Richard D. Phillips, The Masculine Mandate: God's Calling to Men.
Chapter II: Called to the One Hope: Our Common Doctrinal Heritage
Abram/Abraham was a Hebrew and known as such, Gen 14:13. Was this an identifier or a disparager? Nevertheless, the Hebrew-qualifier separated the man from all other peoples. In Acts 6:1 the Hebrew-name served as identifier, also in 1 Sam 14:21.
A. The Hope that Unites Us1. Our Common Hope
Was Abraham a Christian? I heard the question long ago. It surfaced again yesterday, for no apparent reason. Suddenly, it was on my mind. This time I wanted an answer. Superficially, the question has a oxymoronic character, for the name Christian is a New Testament revelation.
Divorce, Annulments and Remarriage
There is something noble and magnificent in the perspective of a great Federal Republic, closely linked in the pursuit of a common interest, tranquil and prosperous at home, respectable abroad; but there is something proportionably diminutive and contemptible in the prospect of a number of petty States, with the appearance only of union, jarring, jealous, and perverse, without any determined direction, fluctuating and unhappy at home, weak and insignificant by their dissensions in the eyes of other nations.
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The reason of allowing Congress to appoint its own officers of the customs, collectors of the taxes, and military officers of every rank, is to create in the interior of each State a mass of influence in favor of the Federal Government. The great danger has been shown to be that it will not have power enough to defend itself and preserve the Union, not that it will ever become formidable to the general liberty; a mere regard to the interests of the Confederacy will never be a principle sufficiently active to crush the ambition and intrigues of different members. Force cannot effect it. A contest of arms will seldom be between the common sovereign and a single refractory member, but between distinct combinations of the several parts against each other. A sympathy of situations will be apt to produce associates to the disobedient. The application of force is always disagreeable—the issue uncertain. It will be wise to obviate the necessity of it, by interesting such a number of individuals in each State in support of the Federal Government as will be counterpoised to the ambition of others, and will make it difficult for them to unite the people in opposition to the first and necessary measures of the Union.