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 in 1970. Here is an epitaph for Professor Foster: I have Fought the Good Fight. 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. Fairhurst also wrote Theistic Evolution (1919). 

The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?

Here George Park Fisher's 1892 Manual of Christian Evidences. 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.