Category Archives: Gospel Advocate

Gospel Advocate: “That Liberalism Among Us”

I subscribe to the Gospel Advocate. I just like keeping up with the more conservative wing of the Churches of Christ, and the Gospel Advocate is pretty typical of the “mainstream” conservative Churches. In a very interesting turn, the July … Continue reading

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Dear Greg: A Letter to the New Editor of the Gospel Advocate, Part 3

The church and politics There’s much discussion today about the relationship between church and state. David Lipscomb’s Civil Government was a major influence on the thought of the Churches of Christ until Foy Wallace very nearly erased all lines between … Continue reading

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Dear Greg: A Letter to the New Editor of the Gospel Advocate, Part 2

Missional living In the last few years, there have been dramatic shifts in our understanding of the scriptures — not so much in terms of doctrine as in how to live the doctrine. David Lipscomb’s service during the Nashville cholera … Continue reading

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Dear Greg: A Letter to the New Editor of the Gospel Advocate, Part 1

Dear Greg, First, I want to reiterate my congratulations on your appointment to the editorship of the Gospel Advocate. It’s an incredible and well-deserved honor. The Advocate remains highly influential in many segments of the Churches of Christ, and you … Continue reading

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The Christian Standard and the Gospel Advocate on the Emerging Church Movement

The Christian Standard is, I’m sure, the most widely read periodical of the independent Christian Churches. It’s been in continuous publication since 1866 and was founded by Isaac Errett, Alexander Campbell’s son-in-law. I strongly recommend buying a subscription. It’s a … Continue reading

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The Gospel Advocate Creed: Content Analysis and Our Disturbing Trend

The September 2008 issue just arrived. On page 5, Gregory Alan Tidwell writes a column on content analysis, making the point that you can tell a lot about anyone by looking at the topics they discuss. And it’s true. Tidwell … Continue reading

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The Gospel Advocate Creed: “Size Is Not the Issue”

The August 2008 issue of the Gospel Advocate hit my mailbox yesterday, and it demonstrates plainly why the Churches of Christ are in numerical decline. The publisher, Neil W. Anderson, in a page 3 editorial, declares, “Size is not the … Continue reading

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Gospel Advocate Creed: Don’t Let the Advocate Keep Us From Attending the World Convention

The June 2008 issue of the Gospel Advocate opens with an editorial from editor Neil W. Anderson, declaring that the Advocate counsels against participation in the 17th World Convention of Christian Churches, churches of Christ, and Disciples of Christ in … Continue reading

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The Gospel Advocate Creed, Part 5

When we disagree with someone about doctrine, it’s easy to get caught up in the particulars of the doctrinal debate. But once in while, we need to take a step back and look at the tactics we use. It is … Continue reading

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The Gospel Advocate Creed, Part 4

As I read each month’s edition of the Gospel Advocate, I’ve been noting some of the issues that the authors consider as “salvation issues” or “marks of the church.” I call these issues a “creed” because that’s the original meaning … Continue reading

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