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Protecting Relationships

Through my many years of preaching, I have often asked and answered this question: “What is life really all about?” The answer, of course, is relationships – not surprisingly the very focus of the Bible. God’s Word makes this focus clear as relationships in four key...

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Objective Negativity

(This material was taken from my book, Dynamic Leadership, Appendix 7) We Live in a Negative World! The subject of negativity is a broad one, and although we are going to focus on a certain highly dangerous type of negativity, some general observations will prove...

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The Use of Instrumental Music in Worship

Distinct from other groups in the Restoration Movement, mainline Churches of Christ have been known for years for their stand against the use of instruments in accompaniment to spiritual songs. Historically, this position has not been held as a matter of preference or...

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When Did the Kingdom Come?

(This material was taken from my exposition of Acts, entitled “World Changers,” Appendix 1) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10, King James Version) This brief verse has been used as the basis of songs, poems and quotations...

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Congregational Autonomy

In discussing this subject, I can only attest to my own experiences in the Mainline Church of Christ. Although the Christian Church shares a common ancestry in the Restoration Movement, I don’t know exactly what their beliefs and practices are regarding congregational...

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View of and Use of the Scriptures

Introductory Note:  Back in 2010, some of the teachers in the International Churches of Christ were asked by the editors of a scholarly quarterly periodical published within the Mainline Churches of Christ to write articles for one issue of their publication. I was...

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Surprise, Surprise: Guess Who’s Been Coming To Dinner!

Let me give you one bit of advance notice: this article is not really about an old movie or about the Black history behind it. However, since I love Black history, it seemed a good way to segue into the real subject, which I predict you will find both surprising and...

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Rolan Monje Named New Director of APLA

The Asia-Pacific Leadership Academy was officially begun in early 2008, and has been a resounding success. Many factors have played a part in this success. We started with a wonderful steering committee made up of Koko Enrile, Cesar Lopez, Rolan Monje, Frank Kim,...

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The Government’s Biblical Right of Capital Punishment

Excerpt From Romans – The Heart Set Free, by Gordon Ferguson According to Romans 13:1-4, rulers protect society by punishing wrongdoers and rewarding those who do good (verses 3-4). Notice “bear the sword” in verse 4, which seems to be a reference to capital...

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Where is Your Life Headed?

The way you think determines the daily course of your life. More importantly, it determines your course over the long haul. Character is built one day at a time, which means weak character can be strengthened as we make spiritual choices—and strong character can be...

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Gratitude: a Matter of Focus

Have you ever noticed children who were happily playing until they noticed the one toy that they didn’t have being played with by another child? Suddenly their joy fades, and they become totally focused on the toy that the other kid has. They probably have dozens of...

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Escaping the Performance Trap

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults,...

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Romans 10 — Saved by Faith Without Baptism?

Romans 10:5-15 Moses describes in this way the righteousness that is by the law: "The man who does these things will live by them." 6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ...

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Is Your Religion a Burden or a Blessing?

The gospel of Christ is good news! In fact, it is great news! And, of course, good news is always worth sharing.  But some may view the good news as bad news, or at least as mediocre news. Then they will not be anxious to share it.  Since many who wear the name of...

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Spiritual Thinking vs. Negative Thinking

“But the men who had gone up with him, said, “We can’t attack these people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people...

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An Uncommon Peace

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15 What enables us to have such uncommon peace as Christians? Probably the key word is “commonality,” for we share so many essential...

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Another Kind of Adoption

“I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and...

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Did Paul Sin in Acts 21?

Paul’s Actions in Acts 21 Paul was not only the designated apostle to the Gentiles (Galatians 2:8; Romans 11:13), he was a staunch defender of Christianity against attempts to force it into a Jewish mold. A cursory reading of Galatians is enough to see his strong...

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Baptismal Cognizance–a Deeper Look

Introduction: A briefer form of this article was originally written in August of 2009 just prior to the International Leadership Conference in Denver, Colorado.  The purpose was to present a brief explanation of this term and the reasons for discussing it in the...

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Matthew 24 – End of the World or End of an Age?

Introduction When we read parts of Matthew 24, we may quickly assume that Jesus is talking about his Second Coming and the end of the world.  Such assumptions are based perhaps primarily on the questions the apostles asked, as recorded in 24:3:  “As Jesus was sitting...

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FACEBOOK FEED

A few days ago, a person wrote to ask me about my view of President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel and how that might relate to biblical prophecy. On a side note, it appears that the past three presidents said that such should be done, and now Trump is doing it. But aside from the unsavory field of politics (for me anyway), what about the person's question? Would you be surprised (shocked perhaps) if I said that the Bible has little or nothing to say about modern Israel at all? Although my fullest treatment of the subject can be found in my exposition of the Book of Revelation (Revelation Revealed -- available from ipibooks.com), I have just posted an article on my teaching website entitled, "The Fallacies of Popular End-Times Teaching." See it at gordonferguson.org Enjoy the read, and write me with your questions! ... See MoreSee Less

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I just posted another article on my blogsite (blacktaxandwhitebenefits.com) It addresses the question of why I started this blog a year ago. Here are the first and last paragraphs of it to whet your appetite to read it and to ask your friends to do the same:

I started this blog last November, so it seems reasonable to end this November with some self-examination and self-evaluation. So, just why did I start this blog and why am I still writing segments for it? Good question, don’t you think?

In a nutshell, those are the reasons I started this blog and I’m not done yet. I’m not sure how long I will continue writing for the blog, but I know I’ve not addressed all of the sub-topics that are on my heart. I also know that I’m not receiving the number and types of responses that I anticipated a year ago, and will have more to say about this soon. It has made me ask myself whether I am really hitting the center of the bullseye of this topic or not. Maybe I’m not, and maybe I am and yet people aren’t really interested in hearing it. Maybe it’s some of both. Anyway, for those who are reading the blog posts regularly and asking others to do the same, I thank you! I am enjoying traveling with you on this important road. Have a great holiday season!
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Well, I woke up this morning as a 75 year old man! That shocking fact motivates me to do something worthwhile today, and so I posted a new article on my blogsite (blacktaxandwhitebenefits.com). Please read it and encourage others to do the same, and also make good use of my regular teaching website (gordonferguson.org). If you will do all of that, I will count it as a good birthday present! The main part of the blog post was written by an elder of a church we recently visited, and he wrote it for the leadership team of their congregation. Here is what I wrote to introduce their article:

In early September (2017), Theresa and I had the privilege of conducting a Marriage Retreat with the couples of the Atlanta Church of Christ in Gwinnett. As the following article from their leadership team indicates, they have a diverse membership. They have more members of color than white members, as a matter of fact. The retreat was held at a beautiful retreat center outside of Atlanta and the group was very warm, loving and flat-out fun!

As I told them near the end of the retreat, I expect this was our last such event to teach as a couple. Theresa loved every moment of it, but it showed us both that her physical condition made it wise to conclude our retreat teaching with that one. Although crossing such events off of our list for the future is difficult, we both felt good that this beloved part of our ministry concluded with such a wonderful group as this one. (I do pray that we can continue to teach about marriage through my book, “Fairy Tales Do Come True” -- from Illuminations Publishers, IPI.)

Prior to the retreat, I met with the three elders and also had a great mealtime with their evangelist and his family. The elders wanted to discuss racial issues and share what they were doing in that regard. I was impressed with their hearts, their plans and what they had already done. Like my Dallas home church, they are ahead of the curve when compared to most congregations in addressing the need for more teaching from the leadership and more honest sharing between church members. I asked them to write an account of what they had done, which follows below. I was very impressed, as I expect you will be also. They were proactive, Bible-based in providing answers, and very thorough in the study provided to the church. May their direct and biblical approach in addressing this timely subject encourage many, many more churches to follow similar paths. Enjoy the read!
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OK -- Senior moment! I meant October 15 for my mother's birthday, not September 15! ... See MoreSee Less

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My mother died in 2004, but today (September 15) was her birthday. Therefore it is a special day to me and my family. I think it quite appropriate to post another of my blog articles on racial issues on her birthday. She no doubt would approve, given her deep love for all people. This post is the fifth in a series about white church leaders listening and focuses once again on my home church -- the Dallas/Fort Worth Church. I think you will find it very informative and entertaining. It has a number of photos in it, so that alone should help some of my readers! Please read, post it to your friends list and ask your friends not on Facebook to read my blog. See blacktaxandwhitebenefits.com -- Thanking you in advance... ... See MoreSee Less

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