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. 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. 

Professor 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),  which is a minor revision of the 1971 Revised Standard Version, is  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 Laughlin ESV Bible Online. Be sure and read Wayne Grudem’s “The Advantages of the ESV Translation." 

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 website 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. Here is a plan for memorizing Ephesians using Walter L. Leifeld’s Outline. N. A. & Jim Woychuk wrote, “What Ever it Takes To Get (You &) Your Children to Memorize Scripture. I & II Timothy Memory Outline and Text. Here is an Outline with Scripture for memorizing the Sermon on the Mount.  

 

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 a