Dear Christian Friends,
The Bible reading for April is:
Week beginning April 6:
Psalms 43 – 47;
Week beginning April 13:
Psalms 48 – 52;
Week beginning April 20:
Psalms 53 – 57;
Week beginning April 27:
Psalms 58 – 62.
The March 2014 issue of Christian Standard was
especially good. The theme of the entire issue was "The
Christians Only Challenge." There are observations shared
by a number of Restoration preachers in an article "Ships in
the Night?" Below is a portion from two of those preachers:
VICTOR KNOWLES: A popular YouTube clip
among Christian church/church of Christ leaders
shows Francis Chan, a well-known Evangelical
leader, pointing out that God never says to raise
your hand or walk down an aisle to be saved.
"What he proscribed was repent and be baptized,"
said Chan. (Acts 2:37-38).
BOB RUSSELL: Bob recounts a conversation with
one Baptist leader who wondered: "Are you
Russell replied, "No. We are saved by grace
through faith. But where you put the sinner's
prayer, we put baptism."
After that brief exchange, "The light seemed to
go on for this man and he understood our position
much better," Russell said.
In the March 2014 Christian Standard, there are quotes
from eleven Restoration preachers in another article
entitled "Which Do You Perceive as the Bigger Danger?" I
was especially interested in the views of Dusty Rubeck,
president of Dallas Christian College. He wrote:
My concern really comes down to the lack of
biblical knowledge. I would have to say that in the
U.S., we probably have more Bibles sitting on
bookshelves of Christians gathering dust than the
rest of the world has for all of its church leaders
combined. It's a scandal. It's the scandal of the
unused Bible. It's the scandal of the unknown
Bible. It's the scandal of the unread Bible.
In yet another article from that same issue entitled "A
Phrase for Today?" Paul Blowers, church history professor
at Emmanuel Christian Seminary, has an interesting
conclusion. The phrase he is writing about is that motto
early Restoration leaders used and one which is still used
by many Christian churches: "We are not the only
Christians but Christians only." He writes:
Maybe we should consider altering our
historic slogan a bit: "We're not the only
Christians, but through faith, hope, and love we
are striving perpetually to become Christians
only." By grace we may yet share with other
Christian sisters and brother, at the end of time, in
the beauty and wholeness of the perfected bride of
Howard Faerber, Minister