Bearing a Different Gospel Beautifully

by Matthew W. Bassford The apostle Paul was fond of sarcasm, not because he didn’t love people, but because he did. When Christians he had converted turned aside from Christ, it drove him to distraction, and that distraction often found its expression in heartfelt exasperation. One such expression appears in II Corinthians 11:4. In contrast…

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What My Parents Taught Me

by Jefferson David Tant Vanguard Magazine, November 1982 All parents teach their children — consciously, subconsciously, positively, negatively, by example, by word. Children are even taught to be what their parents fail to teach. In our generation, many parents have abdicated their teaching roles to TV, schools, their children’s peers, and other influences. I am…

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Did I miss a chance to be hospitable?

Question: A friend called me and asked if he could have a place to stay for the night.  He said he had a friend with him as well.  He is homeless, and his friend has a home. I wanted to give them a place to stay, but it would be a hassle, and my wife…

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Am I being inhospitable not to want my father-in-law around so much?

Question: In this question, I’m honestly not sure if I am being inhospitable, or if I have genuine concerns.  Thus why I seek to ask this to you.  My wife and I have been married for still a relatively short time, and have a child.  My father-in-law lives a couple of hours away, but still…

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Why do people ask questions about me when I visit a church?

Question: In “Should people be checked out before accepting them in a congregation?”, a person wrote about ‘checking out’ new people to the congregation before accepting them. While I understand the logic behind making sure they accept the true church and follow the Lord, I have experienced that type of probing and questioning that is…

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Does someone need to invite people into their homes to practice hospitality?

Question: Does someone need to invite people into their homes to practice hospitality? I know this is not the only way to serve. Answer: The word “hospitality” can translate the Greek word philoxenia. It is a compound word of “love” (philo) and “guest room or lodging” (xenia). This word is used in Romans 12:13 and Hebrews…

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