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"Up with Authority"

Posted by Dr. Woody Woodrow on March 2, 2017 at 9:30 AM

In 2009, TV actor Tony Danza, star of “Who’s the Boss?” and “Taxi,” spent one year teaching 10th grade English at Northeast High in Philadelphia. Danza readily admits to being a “discipline problem” himself in high school. Subsequently, he wrote a best-selling book about his experience at Northeast: I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had.

Education, government, business, communication, transportation, sports, the military, families, churches—virtually any cooperative effort—requires authority and respect for authority.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Personal

Help Your Seminary Record the New Timeless CD

Posted by Dr. Mark Shipp on February 7, 2017 at 9:30 AM

After a couple of years hiatus, we will be recording a third Timeless CD at Lone Pine Studios in Orlando, Florida this February. 

The first CD, “Be Still and Know: Psalms of Trust, Comfort, and Hope,” was followed by “Where Are You, Lord? From Lament to Praise in the Psalms.” The third CD will focus on psalms of Torah, wisdom, and creation, including psalms 1, 8, 14, 19, 24, 32, 36, 37, 49, 53, 74, 78, and 112.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Personal, Old Testament

Man to Man about Lust and Love

Posted by Dr. Woody Woodrow on December 8, 2016 at 9:30 AM

I suspect no text in Holy Scripture has given me more problems or produced more guilt than this one:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. So if your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better for you that one of your members be lost than your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better for you that one of your members be lost than for your whole body to go into hell” (Matthew 5:27-30).

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus addresses abuses of misinterpretation. There may have been a free-wheeling view of sexual propriety in His day that needed correction. Jesus may be targeting a loophole legalism that limited “adultery” to the physical act alone. Here He takes men to the heartthe desire and purpose of the heart: To look with lust at a woman, with “lustful intent,” Jesus says, is to violate God’s command against adultery.

I remember in early adolescence how attracted I’d become to the opposite sex. There were girls, all with wondrous features, all over school. Beyond that however, some guys I knew secretly shared images which could not be considered classic sculpture, painting, or art. This photography was produced to be provocative, to arouse desire. Which may be the defining trait of pornography—the deliberate objectification of female flesh for mass male arousal.

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Topics: On-Topic Today, Personal, Relationships

Arminianism in Brazil

Posted by Dr. Keith Stanglin on November 3, 2016 at 9:30 AM

In August I had the pleasure of visiting Brazil.  Although it was my fourth time in Brazil, it was my first time to be invited for what amounted to a book tour.  Here’s how it happened.

Recently, there has been a resurgence of Arminianism in Brazil.  Wait.  Let me back up a bit.  For the past few years, there has been a resurgence of Calvinism in evangelicalism.  (This is something I intend to discuss in later posts.)  This resurgence of Calvinism has reached Latin America, including Brazil.  And wherever “five-point Calvinism” goes, resistance to it follows close behind.  Thus, the resurgence of Arminianism, as a form of anti-Calvinism, in Brazil.

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Topics: Personal, Church History, Arminianism

There’s Only One ‘I AM’: A Tribute to Bruce Evans

Posted by Dr. Stan Reid on October 11, 2016 at 9:30 AM

A large crowd gathered at the Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas on the afternoon of August 27. It was one of those bittersweet moments that come in life.  The group assembled in order to honor and remember the life of Bruce Evans. I was blessed to be there.

It was bitter in that we were facing up to the fact that Bruce’s bodily presence was no longer with us. We were being prepared for how much we would miss him. It was sweet because this good man had and would continue to bless our lives. That was made abundantly clear when Bruce was eulogized that afternoon.

One story shared during the memorial service captured part of the essence of who Bruce was. It was told by Dr. Royce Money, chancellor of Abilene Christian University. Bruce was having one of those normal tests of wills that inevitably happen between a parent and an adolescent. Bruce was informed, “Dad, that is just the way I am, and you need to accept it!!!” Bruce replied, “There is only one I AM, and you are not him!”

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