More Bible or Better Hermeneutics?


As I noted yesterday, my recent claim that more Bible is the solution to the problems of the church attracted some disagreement.  The comments I fielded in that blog post were similar to each other, but this one makes a different kind of argument.  It reads, Continue reading


More Bible or More Virtue?

Last week, I wrote about the problem of the development of authoritative tradition within churches of Christ.  Though I don’t believe that either I or anyone else know the extent of this problem, I think few would dispute its existence.  I suggested that the cure for the disease was, simply, more Bible.  The more we are willing to return to the word and the word only, the more we are willing to follow wherever it leads, the more we will move away from human tradition.

As a rule, simple solutions to complicated problems are either elegant or (more commonly) simplistic.  Not surprisingly, I collected some thoughtful comments that suggested that I had fallen into the latter error.  With the commenters’ permission, I’m going to address two of them in this post.  They are as follows: Continue reading

The Secret Things

Many Christians don’t venture deeply into the wilds of Deuteronomy, but Deuteronomy 29:29 is a text that is relevant for everybody who thinks deeply about spiritual things.  In it, Moses says, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”  God has all the answers, but we should never expect more of them than we need to obey Him.

This is profoundly important.  By nature, I’m an intellectually curious guy.  I don’t have to think very long before I can come up with a Biblical question I can’t find the answer to.  Is Satan a created being?  What is the precise nature of the relationship between the Father, the Son, and the Spirit?  Why do sinless children sometimes suffer and die? Continue reading

Doors of Opportunity

In Colossians 4:3, Paul urges the church in Colossae to pray that God will open a door for the word so that Paul can proclaim the gospel to the lost.  Not surprisingly, for as long as I’ve been a Christian, I’ve heard Christians similarly praying that God will open doors.  I think it’s wonderful practice to do exactly that.

However, I’m not at all sure that brethren are as comfortable with recognizing and going through doors as they are praying for them.  It’s one thing to be abstractly in favor of evangelism; it’s quite another to look at a friend or a neighbor and say, “That’s someone who might well be receptive to the gospel, so I’m going to talk to them about it!”  It doesn’t do a lot of good, though, to constantly be crying out to God for opportunities while neglecting the ones we have.  This evening, then, let’s consider the subject of doors of opportunity. Continue reading

The Case for the Resurrection

When it comes to our faith, there is no more important question than whether or not Jesus was raised from the dead.  If He was raised, everything else about our faith stands.  If He was not raised, everything else about it falls.  The resurrection is the cornerstone of Christianity.

However, this creates problems when we talk about our faith with unbelievers.  We accept the resurrection because we accept the Bible as inspired; they reject the resurrection because they don’t accept the inspiration of Scripture.  There, the matter tends to rest.

A few years ago, though, I encountered a book that offers a solution to this religious impasse.  It’s called The Case for the Resurrection, by Gary Habermas and Michael Licona.  Frankly, I think their method is brilliant.  Rather than considering the Scriptures from faith, they adopt the approach of scholarly skepticism.  They ask, “What are the things that nearly all scholars of the Bible, believers, agnostics, and atheists alike, agree are true?”  Then, using only this evidence accepted by the scholarly consensus, they are still able to establish as a historical fact that Jesus rose from the dead.  What I’d like to do this morning, then, is work through the argument of The Case for the Resurrection. Continue reading

Replying to “Why I Left the Church of Christ”

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Yesterday, Shawn sent me a YouTube link to a video entitled “Why I Left the Church of Christ”.  I’m not going to link to it here, but if you search YouTube for the title, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding it.  He said it raised his blood pressure, and he figured that meant I would probably want to watch it and write about it.

He was right, so I clicked on the link and started watching.  After a few moments, I said to myself, “Hold on a sec!  That’s Amber Head!”  I’ve never met the sister (I don’t think, anyway), but I do know her husband, who has also left the faith.  He’s described his spiritual journey at considerable length online (I’m a fine one to talk, I know), so I suppose it’s not surprising that she would want to do the same. Continue reading