"If churches would learn to do their own work and lean upon their own God develop strength, instead of the preacher's support, put the preacher in the mission field and weak places where they ought to be, the dictator, church-destroying, located minister would be outlawed." David Lipscomb
"To employ men to preach the gospel in a Christian congregation is a satire upon that congregation which employs them. It is the duty of every Christian to proclaim the word to those ignorant of it...
That any man is to be paid for preaching, i.e., for making sermons and pronouncing them; or that any man is to be hired for a stipulated sum to preach and pray, and expound scripture, by the day, month, or year, I believe to be a relic of popery." Alexander Campbell
"If I declare with loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of God's Truth except for that one little bit which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ no matter how boldly I may be professing Christ. For the soldier to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that single point." Martin Luther
"The pastor is not a necessity. He is a fungus growth upon the church, the body of Christians, dwarfing its growth, preventing its development of its members; and until the church gets rid of him it will never prosper as it should. In the Bible we can find all the necessities.
I can testify from my own observation that a good eldership will lose its efficiency, and its members become both unable and unwilling to do the work of elders, in a very few years after the employment of a pastor. And if under the pastor system a good eldership has ever developed, I have never seen or heard of the case. I don't believe that has or ever will be done." James A. Harding (for whom Harding College was named), Gospel Advocate, May 20, 1885
"To know how to say what other people only think, is what makes men poets and sages; and to dare to say what others only dare to think, makes men martyrs or reformers, or both." Dickens
This is our permanent purpose ... to make Jesus Christ known, obeyed, trusted, loved ... in all human relationships.
Because young children are unable to distinguish fact from fantasy, they regard television as information about how the world works.
THE TEN BEST DRESSED WOMEN IN 1993
1. The woman whose modesty adorns herself.
2. The woman who clothes herself in good works.
3. The woman who does not garb herself with tattling and gossip.
4. The woman who refuses to wear the garment of idleness.
5. The woman whose warmth is generated by an inner love for others.
6. The woman who dresses that she may not be a stumbling block to younger women, or men of any age.
7. The woman whose feet are shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
8. The woman who sparkles, not with jewelry, but with her love for her family.
9. The woman who drapes herself with chasteness and fidelity.
10. The woman whose best suit is love for Christ and His ecclesia called-out people.
"... let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on the apparel" (1 Peter 3:3).
"When He was on the cross His mind was on me!"