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January 5, 2017 by Chuck Hartman 0 comments

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.’...Keep Reading

January 5, 2017 by Chuck Hartman 0 comments

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 the sand is well know to all....Keep Reading

January 5, 2017 by Chuck Hartman 0 comments

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 time-saving device, and one sometimes thinks that if we are blessed with any more time-saving devices, we will complete our text or email five minutes before we start it! AutoFill is not infallible, to be sure, and its cousin, AutoCorrect, is downright dangerous. But it is convenient when typing or texting long words (texting long words? Who does that??). Still, there are other areas of our lives where AutoFill is thoroughly counterproductive....Keep Reading

January 5, 2017 by Chuck Hartman 0 comments

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’;...Keep Reading