Biblical Commentary by Additional Authors

Apocaholics Anonymous
by Gary Alexander

Hi, I’m Gary and I’m a recovering Apocaholic.  I am currently Apocalypse free for nearly 18 years.  I left the church of the Religious Apocalypse in 1976, over 30 years ago, and I resigned from the secular church of the Financial Apocalypse in 1989.  Yes, I still feel the urge to proclaim the end of all things, from time to time, but I white-knuckle my way to a history book for a little perspective, and then I breathe easier. If you wish to join AA, the only requirement is that you give up the adrenaline rush of media-fed fantasies. Read Article.

Originally published 4/12/2007


 

All Shook Up: What is Modern Music Doing to Us?
by Mike Dodaro

Does music have any influence on character development? Rock music culture is corrosive to ideals most people wish to instill in their children, but perhaps the music can be extracted from the sexual evocation and desultory work ethic apparent in most of it. Would the music itself be harmless if the lyrics celebrated responsible love relationships and achievement instead of casual sex and freakish lifestyles? What are we to make of the praise choruses being sung in many denominations of the church? Carson Holloway’s book attempts to gain some perspective on present controversies by surveying philosophical thought since Plato dealing with music. One of his most significant conclusions is that both liberals and conservatives in the present dispute have focused on what, for lack of a better term, might be called middle-class morality instead of virtue. Behavior conducive to social tranquility and affluence was not the main issue for ancient philosophers who dealt with music and its influence on character formation. Modern critics argue about pornographic lyrics, but they miss the dimension of music that is inherent in its form. On this view, rock music says the same thing whether the text is about a nightclub encounter, or a trendy rap that would otherwise read like a gospel tract. Read Article.

Originally published 5/20/2005


 

Abraham’s Legacy
by Mike Dodaro

The life changing influence of faith in God has a compounding effect. The longer one lives in God’s presence, the more confidence one has that the moral and spiritual precepts of the Judeo-Christian tradition are true.

Sometimes this is evident to other people. Dramatic conversion stories are always interesting. Unfortunately they can only be verified by people who have seen, first hand, a transformation in a family member or friend. What might be the equivalent of the regenerated life that is verifiable by anybody who wants to know what God is doing in the world? Those of us who have studied apocalyptic literature and prophecy understand its impact and why millions of people continue to be intrigued by it, but it leaves unanswered questions. Many people are suspicious of the whole interpretive process or just don’t get it. There is another way to discuss God’s continuing activity in history even for non-historians. Read Article.

Originally published 4/7/2005


 

Profaning the Sabbath Day
by Jonathan Sjordal

The fourth commandment is clear: we are to abstain from doing our labor on the seventh day of the week—the sabbath day. For those who wish to heed the words of our Father in heaven who gave us his Laws, the following discussion pertains to how to obey the seventh day sabbath command of our Creator, not how to replace or ignore it.

The sabbath day command is for the master as well as the servant. The master is commanded to cease from his labors, and not to compel his servants nor even his beasts to labor on the sabbath day. It is a day to devote to our Creator, the one day in seven that we give to our Father, as he commanded us. Read Article.

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Who Were the New Testament Elders?
by George Kemnitz

Does the Bible outline a definite “New Testament” form of local church organization? Is there a single “Biblical” form of church organization and structure that must be adopted to be consistent with scripture? If so, what is that form? If not, what principles should be followed in setting up local church congregations? Read Article.

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Jacob’s “Non-Ladder” Dream
by Dr. Charles Dorothy

Are you a literary form critic? It might come as a surprise that most of you are able to determine and discern, or extrapolate, ferret out, or even expound dozens of literary forms in our modern society that are instantly recognizable to the average person. That claim may seem a little strange, but that is how we can talk about form criticism without turning anybody off. Form criticism is simply recognizing certain types of literature, and certain types of biblical writing. That is all it is. Read Article.

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Rediscovering Biblical Celebrations
by Dr. Charles Dorothy

Life’s three basic questions–who is God?; who are we?; and how shall we live?–find answer in the Scriptures. Those answers in turn shed light on two neglected areas of Christian living; joy and celebration. Read and study the following so you may join us in rediscovery and rejoicing. Read Article.

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What Does Passover Mean to You?
by Dr. Charles Dorothy

Are you aware of the recent debate about what day is the proper time for “keeping” the Passover? Are you in doubt or troubled by conflicting opinions about “the original,” or “the biblical Passover”? If not, have you wondered whether you know the right day for memorializing Pesach/Lord’s Supper? Either way, you are not alone. This article will help liberate you from the bondage of complicated calendar calculations, and from the Egypt of our day – religious dogmatism and spiritual confusion. Read Article.

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What is The Government of God?
by Dick Wiedneheft

Does the government of God exist on earth today? Can it be found in the national governments whose monarchs rule by “divine right?” Is it the authority within one or more religious organizations? Has God chosen a particular man to be His representative on earth in our time? Does any man or group of men have the authority to administer the Government of God? Read Article.

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