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John Howard Yoder - a Retraction

It has come to my attention that John Howard Yoder participated in activities - indeed, instigated such activities - that are totally contrary to biblical propriety; they were, in no uncertain terms, sin. His abuse of the educational and ecclesiastical power granted to him within his denomination is reprehensible. I apologize for failing to perform due diligence in regard ...

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2 Corinthians 1:3 ‘Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.’

This Week's Focus Passage: 2 Corinthians 1:3 'Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.' Paul's second epistle to the church at Corinth, is considered, and fairly so, by many writers, theologians, and commentators, to bethebook, or epistle, of comfort. And this is surely the primary subject of this second epistle from Paul, the apo...

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To The Congregation - January 10, 2021

To the congregation - We are looking forward to resuming in-person worship this Lord's Day, January 10th. We are planning on celebrating the Lord's Supper but will further postpone the Fellowship Luncheon until at least February. The elders are closely monitoring the current situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic and the conditions in the Upstate, including in Upsta...

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To The Congregation - January 1, 2021

To the Congregation. Hopefully by now you have heard that Neil Slater has tested positive for COVID-19 and has had a fever since the 23rd. Along with Josh's illness (and mild illnesses for Elizabeth and Molly), this places the coronavirus closer to our congregation than it has been thus far (Bob Mina did also test positive, but he was not at any church functions prior to ...

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Musings

Musings Sunday Evening March 29, 2020 As we listened from our living room to Neil reading in Ezekiel this morning, the lyrics to Fernando Ortega's song,City of Sorrows, came to my mind. "By the waters of Babylon, still and deep" Ezekiel was written, of course, from the venue of the Babylonian Exile, when the Jewish people were estranged from their ancestral land and, to ...

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Introducing The Plumb Line

Socrates famously said that ‘An unexamined life is not worth living.’ Well, the premise of The Plumb Line, a teaching ministry of Fellowship Bible Church, Greenville, is a paraphrase of this: ‘An unexamined faith is not worth believing.’...

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Why The Plumb Line?

Metaphors and word pictures are a powerful means whereby God has unveiled both His own Person and His plan for the world and the universe in His Holy Word. And one of the most common word pictures found in the Scriptures pertains to the construction industry – the building of a house. Jesus’ pithy saying in regard to the relative merits of building on the rock or on th...

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AutoFill

In a recent Sunday School class at our church, the instructor used the analogy of that ubiquitous feature of all SmartThings – iPads and Pods, SmartPhones, GoogleSearch and other gadgets too brilliant by half. That is the AutoFill feature, whereby the device anticipates the word you are typing and offers to short-circuit the finger process and fill in the word. It’s a ...

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Some Things Hard To Understand

A controversy has raged with varying degrees of heat for the past several decades in regard to the Apostle Paul’s doctrine of justification by faith. In itself the debate is rather complicated, but taken from a broader perspective of Pauline doctrine as detailed in his epistles, it serves as an example of ‘autofill’;...

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‘He chose us in him before the foundation of the world.’

Focus Passage: Ephesians 1:4 ‘He chose us in him before the foundation of the world.’ ...

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‘Oh let the nations be glad and sing for joy.’

Focus Passage: Psalm 67:4 ‘Oh let the nations be glad and sing for joy.’ ...

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‘But there was a certain man, Simon by name….the eunuch saw him no more.’

Focus Passage: Acts 8:9, 39 ‘But there was a certain man, Simon by name….the eunuch saw him no more.’ ...

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‘No man,……..looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.’

Focus Passage: Luke 9:62 ‘No man,……..looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.’ ...

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