James 1:1–15—Testing Our Faith

   Send article as PDF    [Note: This MS is available in larger font on our New Uploads page.] Introduction Life is a testing ground, a time of probation. The tests, trials, and challenges come in many forms and from many sources. Some are easily…

My Aims as a Gospel Preacher

   Send article as PDF    [Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles page.]             It is always helpful to have a roadmap when traveling, whether on literal roadways or on the journey of life. With this in mind, I…

Jesus Should Have Failed

   Send article as PDF    [Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles page.] Introduction Never has anyone on earth been more successful than Jesus of Nazareth. He accomplished exactly what He came to accomplish: “For the Son of man…

Intellectual Snobbery

   Send article as PDF    [Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Long Articles page.] Introduction All of humanity profits from the accomplishments of those who have achieved advanced educations. Most of the advancements in technology and medicine and the modern…

JESUS’ AMAZING CROSS

   Send article as PDF    The centerpiece of God’s plan to redeem sinful mankind—yea, of history—is the cross of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the “word of the cross,” which is “the power and wisdom of God” (1 Cor. 1:18, 23–24). Faithful preachers will…

FLAWED PRINCIPLES FOR MAKING MORAL DECISIONS

   Send article as PDF    Making moral decisions has to do with confronting day-by-day temptations and behavior options. Everyone operates by some set of “moral standards” that determine his/her behavior, even if they are immoral. Some of the faulty principles men follow are: “Is…

MUSINGS ON “THE JOURNALISM OF HATE”

   Send article as PDF    The Gospel Journal (TGJ, henceforth) was not begun primarily to engage in direct confrontation with either periodicals or persons. However, it certainly does not contradict our published editorial aims to be confrontational when occasion demands. Such an occasion has…

“TAKE HEED TO THE MINISTRY…”

   Send article as PDF    Introduction Paul wrote the exhortation contained in the title above to Archippus, a member of the Colossian Congregation. Ministry is from a cognate of the Greek word from which translators gave us deacon. It simply means a servant or…

BOSTON/CROSSROADS MOVEMENT—A REVIEW OF ALVIN JENNINGS’ 3 Rs OF URBAN CHURCH GROWTH

   Send article as PDF    Introduction             In 1981, a brother in Christ, Alvin Jennings, owner of Star Bible Publications, Inc., wrote and published a book titled, 3 R’s of Urban Church Growth. This book raised many eyebrows, including those of the venerable G.K….

ISAIAH 2–4—JERUSALEM FROM THREE PERSPECTIVES

   Send article as PDF      Introduction[1] In Isaiah 1 the prophet unleashed numerous denunciations of God’s people that spanned the reigns of Uzziah through Hezekiah. Judah and Jerusalem (especially Jerusalem) had become so corrupt that God sarcastically called their citizens “rulers of Sodom”…