Category Archives: Fork in the Road

Why Can’t We Tell Right from Wrong? Part 4 (A Tale of Two Shepherds)

Once upon a time, there was an old, very wealthy Bedouin. Well, not wealthy by American standards, perhaps, but in his world, by his own standards, quite wealthy indeed, because he lived in a world where a man is measured … Continue reading

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Why Can’t We Tell Right from Wrong? Part 3 (Jesus and Paul)

We need to consider a hermeneutical principle not often taught in our literature. We often misunderstand God’s words because we misunderstand who he is. I mean, how often have I been misunderstood by someone — someone who thought I’d said something … Continue reading

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Why Can’t We Tell Right from Wrong? Part 2 (Fourth Avenue)

I’ve learned that when you have a serious problem, it’s best to talk about it. And when you’ve done something very seriously wrong, it’s best to confess the sin rather than bury it and hope no one else notices. These … Continue reading

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Why Can’t We Tell Right from Wrong? Part 1 (Midway)

Rerun: The Fork in the Road: “The Way of UNITY between “Christian Churches” and Churches of Christ,” Midway Christian Church [This is a rerun from 2011, and now the first of a brief series.] I’m posting one more history lesson … Continue reading

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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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