Where Are the Sinners?

by Robert F. Turner (STUFF ABOUT THINGS, 1976) Has anyone seen a plain, old-fashioned sinner lately? They are getting mighty hard to find. If the prodigal son were living today (as if he were not), he wouldn’t be a sinner. A juvenile delinquent perhaps, but his parents would be to blame for that. “There areContinue reading “Where Are the Sinners?”

Fixating on What’s Important: Change

by Bill Fix What is our focus in discussing religious matters with others and teaching the gospel? Are we merely trying to get someone to switch a denominational allegiance and be “COC”? Are we focused so much on baptism that we downplay the importance of faith and true repentance? May it not be so. BecomingContinue reading “Fixating on What’s Important: Change”

What Faith Is All About

By Robert F. Turner (Plain Talk, June 1981) Some years back I received word that a dear friend and brother in the Lord was dying with cancer. I wrote a letter to him, which said in part: “They say you are going to die—like the rest of us. What have “they” ever known about anything?Continue reading “What Faith Is All About”

Fixating on What’s Important: Scheduling

by Bill Fix I saw a one-liner recently that the receptionist/scheduler at the dentist’s office will “look you dead in the eye and ask if you’re available for your next appointment in 6 months and one day from now.” Most of us aren’t scheduling a ton of things that far out so it’s easy toContinue reading “Fixating on What’s Important: Scheduling”

A Bible App a Death Sentence?

by Max Dawson That is the report coming out of Afghanistan—that a Bible app on your cell phone can be a death sentence. According to religionnews.com “reliable sources report that the Taliban demand people’s phones, and if they find a downloaded Bible on your device, they will kill you immediately.” We are not surprised atContinue reading “A Bible App a Death Sentence?”

Fixating on What’s Important: Converts

by Bill Fix The last six lessons I presented examined conversions from the book of Acts. Breaking down the Latin root words, vert meaning “turn” and con meaning “against,” we can understand how our English word means to change one’s religious beliefs. We studied how five individuals in Acts adapted their faith when presented withContinue reading “Fixating on What’s Important: Converts”

Fixating on What’s Important: Memorials

by Bill Fix Every American around the age of 25 or older likely remembers September 11, 2001. We remember where we were, what we were doing, and whom we saw as we heard and watched the terrorist attacks unfold that day. We remember how we felt and the uncertainty of that week. I remember theContinue reading “Fixating on What’s Important: Memorials”

Fixating on What’s Important: Grieving

By Bill Fix I’m not sure the average age where one starts seeing longtime friends and old classmates deal with major health issues, but I’ve recently begun to notice (at age 42). It used to be that when I heard of a peer dying the cause was a suicide or accident, but getting older seemsContinue reading “Fixating on What’s Important: Grieving”

Fixating on What’s Important: Adoption

by Bill Fix Over the last week and a half, I helped complete a guardianship and an adoption case. While these two cases involved different circumstances, what they both shared is that a child needed responsible adults to care for them in the absence of parents, whether stepping in as the adoptive parents or legalContinue reading “Fixating on What’s Important: Adoption”