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Latest Reflections

  • Fri
    Sep
    23
    2016

    57 Million and Counting

    Don Prather23 September 2016
    57 Million and Counting             Like plodding horses with bl...
  • Fri
    Sep
    16
    2016

    Systematic Desensitization to Sin

    Don Prather16 September 2016
    Systematic Desensitization to Sin Wile E. Coyote & Penelope Cruz         &...
  • Fri
    Sep
    09
    2016

    The Ministry Of An Hour Here And An Hour There

    Don Prather09 September 2016
    The Ministry Of An Hour Here And An Hour There             Choos...
  • Fri
    Sep
    02
    2016

    Centering Ourselves Isn't Salvation

    Don Prather02 September 2016
    Centering Ourselves Isn't Salvation             Living in 2016 h...
  • Fri
    Aug
    26
    2016

    Some Are, But Others Are Not

    Barbara Cantu26 August 2016
    Some Are, But Others Are Not "What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell just as sweet...
  • Fri
    Aug
    12
    2016

    Two Views of Human Nature; Two Views of Preaching

    Don Prather12 August 2016
    Two Views of Human Nature; Two Views of Preaching             Tw...
  • Fri
    Aug
    05
    2016

    Legalism: IS, and ISN'T

    Don Prather05 August 2016
    Legalism: IS, and ISN'T             Hearing two recent uses of t...
  • Fri
    Jul
    22
    2016

    "Quiet and Peaceful Lives" (II)

    Don Prather22 July 2016
    "Quiet and Peaceful Lives" (II)             Describing a purpose...
  • Fri
    Jul
    15
    2016

    The Prosperity Gospel, Radical Grace, Unconditional Love, and Conditional Blessings

    Don Prather15 July 2016
    The Prosperity Gospel, Radical Grace, Unconditional Love, and Conditional Blessings      &nbs...
  • Fri
    Jul
    08
    2016

    "Quiet and Peaceful Lives"

    Don Prather08 July 2016
    "Quiet and Peaceful Lives"             Combining a purpose for g...
  • Fri
    Jul
    01
    2016

    The Financial Affairs Of Congregations:

    Don Prather01 July 2016
    The Financial Affairs Of Congregations: "Providing Honorable Things...In The Sight Of Men"     &nb...
  • Thu
    Jun
    23
    2016

    Final Report

    Don Prather23 June 2016
    Sundown over the Bataan Peninsula is breathtaking.   After confirming early this AM that my passport is ok, Alan ...
  • Wed
    Jun
    22
    2016

    Report #3

    Don Prather22 June 2016
    This report will cause Janie to smile the smile of smug wives everywhere.   As planned, today, our last full day ...
  • Tue
    Jun
    21
    2016

    Report #2

    Don Prather21 June 2016
    Much of what we are doing in Baguio is gathering information about the condition of the church here.  A great deal ...
  • Tue
    Jun
    21
    2016

    Report from Baguio

    Don Prather21 June 2016
    Allow me to describe lunch today.  We had Indonesian Bar-B-Que.   Think about the BBQ we typically have in T...
  • Fri
    Jun
    10
    2016

    Baguio City, The Philippines, 2016

    Don Prather10 June 2016
    Baguio City, The Philippines, 2016             For the past two ...
  • Fri
    Jun
    03
    2016

    The TUMBLEDOWN Effect

    Don Prather03 June 2016
    The TUMBLEDOWN Effect Jack and Jill went up the hill To fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown, A...
  • Fri
    May
    27
    2016

    The Clan of the Cave Bear

    Don Prather27 May 2016
    The Clan of the Cave Bear was a 1986 movie based on a 1980 novel of the same name about cave-man battles in ancient hist...
  • Fri
    May
    20
    2016

    Appreciate, Take Heart and Be Encouraged

    Don Prather20 May 2016
    Monday, May 16 was a great day around the office of the Liberty Church of Christ.  Why?  Providentially, sever...
  • Fri
    May
    13
    2016

    Brothers Keepers "Reboot"

    Don Prather13 May 2016
    Responding to suggestions and requests, some slight changes will soon be made to our Brothers Keepers (BK) program. BK (...
  • Fri
    May
    06
    2016

    Passages on Preaching

    Don Prather06 May 2016
    God left instructions about preaching. Several "job-description" passages distinguish God's pulpit purposes from man's. ...
  • Fri
    Apr
    29
    2016

    Measuring Worship

    Don Prather29 April 2016
    We are surrounded by superficial measures of everything.  Minutes, pounds, inches and dollars are the units of meas...
  • Fri
    Apr
    22
    2016

    Surviving The Perfect Storm - What Should We Take?

    Don Prather22 April 2016
    Media images of flood victims are again on our mind. This past week's rains forced many Houston-area residents from thei...
  • Fri
    Apr
    15
    2016

    "If He Repents, Forgive Him"

    Don Prather15 April 2016
    Luke is the Apostle of repentance. In Luke's Gospel, the doctrine of repentance takes center stage. Commanding a place a...
  • Fri
    Apr
    01
    2016

    To Whom Less Is Given

    Don Prather01 April 2016
    “To whom much is given, of him shall much be required” (Lk. 12:48), but is it also true that to whom less is...
  • Fri
    Mar
    25
    2016

    Preaching and Preachers: A Hearers Guide

    Don Prather25 March 2016
    "Take care then how you hear," said Jesus (Lk. 8:18).  Why?  Because Christianity and Christians are threatene...
  • Thu
    Mar
    17
    2016

    Some Judgment Required

    Don Prather17 March 2016
    Some Assembly Required are the most horrifying words in the male language.  Fathers whose children are opening Chri...
  • Fri
    Mar
    11
    2016

    Politics and Churches: Silence is Golden

    Don Prather11 March 2016
    Given the choice between "yea" and "nay," New Testament writers elected to say "meh."  Then as now, politics were t...
  • Fri
    Mar
    04
    2016

    A Review of Michael R. Shank, Muscle and Shovel

    Don Prather04 March 2016
    Muscle and Shovel tells the story of an evangelistic conversion from the perspective of one who was taught and baptized....
  • Fri
    Feb
    26
    2016

    Sunday Morning, Sunday Night, and Wednesday Night

    Don Prather26 February 2016
    Must We Attend Every Meeting of the Church? Two extremes are typical of answers to the question, "Must we attend every ...
  • Fri
    Feb
    19
    2016

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Bible Interpretation

    Don Prather19 February 2016
    The political life of the United States and the religious life of the Churches of Christ rarely parallel each other.&nbs...
  • Fri
    Feb
    12
    2016

    Don't We All Worship the Same God?

    Don Prather12 February 2016
    Uh... ...no. Seeking common ground, the religiously naive look at all of the Hindus, Muslims, and Christians and ask, ...
  • Fri
    Feb
    05
    2016

    Two Numbers: 51.8 and 70

    Don Prather05 February 2016
    We are awash in numbers. From polls tracking the popularity percentages of potential presidents (Bernie Sanders is at 60...
  • Fri
    Jan
    29
    2016

    What Should We Do?

    Don Prather29 January 2016
    Divorce rates parallel other declining indicators of our culture's moral condition.  According to the CDC's report ...
  • Fri
    Jan
    22
    2016

    Service and Sacrifice

    Don Prather22 January 2016
    Not raised in an entrepreneurial family, I was surprised when my father-in-law told me that "You have to spend money to ...
  • Fri
    Jan
    15
    2016

    How Did Jesus and the Apostles View the Law of Moses?

    Don Prather15 January 2016
    Two extremes characterize views of the Old Testament and the Law of Moses.  While some treat the Ten Commandments a...
  • Fri
    Jan
    08
    2016

    Road Signs and Radio Programs

    Don Prather08 January 2016
    Equal parts practicality and nervous energy caused us to drive directly home from our vacation in Big Bend National Park...
  • Wed
    Dec
    23
    2015

    Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount

    Don Prather23 December 2015
    Called "The greatest sermon ever preached," Jesus' Sermon on the Mount has also launched many great sermons. Preaching a...
  • Wed
    Dec
    16
    2015

    Radical Grace and the Churches of Christ

    Don Prather16 December 2015
    Add the word Radical to any conversation and attention skyrockets. When anything is described as radical, exciting eleme...
  • Fri
    Dec
    11
    2015

    Prophecy & Fulfillment

    Don Prather11 December 2015
    Bible prophecy and its fulfillment are some of the most powerful supports for the dependability of Christianity.  B...
  • Fri
    Dec
    04
    2015

    Wait Until Marriage

    Don Prather04 December 2015
    Like Panda Bears and Western Lowland Gorillas, young people who abstain from sex until they are married are a threatened...
  • Fri
    Nov
    20
    2015

    The Great Race (Issue)

    Don Prather20 November 2015
    When working with a congregation in the Jackson, Mississippi area, we enjoyed the challenges of helping integrate a prev...
  • Fri
    Nov
    13
    2015

    Discernment.

    Don Prather13 November 2015
    Writing to the church at Philippi, Paul advanced the principles of practical Christian decision-making (Phil. 1:9-10). ...
  • Fri
    Nov
    06
    2015

    Tradition

    Don Prather06 November 2015
    "Out with the old; in with the new" is an apt description of our age.  From politics, to social ethics, to individu...
  • Fri
    Oct
    30
    2015

    Alzheimer's and the Changing Experience of Grief

    Don Prather30 October 2015
    Grief can follow a fairly predictable pattern.  Although different waves of intensity are present at different time...
  • Fri
    Oct
    16
    2015

    The Lord's Supper-Every First day of the Week

    Don Prather16 October 2015
    At the Liberty Church of Christ, we occasionally focus extra attention on the Lord's Supper with a sermon built on one o...
  • Fri
    Oct
    09
    2015

    Fellowship - In a Word

    Don Prather09 October 2015
    Fellowship is not at fault for the confusion surrounding fellowship. Few words have clearer biblical definition, even th...
  • Fri
    Oct
    02
    2015

    Why We have Government: A Theology of Government and Law Enforcement

    Don Prather02 October 2015
    Greater than our confidence in participatory democracy should be our faith in God who "rules over the kingdoms of men" (...
  • Fri
    Sep
    25
    2015

    I Corinthians 16:2

    Don Prather25 September 2015
    Written as part of a lengthy section that describes what is to happen when "the whole church comes together in one place...
  • Fri
    Sep
    11
    2015

    The Obedience of Faith

    Don Prather11 September 2015
    By introducing and concluding the Book of Romans with the phrase, "the obedience of faith," Paul established the baselin...
  • Fri
    Aug
    28
    2015

    John 2 #4: Wine

    Don Prather28 August 2015
    From the story of Jesus turning water into wine, four different conclusions have been drawn. #1 #2 #3 #4 ...
  • Thu
    Aug
    20
    2015

    John 2 #3: The Preponderance of Evidence

    Don Prather20 August 2015
    Driving to a Galveston Bay restaurant for dinner one evening, Janie and I decided to take a chance (not!).  By the ...
  • Wed
    Aug
    12
    2015

    John 2 #2: Four Views

    Don Prather12 August 2015
    In the battle between the pro-drinking and the very low- or no-drinking forces within the Churches of Christ, John 2 is ...
  • Fri
    Aug
    07
    2015

    John 2 #1: Just the Facts

    Don Prather07 August 2015
    In the highly charged battle between the pro-drinking and the very  low- or no-drinking factions within the Churche...
  • Tue
    Aug
    04
    2015

    Galatians Challenge

    Don Prather04 August 2015
    Teaching Kids about Circumcision: Ten Easy Answers Circumcision is referenced over 170 times in the Bible.  Unless...
  • Fri
    Jul
    31
    2015

    Discernment - But We Don't Hate Caitlyn

    Don Prather31 July 2015
    More than gender bending is at issue in the fabulously public case of Bruce - then - Caitlyn Jenner and the frustratingl...
  • Fri
    Jul
    24
    2015

    Those Who Do Not Know God; Those Who Do Not Obey the Gospel

    Don Prather24 July 2015
    Teaching us to look for loopholes and dodges, our legal system's current ethics  do not help us become stronger Chr...
  • Thu
    Jul
    23
    2015

    Baguio Report #6

    Don Prather23 July 2015
    I still cannot get over being able to wake up in Baguio and go to sleep in Liberty. Those places are half a word away fr...
  • Wed
    Jul
    22
    2015

    Baguio Report #5

    Don Prather22 July 2015
    This is our last day here. Everyone else if off for a morning of sight-seeing. Me? I've seen plenty of sights and prefer...
  • Mon
    Jul
    20
    2015

    Baguio Report #3

    Don Prather20 July 2015
    Reports #3 and #4 will deal with the same time-frame, but with entirely different subjects. #3 will deal with administri...
  • Mon
    Jul
    20
    2015

    Baguio Report #2

    Don Prather20 July 2015
    Today is Sunday. For the first time in three weeks (for inhabitants of Baguio)/since we arrived, the sun is out. Perhaps...
  • Mon
    Jul
    20
    2015

    Baguio Report #1

    Don Prather20 July 2015
    The combination of a very long trip (36 hours from Liberty to Baguio), jet lag, and inclement weather have reduced the r...
  • Thu
    Jul
    02
    2015

    #GreaterLoveWins

    Don Prather02 July 2015
    #LoveWins was the Internet announcement of the recent Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex marriage.  Instea...
  • Thu
    Jul
    02
    2015

    Results of Nepal Effort

    Don Prather02 July 2015
    The churches in Shepherd, Buna, and Liberty combined to send almost $10,000 to Nepal.  The director of the school o...
  • Thu
    Jul
    02
    2015

    1 Peter: An Introduction

    Don Prather02 July 2015
    Two elements combine to set the stage for I Peter, (i) Peter's role as the Apostle to the "circumcision," and (ii)  ...
  • Mon
    Jun
    29
    2015

    1 Peter Challenge

    Don Prather29 June 2015
    I hope that you are participating in the I Peter challenge - spending this week reading and studying I Peter.
  • Fri
    Jun
    26
    2015

    "Gay Marriage Supporters Win Supreme Court Victory"

    Don Prather26 June 2015
    Ministers are often asked to offer words of comfort. For those who are suffering through a dark night of the soul, minis...
  • Fri
    Jun
    26
    2015

    The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and "It Depends": Four Definitions of Legalism

    Don Prather26 June 2015
    Unlike the term Religious Liberalism that has a very distinct and standard definition, the definitions of Religious Lega...
  • Fri
    Jun
    19
    2015

    Can We Fellowship with Denominations? The Answer is "No."

    Don Prather19 June 2015
    Fellowship is the New Testament word for shared action and mutual participation. Taken from the Greek word koinonia, Chr...
  • Tue
    Jun
    16
    2015

    An Introduction to Ephesians

    Don Prather16 June 2015
    Written by Paul in about 62 A.D., Ephesians is a companion epistle with Philippians and Colossians. These three epistles...
  • Tue
    Jun
    16
    2015

    Please participate in our "Week With Ephesians."

    Don Prather16 June 2015
    I have challenged the congregation to study Ephesians for 20-30 minutes per days during the week of June 14-20.  Du...
  • Mon
    Jun
    08
    2015

    Laughing at Fire Ants

    Don Prather08 June 2015
    I was asked why I did not preach about Bruce...er...Caitlyn Jenner last Sunday. He...er...she...er...xe (xe is the new a...
  • Fri
    Jun
    05
    2015

    Is Benevolence "Especially" for Other Christians Selfish?

    Don Prather05 June 2015
    Recent sermons on the work of the Church have included references to Galatians 6:10 that says, "Therefore, as we have op...
  • Fri
    May
    29
    2015

    Self Defense and Luke 22:36

    Don Prather29 May 2015
    Liberty, Texas is self-defense country. Historically, geographically, and culturally we straddle the margins of the Unre...
  • Thu
    May
    28
    2015

    Revelation - Four Views

    Don Prather28 May 2015
    Join us on Wednesday nights as we study the Book of Revelation: Preterist The Book of Revelation Describes Events...
  • Fri
    May
    22
    2015

    Nepal Update II

    Don Prather22 May 2015
    Reliving the example of first-century churches, 21st-century churches in Liberty, Buna, and Shepherd are partnering to s...
  • Fri
    May
    15
    2015

    A Church for All Kinds of People

    Don Prather15 May 2015
    Emphasizing its mix of members, a Houston-area mega-church recently launched a series of TV commercials advertising itse...
  • Fri
    May
    15
    2015

    Sunday May 17th

    Don Prather15 May 2015
    This coming Sunday will be a very special day for the Liberty Church of Christ. Three significant and separate happeni...
  • Tue
    May
    12
    2015

    Nepal Update

    Don Prather12 May 2015
    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - A 7.3 magnitude aftershock shook Nepal on Tuesday (their time). As previously mentioned, the sei...
  • Fri
    May
    08
    2015

    Evangelicals? Nope.

    Don Prather08 May 2015
    A funny thing happened on the way to 2015. Long-established Protestant denominations have undenominated and redenominate...
  • Fri
    May
    01
    2015

    Fundamentalists? Uh, No.

    Don Prather01 May 2015
    Striving to be "just Christians," we are amused by clumsy efforts to understand us. The religious world has a limited nu...
  • Mon
    Apr
    27
    2015

    Nepal Earthquake

    Don Prather27 April 2015
    Several have asked about the impact of the recent earthquake on brethren in Nepal and on the work there. Here is a ...
  • Fri
    Apr
    10
    2015

    Tribulation in the Early Chapers of Revelation

    Don Prather10 April 2015
    Building rapport with his readers by closely identifying with their troubles, John often referred to tribulation in the ...
  • Fri
    Apr
    10
    2015

    The Resurrection: Two Views

    Don Prather10 April 2015
    In the hyper-alienated world of today's religious division, only two different views of the same New Testament doctrine ...
  • Wed
    Feb
    11
    2015

    The Crusades and the Inquisition: Criticisms Against Christianity?

    Don Prather11 February 2015
    Enemies of Christianity sometimes use the Crusades and the Inquisition as ammunition against the religion of the New Tes...
  • Fri
    Feb
    06
    2015

    Why Go to Church?

    Don Prather06 February 2015
    Numbers tell the tale. Church attendance is plummeting across all religious groups. The “Why?” and the “Now What?” are t...
  • Thu
    Feb
    05
    2015

    “A Time for War”

    Don Prather05 February 2015
    Is National Defense and Self Defense Biblical? History continues to be punctuated by fits of lawlessness and warfare. F...
  • Mon
    Jan
    12
    2015

    Only Losers

    Don Prather12 January 2015
    Picking sides in the current conflict between the liberal Western democracies and Islamic Jihadism, Christians must be c...
  • Sun
    Jan
    11
    2015

    For Sale

    Don Prather11 January 2015
    According to a recent Wall Street Journal report (1/2/15), hundreds of church buildings are for sale across Western Euro...
  • Sun
    Dec
    21
    2014

    Living in the "Last Days"

    Don Prather21 December 2014
    "This is what was spoken by the prophet Joel" said Peter (Acts 2:14) "No it isn't" say Premillennialists. For some, th...
  • Sun
    Dec
    07
    2014

    Law Abiding

    Don Prather07 December 2014
    Participatory Democracy in an open society is messy. Unlike tidy authoritarian systems, “Government by the people and fo...
  • Sun
    Oct
    19
    2014

    An Uncivil War: Houston versus its Churches

    Don Prather19 October 2014
    This article is written in support of Houston churches.  About 400 of them.  Yes, this bulletin of the Liberty...
  • Thu
    Sep
    18
    2014

    Spare Me

    Don Prather18 September 2014
    With the NFL now in socially conscious post-game review, every superstar's ill-mannered fumble is headline news. Once we...
  • Thu
    Aug
    28
    2014

    Instrumental Music in Worship vs. The Songs of Centuries

    Don Prather28 August 2014
    Hi-story, or Just-a-story?             Estranged from scripture,...
  • Thu
    Jun
    26
    2014

    Writings, Words, Inspiration and Evolution

    Don Prather26 June 2014
    "Of making many books there is no end" (Eccl. 12:12). This is especially true of religious books. The Bhagavad-Gita of H...
  • Sat
    Jun
    21
    2014

    Homosexuality: Grace and Graciousness

    Don Prather21 June 2014
    Guess Who’s Already at Dinner?  “We’re here and we’re queer” is a popular slogan of the LGBT movement. How “here” ...
  • Tue
    Jun
    10
    2014

    Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage

    Don Prather10 June 2014
    "Marriage is a Counter-Cultural Act in a Throwaway Society" Introduction Few Bible doctrines shred as many hearts and ...
  • Mon
    May
    19
    2014

    Conservative and Liberal in Religion and Politics

    Don Prather19 May 2014
    Same Words; Different Meanings; Different Everything Else I have been asked to address the use of words like liberal an...
  • Fri
    May
    16
    2014

    Pastorized

    Don Prather16 May 2014
    • Pasteurization: a process of heating food, typically milk, to slow spoilage by microbial growth; named after microbiol...
  • Mon
    Apr
    21
    2014

    For Members Only - Caution: Visitors Present

    Don Prather21 April 2014
    Like bulls charging a red cape, members of churches of Christ sometimes paw the ground and snort in Bible classes. Disti...
  • Sun
    Jan
    19
    2014

    The Authority of Elders

    Don Prather19 January 2014
    Authority has fallen on hard times.  Once assumed to be central to civilized society, authority is now conside...
  • Wed
    Dec
    25
    2013

    Trial and Error

    Don Prather25 December 2013
    Few people born after 1960 have heard the Polio; few people born before 1960 can hear the word with feeling terror. ...