Category Archives: Fork in the Road

The Fork in the Road: An Email from a Church of Christ Preacher, Part 2

I get emails — ______________________ Jay, I was speaking to a preacher friend of mine today about this topic (salvation issues vs. opinionated issues), and he is very conservative/traditional. He speaks for a pretty large congregation (several hundred), and I … Continue reading

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The Fork in the Road: An Email from a Church of Christ Preacher, Part 1

I get emails — _________________________ Jay, The reason I am writing to you is because I have been doing much questioning over the past few years regarding “doctrinal” issues in the churches of Christ. I was raised in what is … Continue reading

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The Fork in the Road: In Reply to Greg’s Comment

Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own. – James Barrie, Rectorial Address, St. Andrew’s, May 3, 1922 Before impugning an opponent’s motives, even when they legitimately may be impugned, answer his arguments. – Sidney Hook, “The Ethics … Continue reading

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The Fork in the Road: “The Way of UNITY between “Christian Churches” and Churches of Christ,” Part 11

In response to my comments on the Holy Spirit, Greg Tidwell posted an extensive quote from Robert Richardson, The Office of the Holy Spirit (Bosworth, Chase and Hall, Cincinnati: 1872), p. 11. You cannot imagine my delight in learning that Greg … Continue reading

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The Fork in the Road: “The Way of UNITY between “Christian Churches” and Churches of Christ,” Part 10

Greg Tidwell quoted the great missionary Tolbert Fanning, In plain words, the idea of professedly new revelations, or guidance of the Spirit, beyond what is written in the Bible, tends very much to satisfy all under the influence of the recent … Continue reading

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The Fork in the Road: “The Way of UNITY between “Christian Churches” and Churches of Christ,” Part 9

In the last post of this series, I discussed an understanding of the Holy Spirit that helps explain how God’s grace works in the individual Christian and gives an insight as to the nature of our salvation. It occurred to … Continue reading

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The Fork in the Road: “The Way of UNITY between “Christian Churches” and Churches of Christ,” Part 8

In the last post of this series, I mentioned how an understanding of the Spirit helps turn us from legalism and toward a truer understanding of grace. When I first began seriously studying the Spirit, this concept was very difficult … Continue reading

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The Fork in the Road: “The Way of UNITY between “Christian Churches” and Churches of Christ,” Part 7

Charles wrote, I used to be mystified by Greg’s inhuman standard of “precision obedience”. Charles and Greg, Here is what I hear when Greg speaks of “precision obedience” –

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The Fork in the Road: “The Way of UNITY between “Christian Churches” and Churches of Christ,” Part 6

My favorite conservative preacher and newly minted editor of the Gospel Advocate, Gregory Alan Tidwell, wrote, I take no joy in our estranged fellowship, rather I am grieved not to have someone of your ability and character working on (what is … Continue reading

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The Fork in the Road: “The Way of UNITY between “Christian Churches” and Churches of Christ,” Part 5

My favorite conservative preacher and newly minted editor of the Gospel Advocate, posted a comment that prompted a response from me too long for the comment section. Greg describes a visit to a progressive congregation 30 years ago. “Just a minute,” … Continue reading

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