“I just want you to get me a Bible”

How many Bibles do you have? A quick survey through the bookcase in my office turned up more than 20. I can find almost any version I want on the Internet. And if I every need a new one, I can pick one up at dozens of stores here in town. That’s not true for […]

10,000 Reasons and Unity in Christ

Romans 8 tells us that nothing can separate us from the love that God has for us. Unfortunately we have come up with 10,000 reasons to withhold love from one another in spite of what God has done for us in Christ. It is easier to talk more about what divides us than what unites […]

Jesus Came Proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom – What is the Gospel?

When Jesus began his ministry I have often focused on the very first “red letters” of Jesus’ public ministry that we get in Matthew and the very first words of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark. Here they are, Matthew 4:17 – “From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of […]

Giving Away a $600 Logos Premium Cloud Subscription

One of our goals at Wineskins is to promote solid biblical study. One of the ways we like to do that is by providing as many resources as we can to help you in your study. We have done that in the past through things like our free small group and Bible class lessons and […]

Churches of Christ – Restoration When Restoration Wasn’t Cool

I love the Restoration Movement. The idea of re-embodying the early church in the present day world appeals to me. I appreciate the idea of reconnecting today with yesterday and putting down roots that go back thousands of years. Restoration in general is something that has come into its own both culturally and biblically in […]

Doctrines, Issues and Dealing with Differences

It was many years ago when an acquaintance heard where I worshiped and quipped, “Oh, aren’t you the church who thinks you’re the only ones going to Heaven?”  Flash forward a decade or so and another associate remarked, “You’re the ones who don’t believe in instrumental music, right?” It’s a bit vexing that the world […]

What Must I Do To Be Saved? The Answer May Not Be What You Think

What must I do to be saved? That question has typically been answered in a very linear fashion. Line up these give points a draw a line from lost to saved. Bingo…you’re in! But what if there is more to salvation than that? What if God had something very different in mind when he talked […]

Love Defines Us: Connecting Our Division and Decline With Our Attitude

As Paul made his defense against the accusations that had been leveled against him he said this, “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, educated strictly according to our ancestral law, being zealous for God, just as all of you are today.” […]

2016: The Year of Defining Issues in Churches of Christ

There are a lot of issues that are talked about these days in Churches of Christ. Most of these issues are not actually new issues. Many of them have been talked about for generations. I am talking about everything from women’s roles to how we worship to how we read and interpret the Bible. These […]