Religion


For God so loved the world, 
that he gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish,
but have everlasting life. 
For God sent not his Son into the world 
to condemn the world 
but that the world through him 
might be saved. 

John 3:16, 17 - KJV:

Listen.

Here is a picture of my brother Ron and I with our Zipper Bibles. I still have mine. From its pages God filled my mind with the wonderful things of His Word, and it blessed my teenage year with a living faith and empowered me to overcome many temptations. It formed the solid foundation for the rest of my life in Christ. Here is a portrait of the Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ where I worshiped as a lad. Here is a list of the Scriptures that I marked in my Zipper Bible as a young lad on the farm, Out of My Bible

The purpose of this page is to share my faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Creator of heaven and earth, and in His only begotten Son,  Jesus Christ.  

Simple Trusting Faith
by Carl Ketcherside

It gives me great pleasure to direct you to a book that was of great value to me in building my faith and overcoming doubt when I was a young man. The book is not too long, and it is very easy to read and understand. It's arguments are sound and convincing. I pray that it will help you as much as it helped me. The name of the book is Simple Trusting Faith by Carl Ketcherside. It can be read at: Simple Trusting Faith. In June 2010, I republished the book in a more accessible e-book format: Simple Trusting Faith

The Work of the Holy Spirit in the Book of Romans by W. Carl Ketcherside. These 12 articles on the Book of Romans were first published in the Mission Messenger as a series of monthly articles on the Book of Romans. 

College Press Textbook Series: Green Books. I grew up reading Brother Don DeWelt's College Press publications. I highly recommend these FREE commentaries and books. 

Dr. R. C. Foster’s magisterial Studies in the Life of Christ. It was my privilege to take several classes under Dr. Foster before he passed away shortly after I graduated from the Cincinnati Christian University. I also had the privilege to take undergraduate courses and a graduate course under his son, Dr. Lewis Foster. 

Does God Exist?

The most important question you will ever answer is whether or not there is a God. Everything you think and do will be determined by the way you answer that questions. John Clayton of South Bend, Indiana is a Christian and a long time biology teacher. He escaped from Atheism by examining the evidence for God. His web site is loaded with information that can help you make an informed decision on this most momentous question. I especially recommend his free Internet study course. Be sure and visit his web site: Does God Exist.

Intellectual Design Movement

One of the most outstanding developments in the intellectual life of America today is the Intellectual Design Movement. The leaders in this movement have successful challenged naturalistic evolution. Here is a link to the Design Inference Website and the writings of one of the movements most articulate leaders, William A. Dembski. Also see this general purpose site: Christian Colligation of Apologetics Debate Research & EvangelismCADRE. Here is a multimedia course in Intellectual Design. Here is Albert Fairhurst's 1897 Organic Evolution Considered. I mentioned it here because it anticipates the positions of the Intellectual Design Movement. Here is another source for Organic Evolution Considered

The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?

The late conservative scholar F. F. Bruce published a popularly written little book on the reliability of the New Testament. You can read it by clicking onThe New Testament Documents.   Here George Park Fisher's 1892 Manual of Christian Evidences It covers much the same ground as Bruce's book. Fisher also published a Manual of Natural Theology covering the poofs for the existence of God. I was very happy to find that Edward Warton's book, Christianity, A Clear Case of History, is now available on line. On January 25, 1968, I received a copy of J. J. McGarvey's Evidences of Christianity from my parents and immediately read it from cover to cover. It remains one of the clearest presentations of the Text, Genuineness, Credibility and Inspiratiion of the NT. Perhaps you will find the 1839 debate between A. Campbell and Robert Owen of interest: Debate On the Evidences of Christianity

Read Your Bible in a Year

Here is my favorite calendar for reading the Bible through in a year. It was arranged by D. W. Whittle of Philadelphia: Bible Schedule. Here is a Henry H. Halley's Bible Reading Schedule taken from his Bible Handbook. It will take you through the OT once and the NT twice. Here is a unique 52 Week Bible Reading Plan you can start any week of the year. Here is an example of my personal Bible Reading: Everyday with God in 1978 & 1979. I was blessed by God to read the LXX and Greek NT in 1978 and the Greek NT 4 times in 1979. The secret is to faithfully read a little bit everyday. 

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis. Miracles by C. S. Lewis. Of the two books, the latter was the most important. I read it in college  back in 1967. It cured me of any tendency to naturalism. For that I am ever thankful to Lewis. 

Kids' Gospel of Mark Club

The Gospel of Mark is a wonderful book to use to introduce children to the Gospels. I have developed a fun program to direct and motivate elementary kids enjoy reading the Gospel of Mark. Here is the text of Mark Divided Into Paragraphs. Gospel of Mark Club Certificate of Completion. Here are the Power Point Presentations for each chapter: Mark 1

The Bible In Schools: Various Plans

An  interesting and valuable book on teaching the Bible to youth.

How to Study the English Bible

James M. Grey 1907 How to Master the English Bible. I found this book on a shelf at the Cincinnati Bible Seminary where I got my B.S. It continues to be a great help to me in my personal Bible study. It will help you. W. H. Griffith Thomas wrote Method of Bible Study, which has a lot of good information.

Bible Versions

Everyone wonders, "What is the best version of the Bible?" Personally, I do most of my New Testament study in the original Greek. (See my Greek web page if you care to try. It is not as hard as you might think.) The King James Version is the one I read as a youth. It is written in simple, easy to understand English, about a 12th grade level. A few words have changed meaning, but that is not much of problem if you have a Dictionary handy. The New King James Version is a responsible update, which I have used for the last two decades in much of my preaching and teaching, about a 9th grade level. Of the newer versions, I must confess that the NIV leaves me flat. I know it is popular, but I find its style uninviting. The newer English Standard Version (ESV) is much superior to the NIV. It is much easier to do serious Bible study with the ESV because it is an essentially literal version.  It is translated from the latest Nestle Greek text which is based on earlier, but perhaps inferior manuscripts. For a good comparison of the NIV and the ESV, click here:NIV-ESV. You can order your own copy at:  English Standard Version The entire text is available along with a beautiful oral reading by Marquis Laughli ESV Bible Online

Here is a review of The New Revised Standard Version by the Late Dr. Arthur L. Farstad. 
Here is a short, well balanced article on Gender-Inclusive Versions by Ron Minton. 
Here is a link to a review of Dr. Arthur Farstad's The NJKV in the Great Tradition.

Ira M. Price 1920 The Ancestry of Our English Bible

Our Grand Old Bible: Being the Story of the Authorized Version of the Bible (1901) by William Muir. This book was written for the celebration of the 300 anniversary of the KJV. 

The Authorized Version: As Wonderful and Unfinished History  by C. P. Hallihan (2010). An illustrated history of the KJV. A KJV Documentary. David Crystal, “Impact of KJV on Modern English

Expository Preaching

I am a great lover of expository preaching. There is nothing I enjoy more than preaching expository sermons and hearing others preach expository sermons. Expository preaching takes a Bible passage and reveals in contemporary terms the meaning and application of the passage for men and women today. I was very fortunate early in my ministry to study Charles Kohler's useful volume, Expository Preaching without Notes. This one volume contains all the information needed to build expository sermons of great spiritual power. You can read my review on Amazon.com and order your copy today at: How to Preach Without Notes: Kohler. I also notice that the textbook I studied in college is available from Google, A Thesis on the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons by John A. Broadus. Another book on preaching that I have found helpful is Dabney's Sacred Rhetoric or a Series of Lectures on Preaching. I learned of Dabney's book from Why Johnny Can't Preach by T. David Gordon. Dr. Gordon explains why he wrote Why Johnny Can’t Preach on this video. Be sure and read Dr. Arthur F. Katt's G. Campbell Morgan and Sermon Preparation

   How to Memorize Scripture for Spiritual Power

Many Christians yearn to hide God's Word in their hearts in order to gain intimacy with the mind of the Master. Brother Marlin S. Hoffman taught me his powerful method for memorizing Scripture which enabled me to memorize whole books of the Bible. You can learn his method by clicking, Hoffman's Memorization Method. Mrs. Perla Sarmiento recently translated Hoffman's method into Spanish: Método de Memorización de la Palabra de Dios de Marlin Hoffman. Another web site that has practical, how-to information on memorizing extended passages of Scripture can be found at Extended Memorization. Here a book on improving memory: Assimilative Memory. Here are some thought on how to memorize Ephesians. Here is a document I produced to help you memorize Ephesians Verbatim in the KJV version based on Mike Shead's Verbatim Method. Sam Blumenfeld on The Importance of Rote Learning. Bendy Tree, LLC has an excellent iPhone app, Memorize Anything. Here is another document I wrote on How to Memorize Ephesians: English, Greek, and Spanish. N. A. & Jim Woychuk wrote, “What Ever it Takes To Get (You &) Your Children to Memorize Scripture

 

Psalms 23: Prescription for Healthy Thinking

Charles L. Allen published God's Psychiatry in 1953. I have found it very helpful, especially his Prescription of Psalms 23. He writes, "The Twenty-third Psalm is pattern of thinking, and when a mind becomes saturated with it, a new way of thinking and a new life are the result. It contains only 118 words. One could memorize it in a short time. In fact, most of us already know it. But its power is not in memorizing the words, but rather in thinking the thoughts." Click on the heading. Here is Oliver Huckel's The Melody of God's Love: A New Piping on the Shepherd's Flute: Being a Devotional Unfolding of the Twenty-Third Psalm (1900). 

Bible Translations Online

The following link is an excellent choice for Bible translations: Site-Berea Translations  It has various English and other language translations as well as Dr. A. T. Robertson's justly famous Word Pictures commentary on the NT.

Listen to the King James Bible
Alexander Scourby's Recordings on the Internet

Listen to the Alexander Scourby's wonderful oral reading of the entire King James Bible.  There are 72 hours of recording here free for your listening enjoyment and spiritual growth. Audio-Bible King James Version. May 5, 2011 was the 400 anniversary of the publication of the KJV. I am personally celebrating by reading the KVJ for my personal devotions this year and invite everyone to join me. Read more about the Celebration. Those who share my enthusiasm for English grammar will enjoy James Moses Grainger's (1907) thesis, Studies in the Syntax of the KJV. Also The That-Clause in the Authorized Version of the Bible (1910) by Herbert G. Shearin. F. H. A. Schrivener's The Authorized Edition of the English Bible (1611) is a must-read for scholars. Here is another source for Alexander Scourby’s Recording of the KJV

The The Bible in MP3 Audio Format

AUDIO TREASURE is a wonderful web site for listening to the Bible in mp3 format. You can listen to the Bible in a number of different languages, even Hebrew! Here is the link: AUDIO TREASURE.

Hebrew Bible

For a incredibly beautiful audio rendition of the Hebrew Bible, I recommend Navigating the Bible I. The text is printed in Hebrew with the vowels and translations in both English and Spanish. 

Ruth in Hebrew

Dr. Louis Tyler just send me a marvelous oral rendition of Ruth from the Hebrew Bible for publication on my web site. Ruth is a book often used as a basis for teaching the Hebrew Language. These mp3 files will prove very helpful to experienced scholars and beginning students. His e-mail is: lrtyler@grandecom. net. Click on the chapter you want to hear: Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3.Chapter 4.

Psalms 23

Here is a suggestive study of the structure of Psalms 23. Here is another study of Psalms 23

Bible Based Beginning Phonics Reading Program - For second-grade through adult

For anyone you know who has problems reading, I highly recommend Elizabeth Brown's interactive Quick Time self-teaching program. This program is for students from second-grade through adult. It requires only pencil and paper! Upon completing the course the students will be able to read the entire book of Romans for themselves. In fact, Romans is the Reader for this program! It covers phonics from the first principles to complex words necessary to for a student to read and understand the Bible for themselves: The Phonics Page. I have used it with several students and found it highly effective. 

Recommended Commentary on Romans

For serious study of the book of Romans, I know of no better commentary than that by my good friend, Dr. Jack Cottrell, professor of Apologetics and Biblical Theology at the Cincinnati Christian University in Cincinnati, Ohio. You can examine the Contents by clicking here: Table of Contents . You can order the book as an e-book at: Commentary on Romans, A handsome hardback copy can be ordered from the publisher at College Press: College Press. Here is a paper Dr. Cottrell delivered in 2003 on "Pharaoh as a Paradigm for Israel in Romans 9:18."Here is "A Theological Outline of Romans 1-8," published in March 1979. 

First Principles or Elements of the Gospel Analyzed and Discussed (1868) by Isaac Errett. I first read this book in 1971 and have found it very informative. 

James D. Strauss Worldview Website. The late Dr. James D. Strauss was a graduate student at Indiana University when I was a freshmen there. I met him once or twice there. Later I met him at the Cincinnati Bible College (Christian University) and obtained several of his book. This is for advanced students. 

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

For those who do not know how to read Greek but want to look up the meaning of the Greek words in the New Testament, here is Vine's Expository Dictionary of the New Testament: Vine's Expository Dictionary.

Evangelism Charts

Here are some charts I have used for personal evangelism that were used in an evangelism campaign sponsored by the Sunset Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas back in 1974. This is a very large file. I recommend that you download it once and save it to your hard drive. Click here for to download a set: Evangelism Charts

Twilight of a Great Civilization: The Drift Toward Neo-Paganism by Carl F. H. Henry. I read this book of highly significant essays at least ten years ago. It deserves a close reading by those concerned about the secular drift of society today.    

e-Sword

Here is a wonderful computer program that you can download for free. It will allow you to load various Bible programs on your computer, even Greek texts! Sorry Mac owners, it only works on IBM. Just click: e-Sword. Since I am a Mac user, I have made Accordance my Bible study software of choice, and highly recommend it. 

Peter S. Williams, Archaeology and the Historical Reliability of the New Testament. A marvelous and up-to-date presentation of how archaeology confirms the historical reliability of the New Testament. 

The Gospel of Our Lord Made Visible: Historical Chart of the Life of Christ 

(1912) by George Edward Croscup. Wonderful charts and a harmony for grasping the outline of our Lord's life. 

Mohammed, Buddha, and Christ: Four Lectures on Natural and Revealed Religion by Marcus Dods. I have included this book because of the great interest in Mohammed and Buddha in America and around the world today.

Popular Lectures on the Books of the New Testament: . (1914) by Augustus Hopkins Strong. A very readable account of the history and contents of the books of the New Testament. Note especially the section "John's Gospel the Complement of Luke's."  

Dr. Samuel Blumenfeld sermon on Evolution and American Education

Noah Webster 1834 Value of the Bible and Excellence of the Christian Religion: For Use of Families and Schools. 

The Christian Religion in Its Doctrinal Expression by E. Y. Mullins. 

Dan Wallace's Introductions and Outlines for the books of the NT. 

Life in the Holy Land: This is wonderful site that publishes old pictures of the Holy Land. 

A. B. Jones, The Spiritual Side of Our Plea. A thought provoking book, that I read many years ago. 

One of the best ever book on prayer: George Muller: A Life of Trust. 

B. B. Warfield's classic article "The Religious Life of Theological Students.” 

A Harmony of the Gospels for Students of the Life of Christ by John A. Broadus and A. T. Robertson (1920) 

Revelation by Phil Sanders. 

Outside the Bible itself, perhaps the most important contribution to my spiritual life was C. S. Lewis, Miracles, which forever cured me of Naturalism.

Some may wonder what I think about the recent Supreme Court decision on Same-Sex Marriage. Here is what I consider the Biblical Answer presented by a leading Evangelical. John Piper ’s Biblical presentation, Homosexuality: A Tragic Oxymoron, is clear and scriptural for those who still believe in the Christian Bible as God revelation to man. My long time friend, Dr. Jack Cottrell of the Cincinnati Christian University where I got my B.S. Degree, preached his First Sermon on Homosexuality in 1973. Perhaps the most exhaustive study of the subject is Conservapedia. 

Scientific evidence for benefits of fasting. I would like to mention that when I was a student at at the Sunset School of Preaching in Lubbock, Texas, I fasted one day a week for almost there years. That was under the influence of Marlin Hoffman. I rode my bike 8 miles per day, ran two miles per day. I always enjoyed more energy after a fast. I also sent on several longer fasts. I am not surprised that science is discovering health benefits of fasting. Dr. Cottrell’s Second Sermon on Homosexuality was preached on July 17, 2015. 

A Christian Response To Tattooing. Here is a good article that pretty well sums up my personal opinion. Perhaps a strange link to put on my religion page, but I am deeply puzzled that so many of our young Christians are following the world in this respect that I felt it incumbent upon me to add something to my website about it. A dear friend of mine told me that her husband suffered horribly when he had to start taking blood thinner for a heart problem. The blood would seep through the tattoos. She asked me to please mentions this to people.