The Church-Culture Conundrum: What Should Be the Church's Relationship to the Culture?

by Matt Costella

Although culture is often difficult to define, in general, it usually refers to the prevailing thoughts, philosophies and lifestyles manifested in the lives and expressions of society. One author has defined culture as a society’s “collective conscience.” Culture is expressed through art, entertainment, politics, education and other visible means. Culture, then, can also be described as the “living out” of the general worldview of society.

The Word of God: Provision for Prosperity

We have often heard it said that man is the shaper of his own destiny—that he is left to his own devices and, in the final analysis, is answerable to himself alone. It has also been said that an infinite God (if there is such a being) would certainly not be so condescending as to reveal Himself to finite man, much less demonstrate any compassion or concern for him. This attitude, which has prevailed throughout the centuries, has lulled countless multitudes into the false notion of unaccountability—and that to their eternal despair.


Topsy-Turvy Ideas of Prayer and Worship

by Philip Sheppard, M.D.

Nowhere does man exhibit his folly more than when he prays, for unless he prays according to the Scriptures of the revealed mind of God, he soon discloses the “topsy-turvy” state of his mind. The popular idea of prayer is that we are, by our earnest pleading, to induce God to alter His purpose. Whereas with God—the God of the Bible—there is “no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (Jas. 1:17).

False Prophets and Fuzzy Math

by Mark Cowles

“But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.” — Deuteronomy 18:20-22

A Broad-Minded and Backboneless Ministry

By W. H. Houghton (1887-1947)

Is religion the only realm where everyone is right and no one is wrong?

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