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  • TFRStaff 2:13 pm on 2015-03-30 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh's News & Views (No Interpretation) 

    “SUPPOSE I HAVE NO INTERPRETATION OF THE BIBLEĀ ON ANY SUBJECT”

    In the June 15, 2014 issue of the Auburn Beacon, bulletin of the University Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama, Andy Sochor had an article regarding the “Heresy Trial” of Robert Wallace Officer (1845-1930). R. W. Officer, at one point in his life, served as a missionary for the Liberty Baptist Association.

    During this six-year period, he faced several charges of heresy (i.e., of not preaching standard Baptist doctrine), and eventually was arraigned before the Association that met with the Poplar Creek Church in Limestone County, Alabama, and tried for heresy. (More …)

     
  • Richard Mansel 12:31 pm on 2014-10-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Thoughts on a Curious Passage 

    There is a very curious passage in two of the Gospels. It’s hard to initially see any point in them. Yet all of Scripture has a place and a purpose, so we have to study and find it.

    When faced with a tough passage, you study what others have said and you are somewhat relieved when none of them know either. There are verses that are just perplexing. But we persevere, nonetheless. (More …)

     
    • dhparker 12:55 pm on 2014-10-28 Permalink | Reply

      I guess I never really studied other people’s opinions of this, but always applied the old saying, “nature abhors a vacuum”. When God washes me as I obey the gospel, my “house” is, at that moment, clean and in order and ready for God’s presence. If I don’t get busy making sure it’s furnished with things that will keep Him there–righteousness and love and good works, study of the word and prayer–then there would be nothing to prevent the evil coming back and filling up the empty place with even more evil.

    • James 12:59 pm on 2014-10-28 Permalink | Reply

      Minus the miraculous aspect of demon possession that Jesus uses in his example to the people of his day, I think the message is that if you try to clean things up, get the evil out of yourself or even your society, and are even seemingly successful; it is temporary success if the evil is not replaced with godliness, or filled with God’s spirit. Israel repented at the preaching of John, but then the majority did not accept Christ.

  • Richard Hill 3:01 pm on 2010-12-13 Permalink | Reply
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    Right in our own eyes 

    My wife and I have been watching a new show called, Blue Bloods, on CBS. Tom Selleck plays the lead role of Frank Reagan, New York City Police Commissioner. On a recent episode when complimented for making a good, but tough decision, he made an interesting reply.

    “It’s a funny thing about decisions. You don’t. . .have to talk yourself into the right ones.”

    I’ve thought on that quote quite a bit. It seems to assume an honest person who wants to do the right thing. I say that since a lot of people have to be talked into doing the right thing.

    It also connects to the way we interpret scripture. Straight forward interpretations have an automatic edge over convoluted complex ones.

    I often see a direct correlation between lengthy complicated explanations and rationalizations.

    It gets back to honesty and intent. Do we want to know what the scripture really says or are we forcing an interpretation we prefer?

    Deep down we often know or at least suspect the right answer. It’s just not the one we want. It’s dangerous to make decisions and interpretations based solely on feelings.

     
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