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Why Did John the Baptist Lose His Head?

Why Did John the Baptist Lose His Head?

Why Did John the Baptist Lose His Head? Richard Hollerman As we read through the four gospels, we are confronted with an enigmatic figure—John the Baptist. More literally, this would be “John the baptizer” or, even more literally, “John the Immerser.” Jesus said of this prophet, “Among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the […]

World War II and the Conscientious Objector Overseas

World War II and the Conscientious Objector Overseas

World War II and the Conscientious Objector Overseas The Gestapo, Nazi Germany’s feared secret police force, was created by Hermann Goring, and controlled during World War II by Heinrich Himmler. The Gestapo’s greatest weapon was the fear that it created—terrorism at that early date. During an interview at the Nuremberg Trials, Goring described how denouncing and outlawing pacifism was an […]

Labor Unionism

Labor Unionism

Labor Unionism The strike by the Teamsters’s Union against the United Parcel Service has disrupted the nation and nearly everyone in it to some extent. This event once again shows how damaging labor unionism can be in our country. It made me recall my own employment some 33 years ago in a northern state. The employees voted to establish a […]

Warfare on Fort Worth Streets

Warfare on Fort Worth Streets

    Warfare on Fort Worth Streets! Encountering the so-called Jehovah’s Witnesses  Richard Hollerman I would like to share a recent experience with you that remains vividly in my memory.  But first we need a little background. Everyday we read or hear of conflicts between nations.  Armed conflict is frequently the way fallen men choose to settle disputes.  In today’s […]

Letter to Our Mennonite Brethren

Letter to Our Mennonite Brethren

  (Typical Mennonite Meeting House) Letter to our Mennonite Brethren A Sincere and Passionate Appeal of a Mennonite Pastor to His Brethren A Case of Love for God or Love for our Mennonite People and Tradition  The following letter is one of the most unique we have ever read. It was composed by a Mennonite pastor and his wife as […]

Labor Unionism and the Rejection of Christian Values

Labor Unionism and the Rejection of Christian Values

Labor Unionism and the Rejection of Christian Values Years ago May Day (May 1) was a time when labor unions displayed their strength.  With the rise of the Soviet Union and their decision to accept May 1 as part of their celebrations, American devotion to May Day waned.  Labor unions want to revive May Day again. They hope for massive […]

How were the Early Communities of Christ Organized?

How were the Early Communities of Christ Organized?

How were the Early Communities of Christ Organized? Did the body of Christ in the first century have popes, cardinals, bishops, pastors, ministers,monks, nuns, priests, ruling elders, clergymen, and other functionaries? What does Scripture say? Soon after the days of the apostles and continuing until today, people have manifested their discontent with God’s ways by devising various forms of church […]

The Law of God

The Law of God

The Law of God Questions are often raised in our day: What was the Law of God?  Why did God give the Law through Moses?  To whom was the Law given?  What was God’s purpose in giving the Law?  Are we under the Law of Moses today?  How should Christians in general look upon the Law?  How should Gentile Christians […]

Comparing the Old and New Covenants

Comparing the Old and New Covenants

Comparing The Old and New Covenants Everyone who reads the Scriptures with some degree of seriousness will discover elements of similarity and contrast, continuity and discontinuity, between the old covenant and the new covenant. The “old covenant” (2 Cor. 3:14) or “first covenant” (Heb. 8:7,13; 9:15) was given to the people of Israel through Moses (Deut. 5:1-5). The “new covenant” […]

Early Christians, the Law and Legalism

Early Christians, the Law and Legalism

 GUEST ARTICLE Early Christians, the Law and Legalism  Lessons From the Jews  The Jews, the chosen people, had a long history of rebellion against God; and they had a long, hard journey before they learned the importance of doing God’s will. Finally, after Judah ‘s seventy years in the Babylonian captivity, the Jews were cured of their idolatry. However, this […]

Walking Humbly With God

Walking Humbly With God

GUEST ARTICLE Walking Humbly with God  (James 4) Required: Worthy Pursuits Most of us pursue something or another. Recognition. Satisfaction. Success. Marriage partner. Things. Kindness. Service. Peace. Friendship. Self-control. Money. Love. Truth. Some of these are worthy pursuits; others, unworthy. Are these attainable? Do we have to exert ourselves in reaching these? I have purposed to speak the truth and […]

Be Humble and Kind

Be Humble and Kind

 GUEST ARTICLE Be Humble and Kind  (Luke 14:7-11,15-24)  Probing Your Own Heart  Are you humble? How do you prioritize God’s invitation to you? Building on Some Foundational Concepts  Self-exaltation leads to shame.  The surest way down is pushing myself up. The surest way to shame is glorifying myself. Jesus illustrates both of these precepts in both of the life lessons […]

Overcoming Sin Through Christ – Argumentativeness

Overcoming Sin Through Christ – Argumentativeness

  Overcoming Sin through Christ A Comprehensive List of Sins (Alphabetically Arranged) Richard Hollerman The plan of this study is simple.  We will look at a large number of sins, one by one, alphabetically.  We will define the sin, describe it, and comment on it, along with noticing Scripture references on the particular entry.  Some illustrations will be offered along […]

A Brief Introduction to Unconditional Eternal Security

A Brief Introduction to Unconditional Eternal Security

A Brief Introduction to Unconditional Eternal Security  Some call it “eternal security,” others call it “once saved, always saved,” and still others call it “perseverance of the saints.”  There are variations in this theological position, but they all promote the view that after a person comes to Christ and is saved, nothing at all can separate that person from Jesus […]

The Love of God: Is it Unconditional?

The Love of God: Is it Unconditional?

The Love of God: Is it Unconditional? Most of you who are reading our words rejoice that God is a God of love! Not all so-called “gods” may be characterized in this way. For instance, Allah is portrayed as a god of many virtues (99 of them), but he is not known to have the characteristic of love. The Hindu […]

The Unforgivable Sin

The Unforgivable Sin

The Unforgivable Sin (Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit) The Lord Jesus Christ was known for His shocking statements.  He knew the absolute seriousness of sin and the cruciality of accepting His saving authority.  Probably nothing was as shocking as His statements about a sin so serious that it could not be forgiven.  To use Christ’s own words, “Blasphemy against the […]

The Sad Horrible Effects of Television on the Minds of Christians

The Sad Horrible Effects of Television on the Minds of Christians

The Sad Horrible Effects of Television on the Minds of Christians David Cook THE EVIL INFLUENCE OF TELEVISION! BE CAUTIOUS AND CAREFUL!!! I HOPE YOU WILL READ ALL OF THIS POST. PROTECT YOUR MIND AND THE MINDS OF YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN!! Only eternity will reveal the sad horrible effects of television on the minds of Christians in this present […]

Evolution and the Science of Fiction

Evolution and the Science of Fiction

Evolution and the Science of Fiction [Note: There is much information here that would show us how false and misleading “science fiction” really is. Of course, it is not legitimate “science” at all. Further, since we are influenced by what we read and see and hear (Philippians 4:8; Matthew 12:34-37). Toward the end of this informed article, there seems to […]

False Teachers

False Teachers

False Teachers; Destructive Heresies 2 Peter 2:1 The Second Epistle of Peter was written by Simon Peter, an apostle of Christ, who also penned First Peter (see 2 Peter 3:1). The principal design of this letter was to “stir” Christian minds to a greater level of spirituality and to fortify them against the danger of certain false teachers who threatened […]

Is Our Sincere Righteousness Like Filthy Rags?

Is Our Sincere Righteousness Like Filthy Rags?

Is Our Sincere Righteousness Like Filthy Rags? Richard Hollerman If you are like me, you have heard again and again that all of our good deeds are like “filthy rags,” thus we must not depend on them for our right standing with God. They count for nothing in regard to salvation. In fact, God abhors them, thus we too should […]