Bible Code II (Ivan Panin and Biblical Numerics)

Bro. Jack Robinson is a lecturer in statistics at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. This month’s comments are prompted by the occasional Christadelphian use of the work of Ivan Panin to prove the inspiration of scripture. As Bro. Jack points out, we should not use Panin’s work to …

Ecclesiastes (3): The Curse of God

Ecclesiastes, as we saw last time (Tidings, 2/99), is a book framed by death. Death is that harsh fact of life from which there can be no escape. Death puts everything else in life into context. In this article, we shall be considering both why this theme of death should …

Legalism and Faith (2): The Beginnings of Legalism

Perhaps the single most powerful anti-legalism passage we find in all of the New Testament comes in Paul’s letter to the ecclesia at Colossae. Paul wrote that at his crucifixion Christ nailed the law to the cross; therefore, the keeping of special feast days provided no righteousness (2:14-17). Jesus rose …

Through Fear of Death

In Bro. Mark Vincent’s second article on Ecclesiastes, he develops the primary theme of the book — death. As he notes: “Twentieth century life is spent running away from it pretending that it is not there. Yet death cannot be stopped. It scorns every advance of human achievement. It mocks the …

Accepting the Blame

A common practice of our society is what we could call “absolution of accountability.” Simply put, everything underneath the sun is used to excuse or “explain away” our actions. It’s really another method of self-justification. Excuses abound for bad behavior As we read many of the sad stories that fill our newspaper or TV …

The Stranger

A few months before I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our rural town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer, and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around to welcome me into …

Pulling and Letting Go

Have you observed when an archer shoots an arrow, he succeeds partly by pulling, partly by letting go? Both parts are necessary and it takes wisdom to know when to pull and when to let go. We can lift this simple principle to a higher level and apply it to …

Money, Some Have It, Some Don’t

For the past several months this “Signs of the Times” section has focused on the critical economic situation in Russia. Feeling this continues to be a most dramatic development of our day, we provide additional updates this month as well as comments regarding the introduction of the Euro currency. It …

Exodus

God’s plagues on Egypt were designed to impress the Egyptians and even distant nations of God’s power (Ex. 7:5; 9:16). While we often place emphasis on the plagues, the miracles continued long after the exodus from Egypt. These should have convinced Israel of the great power and concern that their …