Recent statistics from the American Psychological Association show that as many as 40-50 percent of marriages in the United States end in divorce, and the situation is similar in a number of other developed countries. Divorce statistics for second and … Read the rest
A popular song of my day claimed that Catalina was the island of romance. I laughed at that silly notion. I was going there to learn more about the Bible and witnessing, not for romance. But God had a surprise … Read the rest
I toss my gym bag over my shoulder and head for the exit at the rec center. Normally I tune out sounds from the racquetball court as I pass by it. But this day, the squeaks from shoes on a … Read the rest
All to Jesus I surrender,/All to Him I freely give. . . .
More like the Master I would ever be . . .
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way/to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and … Read the rest
2018 BA Themes
Annual theme: “This We Believe — Canon and Creed”
We’re a Christ-centered, Spirit-formed, and Bible-based church, but what does that look like specifically? What substantive implications follow for faith and practice? In 2018, all six issues of … Read the rest
The Church of Christ, later known as the Church of God (Seventh Day), of the 1860s did not have a written position on Christian lifestyles. Apparently she left standards of morality and Christian living up to the Christian community as … Read the rest
Statement of Faith 9
This we believe:
Marriage is an institution of God and is an exclusive lifetime union between one man and one woman for the purpose of perpetuating humanity and enriching human experience. Reflecting the bond … Read the rest
Here we come to the end of our three-part discussion of the Calvinist TULIP. Looking back, we see that total depravity was easy to affirm, as the Bible is explicit in describing humankind’s inability to merit salvation through works. Conversely, … Read the rest
The law of the Old Testament — what we call the Torah — may confuse more people in the church today than any other topic. Some see a disparity between a strict adherence to the law in Moses’ day and … Read the rest
Exhausted from a long, demanding day, Joseph feels his body begin to release stress and his mind struggle to let go of its seemingly endless list of responsibilities. It’s almost Sunday, he tells himself. Maybe I’ll finally get a … Read the rest