Paper Pulpit

… had its beginning May 9, 2008 when the first weekly article appeared in the Fort Worth Star Telegram.  Alvin Jennings is writer of the sermons except for occasional selections from others.  It is supported by contributions from individual Christians, churches of Christ and donations received from rebinding of old Bibles. The Bible is the

Baptist Scholar Speaks

Dr G R. Beasley-Murray, M.A., M.Th, Ph.D, professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky., wrote in 1962 “A Thorough And Scholarly Study Of Baptism” (Christianity Today). Quotes below are from Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1994 edition. His book of 422 pages is recognized for its thorough treatment of the subject. However, it does not represent

Fire and Hammer

“IS NOT MY WORD LIKE A FIRE, SAYS THE LORD, AND LIKE A HAMMER THAT BREAKS THE ROCK IN PIECES?” (Jeremiah 23:29) In this context, fire burns and destroys. A hammer strikes with force, driving hard, smashing and pulverizing. When God’s word goes forth as fire and hammer, it brings justice and vengeance, which is


AND is the most frequently used word in the Bible, appearing over 320,000 times (Strong Concordance). It “joins words of equal value, rank or function” (Webster). “Kai” is the Greek word. HOW IMPORTANT IS BAPTISM (immersion)? Let God speak in the Bible (2 Tim 3:16). “He who believes AND is baptized shall be saved” (Jesus,

The Cross

Jesus carried His cross from Pilate’s judgment hall in the city of Jerusalem, and He then followed along the Via Dolorosa (meaning the sorrowful way toward the place outside the city walls where He was to be crucified.  The place was called Golgotha, an Aramaic term meaning “the place of a skull” (Mt 27:33), translated

Why Be a Member of the Church of Christ

Reason 1 BECAUSE IT WAS STARTED BY JESUS The existence of a church is proof that someone started it.  In the world today there are hundreds of churches, different in doctrine and practice.  Each one had either a divine or human builder…if by man, that church must be the work of man, not of Christ.

The Second Coming of Christ

There are many false theories predicting the date of Jesus’ second coming.  These include speculative dates predicted by Charles T. Russell (founder of Jehovah’s Witnesses) 1914; J.F. Rutherford 1928; Herbert W. Armstrong 1972; Jehovah’s Witnesses (again) 1975; Hal Lindsey 1995.  As the mystical year 2000 approached, it was supposed that 25% of Americans believed that

Special Day

“And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them…” (Acts 20:7a). Note the time: the first day of the week. Note the purpose: to break bread (the Lord’s supper, I Cor 10:16-17; 11:17-34). Sunday was quickly established as a meeting day for Christians, a


Read Matthew 10:32-39. To confess is to make a public acknowledgment, full and open. When we confess our faith in Christ, we are acknowledging our being one with Him and our willingness to take our stand with Him. “Everyone therefore who shall confess me before men, him will I confess before my Father who is


This story is in the History Of The Denton County Baptist Association, furnished by the SW Baptist Theological Library in Fort Worth. The young pastor at Pilot Point was asked to apologize during his pastorate at Pilot Point, Texas. He had gone fishing with a man who was not a Christian, so availed himself of