What Does the Bible Say about Christians Taking Oaths?

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by Elliot Ritzema

I remember reading a description of a political meeting from the seventeenth century. In it, one speech was described as “pathetic.” That was jarring to me, since calling something or someone “pathetic” is an insult today. But back then, it merely meant that the speech was intended to move the listeners to compassion.

If word meanings change over time, even in the same language, imagine translating an ancient concept from one language to another! We often have to do this when we study the Bible, so it is always worthwhile to research the words’ ancient meanings. One example is the concept of oaths in James 5:12.

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5 Facts You Didn’t Know About Christianity’s Most Prolific Hymn Writer

fanny crosby hymns

Fanny Crosby wrote over 8,000 hymns over the course of her 95 years—perennial favorites “To God be the Glory,” “Blessed Assurance,” and “Rescue the Perishing” among them. But before she was a famous hymn writer (she didn’t publish her first until she was in her forties) Fanny penned fiercely political ballads, songs for minstrel shows, short stories, and nonreligious poetry.

To commemorate her death on this day 101 years ago, here are 5 other facts you probably didn’t know about Christianity’s most prolific songwriter.

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What Did Charles Spurgeon Sound Like? Probably This.

charles spurgeon sermon recording

On this day 124 years ago, Charles Spurgeon passed away. He is one of the most famous ministers in history,  but no one alive today truly knows what the great “Prince of Preachers” sounded like; no recordings of his more than 3,500 sermons exist. Nevertheless, an obscure project undertaken by a famous inventor may provide a clue.

Read on to learn more and listen to the recording for yourself.

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