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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 …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:14 pm on 2016-09-02 Permalink | Reply
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    Phil Sanders: letter was ‘merciless pointing of fingers’ 

    If the letter had spoken of the need for every heart to judge himself to see whether he permits himself to be bigoted and racist, I would have appreciated it; but the merciless pointing of fingers speaks as much of the accusers as the accused.

    via TV host on open letter about racism: ‘Merciless pointing of fingers’ – Brotherhood News

  • TFRStaff 5:54 am on 2015-12-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Inconvenient Truth) 


    In 2006 Davis Guggenheim produced a documentary film of former vice-president Al Gore’s campaign to educate people about global warming (more recently referred to as climate change). The title of the documentary was “An Inconvenient Truth.” Regardless of one’s view about the subject matter of that documentary, it is a fact that the Bible sets forth truth that many find inconvenient and which they wish to evade or “explain away.” (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:34 am on 2014-12-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Wisdom and faithfulness of God amid the challenges 

    We don’t often post editorials over on Brotherhood News. Nor do we often post them on controversial topics, at least, that I recall, nor as lengthy as the one that appears today. So this rare bird might just be worth your while.


    The Lord’s church is blessed not to be a company, nor to have a hierarchy where men lord it over others, nor even to have means to settle an issue across the brotherhood, but I play with the idea of naming “culture” as the word of the year, as one dictionary publisher has just done.

    The wisdom of God has not lashed us together in such a way that if a few go astray, all sink with them them. What does unite us is the Lord Jesus Christ himself, who is our center and who permeates the whole out to the very edges. So my Forthright Magazine editorial goes, from yesterday.


    Our times seem critical, but each age possesses its challenges. I long ago tired of presidential elections touted as being the most important ever, with more at risk than before. Perhaps. Or perhaps it’s a mere election tactic. Let us not fall for our own fearful thoughts that our age is worse and more critical than at any other time in history. Let us meet the progressives and counter as we may their influence, while we rejoice in the faithfulness of God toward his people in this and every age.

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:39 pm on 2014-12-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Two sad stories, of very different kinds, on Brotherhood News today, one from Tenn., another from Ala.


    • James 8:49 am on 2014-12-05 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, both sad and both resulting from disobedience to the Word of God.

  • TFRStaff 4:42 am on 2014-09-30 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh's News & Views (Descent Of Modernists) 


    Ed Bragwell and I were fellow students at Freed-Hardeman College back in the mid-1950s. Ed has preached the gospel for all or parts of at least seven decades (as have I), and only in fairly recent months has he retired from full-time ministry. He continues to edit a publication, “The Reflector,” and is kind enough to send me a digitized copy of it each month.

    Ed is a good writer, and while he and I disagree on a few matters, I appreciate his commitment to the divine inspiration and authority of the Scriptures, the great fundamentals of “the faith once for all delivered to the saints,” and the undenominational church set forth on the pages of the New Testament. (More …)

    • Loy Pressley 5:23 am on 2014-09-30 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Brother, for always speaking the truth in love.

    • Jack 11:06 am on 2014-09-30 Permalink | Reply

      Well stated list of those who reject the faith. My experience of the falling away:

      1 Not knowing the GOD who is_ HE does not meet their expectations.
      2 That was then_ and not now.

    • Janice Horne 10:14 pm on 2014-10-02 Permalink | Reply

      Brother Hugh, can I subscribe to “Hugh’s Views and News” by email? janice@jadebooks.com Thanks! –Janice Horne, Bethlehem in Lebanon, TN

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:00 am on 2014-07-05 Permalink | Reply
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    Arrogant author 

    Just from the book title and description, it seems the author of this book needs to get over himself and his arrogant ideas, in order to submit to the will of God.

    As Churches of Christ leave the isolation that too often has characterized our past and move into fellowship with other Christ-followers, can we really escape the doctrines that have imprisoned us? Is it possible that what we have thought of as our marks of identity are really signs of self idolatry, the tendency to put our beliefs, our ideas, even ourselves on the same level as Jesus?

    This short book takes a look at the logic that has trapped us inside our own beliefs and suggests that in order to follow Christ, we need to get over ourselves.

    (More …)

    • Rick 6:37 am on 2014-07-05 Permalink | Reply

      Same old lingo, new package

    • Randal 6:48 am on 2014-07-05 Permalink | Reply

      Yup, yup.

    • John Henson 11:03 am on 2014-07-05 Permalink | Reply

      Amen, brethren.

    • James 11:21 am on 2014-07-05 Permalink | Reply

      Ironic that they so often lambaste us for believing we can study God’s Word and know what He wants from us, but at the same time they are so sure that what we have found in the scriptures must be wrong.

    • Jack Wirtz 4:40 am on 2014-07-06 Permalink | Reply

      Well there they go again…

      • Randal 7:00 am on 2014-07-06 Permalink | Reply

        Haven’t heard that phrase in a while, unfortunately.

  • J. Randal Matheny 2:17 pm on 2014-04-24 Permalink | Reply
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    So how are you different by being like everyone else? 

    different-sameTwitter is rolling out its new profile formats, which resemble Facebook, which in turn changed to look more like Google+. It must presage the Great Convergence. Run!

    Google, I believe I wrote earlier, is working off an ancient functional idea for its format: the 3×5 card. Simplicity rules. Except in the Lord’s church, where not a few want to complicate by innovation.

    ¶ Speaking of which, last night in our home reading group, we read all of 1 Corinthians 4, in which Paul apparently makes yet another application of that well known rule among Christians: “Don’t go beyond what is written” v. 6. (More …)

  • TFRStaff 1:48 pm on 2014-01-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Progressive: a different marketing strategy 

    Progressives have always hung around the church. Keystones of the progressive agenda have been, and continue to be things like: (1) instrumental music in worship; (2) gender neutrality (read: women’s role in the church). Progressives really want one thing: control. And since they don’t have the satisfaction of God’s approval, they desperately crave yours. But they can’t just ask for it, so how do they get it?

    Progressivism is sleight-of-hand. Progressives like to harp about things being archaic and outdated. They propose freedom from the shackles of religious tradition. They know the old saying, “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it,” so they break things, and patent the fix. Watch carefully now, or you’ll miss the trick. Here’s how it works:

    1. Take an authorized biblical practice (a capella music in worship)
    2. Redefine it (label it “archaic tradition”)
    3. Design, package and sell a “better” product (instrumental worship)
    4. Put the icing on the cake: dub this “scholarship” (of course, anyone who disagrees is a dunce, and outdated.

    This little trick will work on any doctrine or practice a person no longer endorses.

    It’s not as if we weren’t warned:

    “These are grumblers, malcontents, following their own sinful desires; they are loud- mouthed boasters, showing favoritism to gain advantage. But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, ‘In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.’ It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit” (Jude vv.16-19; cf. Php. 3:18-19)

    —Rick Kelley, Prestonsburg KY church bulletin

  • Richard Mansel 8:44 pm on 2013-06-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Great Quote about Progressives and Grace 

    “Progressives Christians love to talk about grace except when they have to extend it to someone who has offended their political reality.” [Maria Dixon].

    Sadly, that is true. People on both ends of the political spectrum have their politics tied too closely to their Christianity. BTW, this quote comes from a thoughtful essay by a Southern Black woman on the Paula Deen situation.

  • J. Randal Matheny 4:59 pm on 2013-05-31 Permalink | Reply
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    “Appeasement does not protect one from danger; instead, it fortifies the danger itself.” —Jose Maria Aznar

    When will some elders learn this truth?


    • Ron McElyea 7:52 am on 2013-06-01 Permalink | Reply

      This brought to mind 2 Tim 2:15 and James 4:7…

      • J. Randal Matheny 10:07 am on 2013-06-01 Permalink | Reply

        I had to resist throwing in a bunch of verses that came to my mind. So it’s good to get those in, to reinforce the point. Thanks, always good to hear from you!

    • John Henson 8:03 pm on 2013-06-02 Permalink | Reply

      VERY good question!

  • J. Randal Matheny 4:04 pm on 2013-03-21 Permalink | Reply
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    Evangelism without the word 

    A modest contribution to the audio department is a sermon I preached Mar. 10 on evangelism. My text was Ep 4.6, a verse which has neither the word evangelism nor the term gospel in it. The last of the seven ones. So how did I manage that? You’ll have to listen to figure it out. Is only 24 minutes. Or will I have to compete with Duck Dynasty for your time?

    • Speaking of audio, I have a head cold, or something, that has sent my voice range into the lowest possible range of human hearing. Lower than my son The Middleman’s envious bass. Volume I don’t have, but James Earl Jones has nothing on me. Last night, I decided not to cancel our home Bible reading, and “bravely” muddle through the hour. (Was that a slight in disguise?) One participant told me she liked my new voice. But in a day or two, it’ll be back to its normal tenor.

    • What baffles one rings another’s bell. I think Twitter’s cool (seven years old today, this service), others still say they’ve not figured it out. What baffles me is LinkedIn.com. I’m on it, but question whether it has any useful purpose. Must have, considering how many use it. I’ll chalk it up to my obtuseness.

    • Earlier in the day I watched the live broadcast of Jonathan Last speaking on the decline of the birth rate, on the Heritage Foundation site. Quite interesting. Wondering what implications it might have for the church and its mission. There are going to be fewer people around, says Mr. Last. There will be fewer in the church too unless we’re bringing more in. (Wouldn’t his surname be a great one for a disciple?)

    • A recent lesson: I’d like to think that the faithful people of God show solidarity to their own, without coverups of sin. No straggler left behind. No brother or sister left to fend for themselves, or defend themselves without support. I’ve seen the good side of it, and hope and pray it’s a general trait of ours. I try to remember to do that, but I sometimes feel it’s from a distance, and feeble.

    • A brother asked me how the favorite-verse project was going. It has stopped, basically. I invited, instructed, helped a number get registered and going, but I don’t have time nor inclination to cajole, wheedle, or pamper. What’s there, written by some Very Good Guys, is very good. Just a shame everyone hasn’t done their piece.

    • A lesson about why politics is not for Christians: Ohio Sen. Rob Portman comes out in support of same-sex marriage after his son revealed he’s homosexual. Preibus, RNC chair, supports Portman. Not a few voices recommend change of the Republican Party to push same-sex marriage. The few times I’ve ever considered joining the Republicans, they do something stupid and immoral and remind me why it’s better to stay away.

    • I want to like the ESV, but renderings like this make me wary: “I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress” (Psa 17.3c). That’s awkward. And very close to the KJV, more so than the RSV from which the version was tweaked. Much better is the NET: “I am determined I will say nothing sinful.” (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 8:12 pm on 2012-03-16 Permalink | Reply
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    Doctrine Matters 

    by Johnny O. Trail

    A sermon provided from an online church source seeks to expand the role of women in the worship assembly. It is incredible to consider the lengths that some are willing to go to legitimize unscriptural practices. The error contained in this series regarding the role of women in worship is legion in nature and space would not allow an adequate refutation of doctrines espoused by the one proclaiming the message. One or two comments deserve some attention.

    In arguing for expanding the role of women, the speaker says, “Jesus saves and not our doctrine.” In another place, the same speaker says that we are “safe in Jesus not in law keeping.” The implication of these statements seems clear—doctrine regarding practice and observance of worship is not important. Students of God’s word beg to differ. (More …)

  • J. Randal Matheny 7:52 pm on 2012-02-10 Permalink | Reply
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    So let’s dance in the aisles 

    by J. Randal Matheny © 2012

    We are tired of the hymns, with the limits we’re bored,
    So let’s dance in the aisles, as we sup with the Lord,
    We will tear up the carpet and throw out the old,
    In this city where everything’s big, we are bold.
    The young women are swooning, the men good to swing,
    Play a tune with a beat, we refuse just to sing.
    You’ve not seen it all yet, we’re not done as we change,
    We reject what’s familiar, and import the strange.
    Swing the doors for the crowds, tweak the church to the max,
    In with gospels and grace, down with crosses and Acts.
    We’re all brothers in Christ, matters not what your group,
    What’s important is staying in a bigger world’s loop.
    We’re progressives for Jesus, nothing heavy — we’re hip,
    As we travel to heaven, on one big, happy ship.
    We’ll be bigger fish swimming in bigger fish ponds,
    So we dive for the new, as we cut the old bonds.
    We got love overflowing, with sinners we’re cool,
    But no patience with fogies—out with rules is the rule!

    • John Henson 9:48 pm on 2012-02-10 Permalink | Reply


    • tina 1:12 am on 2012-02-11 Permalink | Reply


    • Mike Riley 10:07 am on 2012-02-11 Permalink | Reply

      Randal, sounds like the Postmodernism mantra – throw out all those old out-of-date rules!

    • Weylan Deaver 10:52 am on 2012-02-11 Permalink | Reply

      You wish poetry could be made of happier stuff, but great job pinpointing the inconvenient truth that you really can’t run from rules, conceptually. All you can do is decide which rules you’ll go by–your own or the Lord’s.

      • J. Randal Matheny 11:06 am on 2012-02-11 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the comments, y’all. Mike, yup, that’s their idea. Weylan, reckon when we get to heaven our poetry will be like that, all sugar and spice and everything nice? 🙂

        • Weylan Deaver 11:09 am on 2012-02-11 Permalink | Reply

          I know we will have songs there–nothing I know of precludes the presence of poetry. After we sing the “New Song,” maybe we can collaborate on a new “New Song.”

          • J. Randal Matheny 11:11 am on 2012-02-11 Permalink | Reply

            Sounds like a plan to me, brother! Maybe we can start with, “Heaven was certainly worth it all!”

  • TFRStaff 5:05 am on 2011-12-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Ask your ‘doctor’ about Progressivor today 

    Note: Hugh Fulford now posts his "news and views" on his blog, but since we have his permission to use his material, it was hard to resist posting this.

    Are you tired of walking in "the strait and narrow way"? Are you finding that to "abide in the doctrine of Christ" is too restrictive? Does the mere mention of "the old paths" make you nauseated or send you into fits of rage against "antiquated thinking"? Are you finding it dull and boring to do all "in the name of the Lord Jesus"? Would you like to be able to enjoy greater freedom and more flexibility in your moral life . . . to loosen up and have more fun? Would you like to enjoy a more entertaining atmosphere in worship (whenever you may decide to attend worship)? Would you like to have a more broadminded and inclusive attitude toward the different religious beliefs and viewpoints that are out there in today’s world? Then ask your D.D. ("Doctor of Divinity"), pastor, preacher, or priest about Progressivor. This medication has been on the market for several years, and has helped many to a more carefree, less restrictive religious life. It also is available in a generic brand known as Liberaluce.

    This drug has worked wonders in the lives of thousands. It has enabled people to throw off old fogy moral values and to enjoy a wide range of sexual pleasures, including sex before marriage, sex outside of marriage, sex with others although married, sex with those of the same gender, as well as a variety of other sexual activities (whatever floats your boat). It permits a person to divorce and remarry as often as he or she chooses to do so, and for whatever reason is convenient, or simply to live together without being married at all. In short, it allows a person to be religious without having to be righteous.

    Regular doses of Progressivor have proven to broaden one’s tolerance of all kinds of religion, including Hinduism, Shintoism, Buddhism, Islam, Secularism, "New Age-ism," as well as the various "brands" of Christianity. Progressivor aids in the adoption of a "salad bar" type of religion which allows one to pick and choose bits and pieces from various religious traditions and to reject those parts that do not meet with one’s own wisdom and approval. Progressivor immunes one from strict adherence to the Bible because the developers of Progressivor have determined that the Bible is wrong about many things.

    Progressivor allows for entertaining worship services that really resonate and "rock" in today’s culture. Guitars, banjos, fiddles, saxophones, trumpets, and percussions are all allowed. Just sit back and enjoy the show. There is no charge for admission. At some point a plate or basket may be passed through the audience and you will be invited to "pay," but you should feel free to "pay" only what you feel like "paying." ("Church" really can turn out to be a rather cheap way to enjoy some good entertainment). And the program is likely to feature a very entertaining speaker (either man or woman) who is able to deliver "one liners" as well as (or better than) any late night TV host you have ever heard. In short, Progressivor is a modern religious "wonder drug." Be sure to ask your "Doctor" about it today.

    Potential harmful side effects of Progressivor include blurred vision, resulting in not being able to see at any distance. Total spiritual blindness has been known to occur in some cases. Progressivor is also known to result in deterioration of the backbone, weak knees, indistinct and misleading speech patterns, confused thinking, and ultimately eternal death (Romans 6:23). Be sure to check with your "Doctor" before taking Progressivor. Depending upon his view of God, the Scriptures, religion, and life in general, as well as his respect for the Great Physician, he may or may not recommend it. Progressivor is not for those who want to please God and live forever with Him in heaven. But for those who do not believe in either Heaven or Hell, or who believe in the former but not in the latter, Progressivor may be just the religious medication you have been looking for.

    Hugh Fulford
    December 6, 2011
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