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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 se

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