Jim McKendrick

Books to Help You Grow

A young believer, encouraged by some well-meaning older person, makes a trip to the local Christian bookstore. On a fine Saturday morning, he opens the door to what he expects to be a real adventure. He has in his pocket some hard-earned money and is ready to part with it for the learning he will find in the books he purchases. But upon entering, he is greeted with an array of gifts, videos, cards, music, and other assorted merchandise. He finally makes his way to the b...

The Proof of the Pudding

A few years ago I was introduced to an older gentleman whose demeanor and smile made me want to get to know him better. I had heard about this man, so when I was in his area for a few meetings, I made an appointment to meet with him in his home one afternoon. I came a little like the queen of Sheba--with some hard questions about how to see assemblies grow and how to overcome difficulties that crop up from time to time. And I left many hours later (almost late for the m...

A Life's Work

Have you read a good book lately? I certainly hope you have. I generally have more than one going at any one time. There are a lot of good books and I read them all a little differently. For instance, the other evening I got involved in a good biography and ended up finishing it before I went to bed in the wee hours of the morning. Now if I were reading a commentary, that wouldn't happen. For I normally use commentaries as reference tools and refer to a good one a...

Growing on Vines

There is an interesting verse in Acts 13:36 which says, "David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep . . . " If you will allow me to apply that thought in a different context, I would say that many books and their writers serve their own generation by the will of God and then both books and writers pass away. There is nothing inherently wrong with that. In each generation, God raises up those to serve Him and His people. The members o...

Do It!

In November 1992, America voted for change. The change seems to be the removal of the last vestige of the Judeo-Christian values and standards upon which our country was built--thus leading America into a completely pagan system which blots out all remembrances of God as surely as Communism did in the old Soviet Union. In a well-written editorial in Israel My Glory, Elwood McQuaid writes: "Our mandate at this moment is to proclaim and live out a clear contradiction to...

The Hope Within

I was raised in a Christian home. The Bible was held in high esteem as God's Word, historically true, inerrant in content, completely trustworthy for all matters of life and doctrine. The Book itself was held in high regard. If you carelessly dropped a school book on the ground you were reproved--but dropping your Bible carelessly was an offense of much greater magnitude. So it was at a young age I rested my soul's eternal welfare upon what it said. It seemed so simple....

Majoring on Minors

There is a section of our Bibles tucked away at the end of the Old Testament. The majority of us know very little about it. When the preacher asks us to turn to one of these books, we start singing the books of the Bible to ourselves so we can find the place. They are known collectively as the Minor Prophets. The first of these books is Hosea and from there to Malachi is probably one of the least known sections of our Bibles. They are called minor not because they ...

On the Hunt

Former President Bush (Sr.) declared the Cold War to be over, that we were entering a new age of peace and co-operation in the world. President Clinton* is working hard at dismantling our military weapons. The "Star Wars" initiative, with its billions of dollars invested, is dropped as unnecessary. Peace just around the corner is the clarion cry of our political leaders. Environmentalists and animal rights groups tell us we need to be at peace with our environment, fo...

Systematic Theology

I had the privilege of working a number of years with a fine Christian businessman by the name of Bob Kregel. He was in the business of publishing and retailing Christian books. That is not an easy business. There is such a fine line between necessary profit and greed, between advertising and Madison Avenue hype, between ministry and business, that each decision presents a real challenge. Each owner must make these decisions before the Lord and his own conscience, but i...

Reflections

Summertime is usually a time for reflection and relaxation. A time when decisions are made to begin afresh with some good solid Bible study in September. Maybe you've even decided the book or the topic you're going to dig into. So you are going to make that all too often neglected trip to the bookstore for some help. Some of you live too far from a book store and you begin to look through the retail book catalog that has a great number of offerings. But the same questio...
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