Category Archives: Church of Christ Doctrinal Issues

Assembly 2.0: Part 11.11: Have We Restored the First Century Assembly?

Restorationism The Restoration Movement was originally a unity movement. Various branches attempted to build unity from within the Presbyterian and Baptist denominations, but they found themselves unwelcome, even excommunicated by their home denominations. They became, unwillingly, a new denomination (and … Continue reading

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Assembly 2.0: Part 11.10: Tongues and Prophecy Today; Testimony

Conclusions regarding Tongues and Prophecy for Today I think there’s great wisdom in Martin Luther’s teaching on the subject, as summarized by Foller, On the one hand, Luther may say that in the present time, miracles are no longer necessary, … Continue reading

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Assembly 2.0: Part 11.9: When Did Prophecy End?

When Did Prophecy End? Many theorize that prophecy was received by the laying on of apostolic hands, meaning that the gift ended in the early Second Century. Others believe that prophecy and other miraculous gifts ended when the NT was … Continue reading

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Assembly 2.0: Part 11.8: Tongues; Ecstatic Prophecy

Tongues 1 Cor 14 tells us that the early church practiced “tongues” in the assembly, and this was approved so long as the tongues were translated by someone with the gift of interpretation. We really don’t know what “tongues” were. … Continue reading

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Assembly 2.0: Part 11.7: Prophecy, Introduction

Prophecy Of course, we know from scripture that the earliest assemblies included prophecy and speaking in tongues. 1 Cor 11 and 14 are quite clear on this point. It’s been traditionally taught (not just just in the Churches of Christ) that … Continue reading

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Assembly 2.0, Part 11:5A (Exegeting Eph 5:19)

So last night, during the Texas A&M game, I posted a lengthy comment on the interpretation of Eph 5:19, and it wasn’t exactly my best piece of organization — being distracted by the game and all. So I figure I … Continue reading

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Assembly 2.0: Part 11.6: Origins

Origins The Christian assembly is one of the central marks of modern Christianity as a religion. Consider the amount of time and money churches invest in their buildings and the staff required to run building-based operations — all because the assembly … Continue reading

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Assembly 2.0: Part 11.5: Singing

Singing It’s often been argued that the Jewish synagogues had a cappella singing, and the early church copied their practice. This is plainly untrue. The synagogues did adopt congregational singing at some point after the destruction of the Temple, but … Continue reading

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Assembly 2.0: Part 11.4A A Comment by Bobby Valentine

Bobby Valentine posted an extensive comment regarding the Jewishness of the early church, and it’s just too good to languish in the comments. For those not familiar with Bobby’s work, he routinely posts thoughtful essays on the church and Christianity … Continue reading

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Assembly 2.0: Part 11.4: Frequency; Setting

Frequency Remember: the early church had but one congregation per city, and that congregation typically met in multiple houses under a single eldership. Many Christians, both Jews and Gentiles, also attended synagogue, because the synagogue would have had a complete … Continue reading

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