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Remembering Garland Elkins

Jim McGill

Garland Elkins (1926-2016) was born near Woodbury, east of Nashville, August 19, 1926.   He had four brothers and two sisters.  His father and mother and all his grandparents were faithful Christians living in the community.  His parents would often have preachers visiting in their home.

His father and the visiting preacher would stay up late, talking about Christ and the church, and his daddy would let Garland stay up and listen to their conversations.

Garland had been offered an athletic scholarship to a college he planned to attend.  But he heard N. B. Hardeman preach. He was so impressed that he enrolled in Freed-Hardman College instead, graduating in 1951.  He always continued to have a high regard for Hardeman.
The Elkins Family
Garland and Corinne were married 67 years.  Their three daughters, Connie, Denise, and Jan, have established a scholarship at Memphis School of Preaching in honor of their parents.

For the past twenty-six years until his recent death Garland served …

Marriage, Divorce, and Re-Marriage

Andy Erwin

For our present study, I wish to call your attention to the matter of marriage, divorce, and remarriage.  Our study is not a pleasant one, but an essential one none the less.  It is one of great controversy, but this has not always been the case. Once, a time existed in our nation when divorce was seldom known and hardly a preacher anywhere dared to question the word of God on the subject.  Times have changed.  People today have a propensity for divorce.  And, with the rising number of divorces occurring in our families, among our loved ones, and in our churches, some of our preachers, elders, and churches have changed their feelings on this matter.

Times may have changed, but the Bible has not.  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).  God has said, “I am the Lord, I do not change…” (Malachi 3:6).  The same can be said for His word which “lives and abides forever” (1Peter 1:23).  The same can be said for those who faithfully keep His word as …

God's Commands and Promises by Robert L. Waggoner

For human benefit God created heaven and earth and “made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food,” including “the tree of life” (Genesis 2:9). Then God said to Adam, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17).
     The command that Adam must not eat of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil was accompanied with the promise that disobedience would bring death. But Adam and Eve disobeyed (Genesis 3:6) and thereby doomed themselves and their posterity to death and separation from God (Genesis 3:24).
     Had Adam and Eve obeyed God’s commandment they could have lived forever in close association with God.  Now that they had been separated from God, one might wonder how humanity could ever be reconciled to God. Separated from God, humanity became excessively wicked (Genesis 6:5). God therefore decided…

Church Discipline by Andy Erwin

Andy Erwin
     The reader will observe this to be an unusually long article for the Gospel Gleaner.  However, we are not without reasons for publishing such a lengthy treatise for our relatively small paper. The subject of church discipline is as biblical as the subject of baptism, the Lord’s Supper, elders, deacons, and ministers.  Yet for many congregations of the Lord’s church, this subject goes without teaching, without understanding, and therefore, without practicing.  To be sure, there are many misgivings about the subject and practice of church discipline.  It is not uncommon to hear someone speak of it as “cruel” or “un-Christian.”  However, this is not at all the way the Bible describes the process.  In fact, Jesus said that it ought to be done with the intention of gaining your brother.

     Another person may question the church’s right to discipline a brother for his sins when, in truth, “We all sin.”  Such statements truly serve to illustrate our need as ministers to teach…

Honoring Joe S. Warlick by James R. McGill

Joe Warlick (1866-1942) was born near St. Louis.   The family later moved to Texas.  In 1885, at age nineteen, Joe preached his first sermon in a small west Texas town.  For the next fifty-four years, until he suffered a heart attack in 1939, Warlick continued preaching, debating, and writing without interruption.
     His preaching was mostly in evangelistic meetings in which Joe would preach daily and nightly before moving on to preach at another location.  He presented the gospel plan of salvation so plainly that thousands were led to faith in Jesus, repentance, and baptism for the forgiveness of their sins.
Preaching and Debating
     Joe alternated between debating and preaching.  A significant number of conversions resulted from the debates.  Warlick presented the truth so that it stood out clearly in sharp contrast to the error presented by his opponent.
     Warlick participated in 399 debates!
Outstanding Education
     Joe had a fine education and made the very best use of it…

The Only Begotten Son of God by Andy Erwin

The translation of the Greek word monogenes has been discussed for several years now.  Should the word be translated “only begotten” pertaining to Jesus as the only begotten Son of God (cf. John 1:14; 1:18; 3:16; 3:18; 1 John 4:9)?
     We also find another instance of the word monogenes being translated “only begotten” in the KJV, with regard to Abraham and his son Isaac, who was the “only begotten son” of Abraham through whom the promises would come (Hebrews 11:17).  And, in three instances monogenes is translated “only” in Luke’s Gospel (cf. Luke 7:12; 8:42; 9:38).  In these cases perhaps Bible translators believed it was simply not necessary to stress the “only begotten” relationships of the children to the parents, and deferred to the lesser translation of “only” and “only one.”
     Concerning Christ, modern translations of the New Testament will render monogenes as “a unique one” or the “unique Son.”

What Is the Issue?
     Words convey ideas.  The words we choose convey the i…