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The Fork in the Road: The Nashville Tennessean Weighs In

A week ago, Bob Smietana, a reporter for the Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, emailed me, asking for an interview for a story he was working on regarding the progressive Churches of Christ. I tried to set up a time, but … Continue reading

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Instrumental Music: A Question About Transitions

In a recent Christian Chronicle article, it was noted that Churches of Christ in the United States had elected to omit 21 congregations that have added an instrumental worship service, but several other congregations with instrumental services had been included … Continue reading

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Yeakley States that Churches of Christ Are in Decline; Richland Hills In No Man’s Land

Several months ago, Flavil Yeakley, the unofficial statistician for the Churches of Christ, released a report called “Good News and Bad News for the Churches of Christ.” Although the numbers showed the Churches to be in decline (as reported first … Continue reading

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A Plea to Reconsider: On How Hard Humility Is, the Conclusion of it All

(1 Pet 5:5b-6) All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due … Continue reading

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A Plea to Reconsider: Abusing Restoration Movement History

Miller’s concluding paragraph begins, Over a century ago, many churches of Christ were swept into what was then called “the digression.” The use of musical instruments in worship was one of the divisive issues that caused the breach. History is … Continue reading

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A Plea to Reconsider: A Return to Creeds?

Miller’s conclusion focuses on the articles of incorporation of the Richland Hills Church of Christ. You see, as is true of many Churches of Christ, the original articles specified that the church may never use “mechanical” instruments of worship and … Continue reading

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A Plea to Reconsider: What’s Not Religious?

On page 89, Miller begins to set up the classic “gopher wood” argument — But does that mean that we must have authority for everything we do in religion? Everything? What about the many things we do that the Bible … Continue reading

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A Plea to Reconsider: Must We Have Authority? Further Thoughts

Miller follows up his argument based on Colossians 3:17 with familiar arguments based on 1 Corinthians 4:6. I addressed this argument some time ago. See Going Beyond That Which is Written. He also makes the argument that either all silences … Continue reading

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A Plea to Reconsider: Must We Have Authority?

Miller begins his argument that those who worship with instruments are damned by building the case for the necessity of authority — Perhaps no other doctrine is emphasized so frequently in Scripture as the principle of authority. Yet, perhaps no … Continue reading

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A Plea to Reconsider: Introduction

A few weeks, I saw on a discussion board that someone had written a book challenging Rick Atchley’s sermons, called “Both/And,” defending the decision of Richland Hills Church of Christ to add an instrumental service. Rumor had it that someone … Continue reading

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