Author Archives: Mark

About Mark

I was raised in the conservative non-institutional churches of Christ and attended Florida College in Tampa, Florida. I served as a minister for 8 years in the non-institutional churches of Christ, and 4 years at a mainline church of Christ in Vermont.

Women were the first Evangelists

Rowan and Irene LeCompte, Mary Magdalene in the garden with Jesus   The word Evangelist is a Greek word meaning bearer of good news. Who were the first bearers of the good news of the resurrection? Women! In fact the … Continue reading

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Why do Fundamentalist Families resemble Alcoholic Families?

I remember inviting a family from church over to our house for Sunday lunch several years ago. They had many children. They had recently left a Pentecostal Church to join the church we were attending because the Pentecostal Church had … Continue reading

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Why Evangelicals Don’t Help the Poor

Reasons Evangelicals give for not helping the poor: 1. Poor people are lazy The apostle Paul said, “If they won’t work, neither let them eat.” However, there aren’t enough jobs in the United States for all the workers. The unemployment … Continue reading

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Scriptures Jesus Did Not Quote From

Jesus, as a Messiah for the Jews of Judea and Galilee, followed in the footsteps of several Messiahs. Some extremely brave leaders are recorded in the Apocrypha (the books of the Catholic Bible that were written during the 400 years between … Continue reading

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Appointing Elders, A Puritan Tradition

The Churches of Christ in which I grew up, appointed elders in three different ways. One group cited the commands to Timothy and Titus to appoint elders with specific qualifications, and had preachers appoint elders in congregations. They either had … Continue reading

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The Primitive Baptists and the Churches of Christ

I was reading up on the Primitive Baptists this week and was astounded at how parallel their history is to the Churches of Christ: 1. The Primitive Baptists sing acapella, because that is the way the Scriptures teach them. They … Continue reading

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Who Does God Choose?

Recently my mother of 86 years died and I went home for the funeral. In addition to the normal sadness of such an event, coming from a missionary family of a sect, and having been withdrawn from (disfellowshipped, shunned) years … Continue reading

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