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Exploring the Heart of Restoration

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Bobby Valentine

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Regardless of claims to the contrary no one merely reads the Bible. The Bible is interpreted, by everyone. When Christians say that women do not have wear veils; we do not have to greet each other with a kiss; we do not have to lift up hands in prayer; women are not saved by…

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Now and Then

Two thousand years of Christian history separates today’s disciples from those we read of in the Acts of the Apostles. That distance has created some major conceptual changes that sometimes make it harder to hear the writings of the apostles.


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My “Natural” but Unnatural Assumption

For a good portion of my life I read Genesis 1 through my own Alabama eyes. The text was given to prove the theory of evolution wrong. I never once stopped to ask what the text could possibly mean to an Israelite in 800 BC…

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“Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is…

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Alexander Campbell is one of the primary movers in the American Restoration Movement. This movement was primarily an effort to find ways of unifying the fragmented church. But Campbell believed the best way of accomplishing this goal was to facilitate better, not just more, reading of the Bible. To that end, Campbell devoted…

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Cypress Publications is an imprintof Heritage Christian University Press

John Young, a doctoral candidate at the University of Alabama, has penned a small volume for use in a small group or Bible class setting titled Visions of Restoration: The History of the Churches of Christ (111 pgs). There are thirteen chapters, each followed…

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I did not realize what an intensely personal journey down memory lane it would be, as I opened Searching for the Pattern. Reading Searching was like watching a movie of my own quest somehow unfolding before my eyes.

Searching for the Pattern is divided up…

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Accused of Being a False Teacher

Recently a brother gave me a warning, it was out of love I am sure. “Watch false teachers that want to make the Church of Christ like Denominations.” The caps are his.

This was a well meaning brother. But…

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When modern disciples think of “the law,” or torah, we tend to think of complicated rules, regulations and arcane sentiments.  Many would probably express sentiments like the torah is the essence of legalism and ritualism.  What we modern disciples are likely not to think of is love, grace, joy, intimacy and prayer.


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A few years ago I found myself in a synagogue on the Sabbath. I watched in awe at the great care taken in bringing the Torah scroll to the podium. Then the scroll was unwrapped and rolled open, then God’s word was read in our hearing. Concluding the reading, the congregation…

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