The majority of the Christian world answers the question by saying “believe.” They usually provide a sample prayer for one to offer, inviting Jesus into the penitent’s heart. Is this the right answer to this most important question?
The question is asked several ways in the New Testament. The rich ruler asked, “[W]hat must I do to inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10; Luke 18 NIV84). The crowd on Pentecost asked, “Brothers, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). The Philippian jailer asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Saul asked Jesus, “What shall I do, Lord?” (Acts 22:10). Let’s look at the answers they received.
Jesus told the rich ruler he knew the answer: “You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother’ ” (Mark 10:19). While he claimed to have done all of these, he still recognized that something was lacking. The Bible says that “Jesus looked at him and loved him” and said, “One thing you lack. Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” (Mark 10:21). The man went away with great sorrow because he was unwilling to sacrifice his wealth for Jesus.
Reprinted from the September / October 2013 issue of “Christian Woman” Magazine.
“I didn’t mean that.”
“Please forgive me.”
Words of apology are more easily spoken when we say and do things that are less than kind to those we love – especially to a spouse. Sadly, such words ring hollow for the victims of domestic violence. To them, hearing “I’m sorry,” means, “This will happen again,” and is often followed by “You made me hurt you.”
NBC News Health aired a report in June about the first systematic study of available data concerning assaults against women. The report showed that globally, 30 percent of all women aged 15 and older have suffered intimate partner violence which includes physical and sexual attacks. Nationwide, more than 1.5 million women have been victims of physical assault, and one in four will experience domestic violence during her lifetime. The actual numbers of physical and sexual assault against women are likely higher than the report found, because women are often reluctant to report or admit such crimes.
In addition to physical and sexual attacks by intimate partners, women face other forms of intimidation from partners who can be equally controlling. Rita Smith, executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence based in Denver, said, “What is important to notice about this report: there’s a whole other layer of violence that happens that isn’t physical – emotional, economic, verbal, stalking, threats with weapons – that would raise those numbers exponentially.” Smith added that she wasn’t surprised by the percentages revealed in the study.
Welcome to the new website of the Gospel Advocate Company and Gospel Advocate bookstores. The design is quite a departure from our site of the past few years; we trust that it will prove useful now and in the future as we continue to bring you new content, products and services all designed to aid you in your walk with God.
Here are a few things you should know about our site:
- We still have work to do, but rather than waiting to “get it just right,” we decided to launch the site now. We believe this is an exciting beginning, but encourage you to check back often for new features and content.
- Main menus. The menus that run horizontally across the top of each page are designed to grow over time. Hover over each of the menus and links to additional content will appear. We encourage you to explore the site. We believe that in the process you will learn more about us and likely have some good ideas for us about helpful content that we might provide.
- The Gospel Advocate blog. On the blog you’ll find fresh content of various types, including book reviews, new product releases, sample content and communication from our editors and staff. The blog is designed as a “running conversation” that can be read sequentially. You can also just access information that interests you by selecting a “category” from the drop down menu on the blog page. We are very excited at the future potential of this feature.
So without further ado, thank you for being here. We truly hope you enjoy our new site. Feel free to tell us what you think! Email us at email@example.com or contact us on Facebook and Twitter.
NASHVILLE, TENN. – Kerry Glen Anderson, 52, president of the Gospel Advocate Company, died Aug. 13, 2013. Anderson had been president of the company since Sept. 25, 1997.
Anderson was a 1981 graduate of Lipscomb University and had a master’s degree in policy development from Vanderbilt University. Before joining the Gospel Advocate, he worked for AT&T and First American National Bank. He attended the Crieve Hall Church of Christ.
Founded in 1855, the Gospel Advocate is the oldest publisher serving the churches of Christ through magazines, Bible class curriculum, books and other resources. Past leaders of the Gospel Advocate include David Lipscomb, B.C. Goodpasture, Ira North, and J.C. and David McQuiddy.
The Anderson family purchased the company from McQuiddy Printing in 1990 with the goal of continuing to contribute to the education of Christians and helping them to build a strong heritage of faith in their children. Neil W. Anderson, publisher and owner of the Gospel Advocate, was president of the company from 1981 to 1997.
At the time of his appointment, Kerry Anderson said, “The Gospel Advocate Company has a great heritage. It has always been operated by members of the church of Christ and family owned. I am proud of our heritage, and I look forward to building on that foundation as we teach each generation the Good News of Jesus. I pledge our continued commitment to serving the church of Christ with biblically sound books, magazines, curriculum and supplies.”
While Anderson was president, the Gospel Advocate moved from traditional printing methods to desktop publishing. He successfully implemented a new inventory management and web ordering system and helped develop the GA Bible Study Library on CD. The latest improvement under his guidance had been the conversion of the GA’s library of books into e-books.
Anderson is survived by his son, Matthew Anderson; his parents, Neil and Glenda Anderson; his sister and brother-in-law, Neila and Nelson Whitfield; and two nephews, Connor and Clayton Whitfield.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Crieve Hall Church of Christ Youth Group, 4806 Trousdale Dr., Nashville, TN 37220.