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Mr. Dart has been teaching the Bible's basic truths for more than 40 years. He is the founder of Christian Educational Ministries.

Mr. Dart has been teaching the Bible's basic truths for more than 40 years. He is the founder of Christian Educational Ministries.


Whitehouse, TX


Mr. Dart has been teaching the Bible's basic truths for more than 40 years. He is the founder of Christian Educational Ministries.




Christian Educational Ministries P.O. Box 560 Whitehouse, TX 75791 903 839 9300


Christian Origins #26 - Corinthians

The Bible is a very down-to-earth book. It is written for men and women who actually have to live every day in this world—who have to deal with human needs and human nature. High and lofty ideals are in the Bible, make no mistake about that. But most of us live most of our lives a long way short of the ideal. Does the Bible have anything to say to those of us who are struggling down here in the mud? Does God care that we are often alone and depressed? Does he understand that when we have...


Christian Origins #25 - Corinthians

It has to come as a surprise to find a Christian church—a Gentile Christian church—observing the Passover. The Passover is a Jewish festival, right? Then what is a gentile church like Corinth doing observing the Passover? Paul gives us no wiggle room at all, and scholars have long realized, that the allusions to the Passover in 1 Corinthians 5, make it clear that the Corinthian church was observing the Passover when Paul wrote them the letter. Why on earth would they do that? And if they...


Beauty and the Power to Love

Sometimes important ideas can come from unexpected places. I came across an article in the journal, , by an architect who had been provoked by a piece on church architecture by another architect. I have no idea what would have prompted me of all people to read an article on church architecture but, having picked it up and read the first paragraph, I couldn’t put it down. The author wrote very well. He pulled no punches and he hit on something that has been nagging at my mind for quite a long...


Christian Origins #24 - Corinthians

If there’s one thing that is clear when you study the New Testament with an eye to the origins of the Christian church, it is that the apostles were not . Oh, there is reason to believe that they were loved and respected (at least some of the time), but not very many people were in awe of them. That kind of attitude came later when the clergy became distant and exalted from the ordinary people. One would think that the original apostles must have struck awe into people, but they were too...


Christian Origins #23 - Corinthians

If a man sets out to convince an audience of the truth of his message, why would he not give it his best shot? Wouldn’t you normally think a man would pull out all the stops—make every effort to persuade? Wouldn’t he use every rhetorical trick—every possible, honest means of persuading his audience? There is an old saying, Which of us has not gone along with something, when we weren’t entirely persuaded? In fact, to with something in our language implies a lack of persuasion. We go along...


Christian Origins #22 - Corinthians

The last time the Christian church was perfectly joined together, of the same mind and of the same judgement was nearly 2,000 years ago on that Pentecost when the Holy Spirit fell on the church and they baptized 3,000 people in one day. From that time forward, it has been one fight after another. It would be no trick to maintain unity in the church if we just didn’t have any people in it. But there are people in the church and we do find a lot of things to disagree over. We can disagree over...


Christian Origins #21 - Acts

It is astonishing, when you think about it, how much hatred can be generated by religious beliefs. From the earliest times, Jews persecuted Christians; and when Christians came to power, they persecuted Jews. It is almost as though the closeness of religious belief is a measure of the heat of the hostility, for Jews have persecuted other Jews and Christians have persecuted other Christians. There is a lot of blood on the hands of a lot of very religious people. And none of it would be there...


A Doctrine of Grace

No matter how we rationalize it, David did break the law when he ate the showbread in the Tabernacle. Then how could God justify David when there was no remorse or repentance on his part? God did it not because David was right, but because God is gracious. What does it mean to say, “God is gracious”? “Great grace” was upon the early church, but it is not on the church today. The lack of grace is at the root and core of most of our church problems. Grace was the characteristic that led Jesus...


Christian Origins #20 - Thessalonians

Everyone knows the end of the world is coming. The only questions left are when and how. Scientists tell us that in 3 to 4 billion years our sun will blow up and turn our planet into a cinder, so there really is an end to all this. It doesn’t matter to us whether it 3 billion or 3 million, our end is a lot sooner than that. Even the Bible tells us there is going to be an end to this , this system. It suggests that if God doesn’t stop us, we will end up destroying ourselves. But it speaks of...


Christian Origins #19 - Thessalonians

Is it hard to be a Christian? I suppose it depends on where you are and what you are doing. There are people in the world, right now, who are being shamefully and brutally treated because they profess the name of Jesus. But you are probably not one of them; I certainly am not. Who do you know, personally, who has been killed because of his belief in Jesus Christ? Do you know anyone who has been beaten? Do you know anyone who has been jailed because he refused to deny the name of Jesus? Do...


Christian Origins #18 - Galatians

I know sometimes it is a little hard to grasp, but the conflict between Jesus and the Pharisees was a matter of power and control. When this conflict reached the churches of Galatia, it split them wide open, and is a classic illustration of what happens when you put new wine in old wineskins. Paul wrote of those who caused this problem: They are zealous of you, but not for good; yea, they would exclude you, that you might be zealous of them. It is in the nature of legalism to divide people...


Christian Origins #17 - Galatians

I know this may seem obvious, but it must be said: Christianity and Judaism are two very different religions. I think Jews know this better than Christians. We speak of things as though they were two denominations of the same faith. Jews and Christians share one thing: that book we call the Old Testament. At some level of understanding, we may share a belief in the same supreme being, but there are some who would even dispute that: Christianity believes that Jesus is God, and Judaism most...


The Last Ten Words



Christian Origins #16 - Galatians

Sometimes we answer questions too quickly, when we would be far better off saying and waiting until we do. Nowhere is this more true than in religion. It is hard to discuss theology and make any progress because everyone thinks they know already. They already have an opinion—have their mind made up—because when they were first asked they gave an answer instead of saying And because religious and theological arguments have raged back and forth for centuries, it is especially difficult to...


Christian Origins #15 - Galatians

Visualize a horizontal line. That line represents perfection in keeping the law. Everything below that line is sin. Everything above that line is righteousness. Simple, right? But wait, if the line represents perfection in keeping the law, how can you get above it…by keeping the law? Obviously, you can’t. And the line itself is not righteousness; it is merely your duty. So how do you get above the line? How is righteousness achieved? Is it by obedience? No, that is the point we have just...


Christian Origins #14 - Galatians

It is odd, don’t you think, that man is so dissatisfied with God? Seriously, we seem to think that we can improve on what he has done. It is one thing when we do this by breeding a new kind of rose, or a new kind of dog. It is another thing altogether when we think we can improve on God’s religion. And we certainly think we can. If we weren’t so busy improving on God’s religion, would there be so many varieties of religions as there are in the world? At the time Jesus walked the streets...


Christian Origins #13 - Acts & Galatians

It is almost funny, in reading thorough the life of the apostle Paul, how often his friends had to get him out of town to save his neck. Paul was a firebrand. He was a first-class intellect, extremely well-educated, and highly intelligent. But what made him really troublesome was that he couldn’t leave a bad idea alone. You know how often you hear someone say something really stupid. Most of the time you let it go by because it isn’t worth the argument. Well, for Paul, it was always worth...


On Christians and Judaism #1

What did the first Christians believe about Judaism? When I speak of the , I mean all Christians everywhere in the years the New Testament was being written—say between the ascension of Christ and AD 70. Some call these , but that implies that we are more advanced in understanding than they were. I don’t think so. I think they understood Christ better than we do. So I want to talk about them as the . Did they look at their faith as an entirely new religion with a new God? Or did they...


Christian Origins #12 - Acts

When you read the New Testament, you really want to see a group of people united in purpose, thoroughly converted, working together for the greater purpose of converting the world to Christ. It is a measure of the honesty of the New Testament writers, though, that you see them for what they were: thoroughly human, torn by dissension, disagreeing on the very fundamental doctrines of the faith, struggling for the very soul of the infant church. None of this should surprise us at all if we...


Christian Origins #11 - Acts

Imagine that you attend a small church of, say, 50 people. You have been meeting together for quite a long time. You have a common set of beliefs and practices. You get along well together. You are comfortable together. Now imagine that, for some reason, your church doubles in size in a mere 30 days. Do you think that would change the character of your church? Of course it would. Some of those new people would come from a religious background that differed in some ways from your own. The...