Category Archives: Ethics

When Is A Divorce, A Divorce?

A couple gets divorced for reasons other than fornication.  In time, one of them remarries, or becomes sexually involved with another.  May the other partner (in that original marriage) now remarry with God’s approval? There are brethren, “conservative brethren,” on … Continue reading

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Paying Taxes

This time of the year can be frustrating.  Documents are gathered.  Receipts are gathered and reviewed.  It is tax season. It is a complicated system.  The government favors or incentivizes certain behavior and business.  Can’t we just go to a … Continue reading

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Cursed Be Canaan

A preacher and dear friend in Africa contacted me, asking me to explain why Noah cursed Canaan (Genesis 9:18-27).  Let’s consider the text… “Noah began to be a farmer, and he planted a vineyard.  Then he drank of the wine and … Continue reading

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Matthew 12:1-8 – Situation Ethics?

“At that time Jesus went through the grain fields on the Sabbath.  And His disciples were hungry, and began to pluck the heads of grain and to eat.  And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, ‘Look, Your … Continue reading

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A Lesson on Borrowing

The Bible is clear that we should be willing to lend and share, if we are able, with those in need.  “A good man deals graciously and lends” (Psalm 112:5).  “Give to  him who asks you, and from him who … Continue reading

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Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage (Paul: 1 Corinthians 7, Part 6)

“Now concerning virgins: I have no commandment from the Lord; yet I give judgment as one whom the Lord in His mercy has made trustworthy” (1 Corinthians 7:25). Paul had received questions from the brethren at Corinth (1 Corinthians 7:1 … Continue reading

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Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage (Paul: 1 Corinthians 7, Part 5)

“But… as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk” (1 Corinthians 7:17). These next several verses (v. 17-24, 26) return us to the general principle: Do not divorce your non-Christians mate (cf. v. 13-14).  Paul has just … Continue reading

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