Pardee Butler: “You Can Not Teach an Old Dog New Tricks”

Pardee Butler (1816-1888) was an evangelist who spent much of his time preaching in Kansas. He first came to Kansas in 1855 prior to it entering the union. During this time, there was an intense – often violent – debate over whether Kansas would be a free state or a slave state. Butler, with his [...]

Bringing Up Children in the Lord (Part 6): Raising Children to be Christians

“I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in truth” (3 John 4). Though the passage above refers to Christians in general, the principle certainly applies to the relationship between parents and children. As parents strive to “bring [their children] up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians [...]

Bringing Up Children in the Lord (Part 5): Raising Children in a Wicked World

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). It would be difficult to find a society that was as corrupt as the one in the days of Noah. This society was so wicked [...]

Bringing Up Children in the Lord (Part 4): Training Children

“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). The training of children is done in two ways – by instruction (teaching them what is right) and by discipline (punishing them for doing what is wrong). Parents must take their responsibility to [...]

R.W. Officer: “Suppose I Have No Interpretation of the Bible on Any Subject”

Robert Wallace Officer (1845-1930), at one point in his life, served as a missionary for the Liberty Baptist Association. During this six year period, he faced several charges of heresy. Below is an excerpt from a heresy trial in which Dr. J.R. Graves examined him to determine his “soundness of faith.” Graves: “But what will [...]

Bringing Up Children in the Lord (Part 3): Parents as Role Models

“A righteous man who walks in his integrity—how blessed are his sons after him” (Proverbs 20:7). When we think about raising children, we might immediately think of training them. This is done through instruction and discipline. We will consider this more in the next lesson. However, what we will deal with in this lesson is [...]

Bringing Up Children in the Lord (Part 2): The Home in Which Children are Raised

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…” (Genesis 1:27-28). God’s plan from the beginning was for a man and a woman to “be fruitful and [...]

Bringing Up Children in the Lord (Part 1): The Gift of Children

“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the [...]

Bringing Up Children in the Lord: Introduction

The topic of parenting is vital – not only for the Lord’s church, but also for society as a whole. Children are the future; therefore, it is important that parents take their responsibility seriously to bring up their children in the right way. Before beginning this study, I want to address a potential question at the [...]

William Hayden: “I Did Not Mean to Believe Him; But I Could Not Help Believing Him”

As was common among the early figures of the Restoration Movement, William Hayden (1799-1863) had to leave the denominational errors and Calvinistic theories that he had previously been taught. In the following excerpt, Hayden describes the first opportunity he had to listen to Alexander Campbell. “I had heard some time before of one Alexander Campbell. I [...]