As we conclude the series on Innovations and the Divine Pattern, we bring you a discussion between Kevin Presley, current host of Let the Bible Speak TV and Ronny Wade, the original and former host of Let the Bible Speak originating from Springfield, MO (now hosted by Brett Hickey). Bro. Wade began preaching the gospel in the early 1950’s and launched LTBS in November, 1963. He has held numerous public and written discussions through the years on the subjects of individual cups, bible classes and women teachers, along with many others. He continues to preach in gospel meetings throughout the nation. In this broadcast, we discuss some of the arguments that are often made on both sides of this issue which arose after the introduction of cups into churches of Christ after the turn of the 20th century.
The Cook Brothers Quartet sang on the TV broadcast “Let the Bible Speak” originating from Springfield, MO for several years in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. These recordings were done at KYTV-TV on July 20, 1973. The quartet at that time was composed of Clovis Cook (Tenor); Greg Gay (Lead); Travis Cook (Baritone); and Homer A. “Sonny” Gay, Jr. (Bass).
Our series on Innovations concludes with a look at departures that have taken place from the original design of the Lord’s Supper as instituted by Christ. The elements that Christ chose to commemorate His suffering and its result are profound in their simplicity. They reflect the unity and joint participation the church is to enjoy in the benefits of Christ’s death and the new covenant that was thereby established. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, a look at how the later practice of multiple loaves and cups distorts the beautiful picture Christ originally portrayed in the divine feast.
Women have made an indelible mark on the modern world in business, politics, art, and religion. They have well-proven their intellect and talent to be equal to and in many cases, surpassing their male counterparts. Consequently, the rise of women’s liberation and the women’s rights movement has opened the pulpits of many churches to females to serve as pastors, teachers, evangelists, etc. Is this according to God’s will or is it a change to the divine pattern for the work and worship of the church? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we continue our series on Innovations and the Divine Pattern by focusing on women preachers and teachers in the church.
In the 18th century, Robert Raikes saw an urgent need: the education of poor children in England. The dawn of the industrial era led to the working-class children of Great Britain being forced into hard factory labor six days a week. On Sundays, many of these juveniles roamed the streets and fell into trouble. With no public schools and no time nor money for education, Raikes conceived an idea to have churches band together and provide Sunday Schools for these indigent children. The Bible and other religious curriculum was used to teach reading, writing, and other basic subjects and provided a moral foundation for the struggling youth. The concept caught on and within a matter of a few years the new schools were flourishing and spreading to other lands. What began as a precursor to the public school system, in a matter of time, became an arrangement for local churches to provide outreach to the young people of their communities and to indoctrinate them in the doctrines of their churches. Today, most churches divide into Sunday School classes to teach their membership. What may have been borne out of a pure motive became an arrangement for edifying the church contrary to the arrangement the apostles set forth by divine authority. As we continue our series on Innovations and the Divine Pattern, find out how Sunday School became a prominent part of the work of most churches and why it is opposite to Paul’s instructions for the church assembly.