Category Archives: Let all things be done for edification

Ad hominem

Ad hominem, or an attack on an opponent’s character rather than an answer to the contentions he has made, is categorically considered a fallacy by the world and categorically a sin by many Christians.  But when we study the Scriptures, we … Continue reading

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Evangelism as listening and asking questions

I sent the following to the pastor of the church we went to a couple of Sundays ago in North Carolina. I told my kids and my brother-in-law it was a bad sermon, and I thought it was only right … Continue reading

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“I did not cease to admonish each one with tears”

When Paul uses this word admonishment, he’s not talking about an angry confrontation because you’re his enemy. This is not what he spent three years doing in the church at Ephesus. They would not be encouraged and he would not … Continue reading

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On confronting sin

If we saw that such would reform without reproof, we would gladly forbear the publishing of their faults. But when reproofs themselves prove so ineffectual, that they are more offended at the reproof than at the sin, and had rather … Continue reading

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On leaving no room for discussion

I had a couple of exchanges with Tim Margheim, a Christian brother from Texas, on a comment thread of the Team Pyro blog a few weeks back, and his comments were so helpful I asked his permission to re-post them … Continue reading

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Edifying introductions

When a man introduces himself to a man he’s never met, he asks him, “What do you do?” From there, it’s easy to unwittingly go down a path of vanity: “You say you work in manufacturing. Hmm, ok. But oh, … Continue reading

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