Views” in my memory. Responses continue to come in every day. This is greatly appreciated. My sole purpose is to do only good and to advance the cause of our blessed Savior and Lord.
TFR Editor’s note: Brother Hugh’s emails are also posted here on TFR, under the tag “hughfulford,” with few exceptions when we were in transition from the old site. The emails he mentioned above are on the site and available at the links of their respective titles.
RESPONSES TO OPEN LETTER
Last week’s “An Open Letter To Our Christian Colleges, Schools of Preaching, And Bible Institutes” drew responses from all across the United States, as well as from native preachers in various parts of the world. A very positive response was received from a board member of one of our Christian universities (the only board member I heard from). Interestingly, no response was received in disagreement with anything I said, though I am not so naïve as to believe that everyone who read it agreed with it. Of the scores of responses received, here are a few.
“A hearty ‘amen’ to everything you said! It needs to be sent to every administrator, professor and board member of every one of the schools which claim to be Christian among us. It has long saddened me that my alma mater, David Lipscomb College, is not one I can recommend. My wife and I met there. We sent our three children there, but today we discourage young people from going there lest they lose their faith. If folks ask where I went to college, I usually tell them ‘David Lipscomb College’ and then add, ‘It’s not the same as Lipscomb University today – it is the same campus, but not the same school.’ ” (Gospel preacher for over 50 years, former missionary to Zambia and Australia, former instructor in various Schools of Preaching, preacher now in Tennessee for many years.) Continue reading
AN OPEN LETTER TO CHRISTIAN COLLEGES, SCHOOLS OF PREACHING, AND BIBLE INSTITUTES
This letter is written in sincere love and deep appreciation for all faithful Christian secondary schools, colleges, universities, Schools of Preaching, and Bible Institutes. I am a beneficiary of a Christian education (both high school and college), and have long been a proponent and supporter (financially and otherwise) of Christian education. Therefore, nothing that is said in this “Open Letter” is to be construed to mean that I am opposed to an academic education that takes place in institutions that are dedicated to providing a genuine Christian education (i.e., an education that honors the teaching of the divinely inspired word of God). Continue reading