Perjudice to Purity

This Word file outline considers Nathanael's journey from prejudice to purity from John 1:43-51.  In addition to the overview of the specific context, it also details common causes of prejudice and identifies four specific steps Nathanael took to overcome it.


The Poor Are Always With You

Jesus' words of commendation of Mary, and explanation of her actions to His disciples, can and have been taken the wrong way.  So, what is Jesus saying, and conversely, what is He not saying in Mark 14:7?  This Word file outline carefully examines the context to draw from it the lessons He was, and was not, teaching.


“Traditional” versus “Contemporary”?

In the last decade or so, a struggle has emerged amongst religious folks between “traditionalists” (those favoring the “older” or more “traditional” ways) and “contemporists” (yeah, I made it up, but it means those favoring the “newer” or more “contemporary” ways).   The conflict usually centers on the methods of worship, but extends also to other areas of church function and fellowship. However, since worship seems to be at the center, we’ll concentrate our efforts there for now.


“Church Institutionalism”

This PowerPoint presentation considers two primary questions related to the title:  1) What does this term mean? and, 2) Is it what God intended?  (After downloading the file, be sure to select "Presentation" mode to view the points of the slide in the proper order.)


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Men’s One-Day Study: “The Selection, Appoinment, and Duties of Elders”

This material was presented as a part of our twice a year Men's One-Day Study.  The study was originally designed for preachers, but is open to any men interested in men interested in study God's word in a more advanced way.  This particular study was presented in hopes of meeting three objectives: 1) to provide a clear view of the qualifications as a whole, and their overall purpose;  2)to help alleviate some of the controversy centered around the understanding and application of the "family" qualifications; and, 3) to address the often neglected aspects of the duties and responsibilities of serving as an Elder.  As such, the class did not go through the qualifications one by one.  The material is about 35 pages in Word format.

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