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Eighteen Dead Men

“Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?” Luke 13:4  Sometimes the Bible introduces us to a historical event in one verse, only to see it vanish forever by the next verse. The event in Siloam that […]

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Apologists: Irenaeus and Tertullian

The apologists were early church fathers who defended Christian doctrine against the teachings of Judaism and paganism. The last article examined Justin Martyr. This article focuses on Irenaeus and Tertullian. Other apologists whom we have no time to examine include Clement of Alexandria and Cyprian. Origen’s place in church history, however, is too great to […]

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Marks in Scripture

I thought it would be interesting to do a short study on the various marks given to people in Scripture to see what they signified. A distinguishing mark may be used to label various kinds of things, generally with the purpose of proving authenticity or identifying to whom the object pertains. For example, in the […]

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Issue at Hand, May 2023

Our edition of Beacon Lights for May is one of the two open issues planned for this calendar year. As always, these issues are a great opportunity to feature articles on a variety of topics along with other contributions that we receive from time to time. It’s also a good time to remind readers that […]

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Contending, not contentious

Probably one of the ugliest things in the world is a contentious Christian. We’ve all seen it. A face twisted into a snarl, with nostrils flaring. A voice raised, biting with sarcasm. Words handled like knives to slash and cut the opposition. And when the argument is finished, a parting dig laced with smug condescension.   […]

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Why We Care  Approximately one in ten people experience a depressive disorder at some point in their life. For some people, it’s sudden, severe, and fades over time. For others, it’s gradual, moderate, and chronic. The fact is, there are many people in your church who are experiencing some form of depression. And yet, it […]

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Complexity of Trust

“The Great Crash is coming! Banks are failing! Protect your life savings before you lose it all! The crash is imminent!” These comments and phrases have filled media and social media accounts over the past few months. The decline and fall of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), Signature Bank, Credit Suisse, and First Republic Bank have […]

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Love and Tolerance 

What can we say to convince someone who believes that love is allowing people to do whatever they want as long as it’s not hurting anyone else?    We cannot convince anyone of anything by ourselves. We can only bring the truth of God’s word, which is that the definition “allowing people to do whatever […]

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