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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.
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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.




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


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 set...


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...


Christian Origins #10 - Acts

The very first Christian missionaries in all history were a couple of men named Saul and Barnabas. (We know Saul better as the Apostle Paul.) They had no pattern to go by, no methodology, no background is missionary work as such. All they had was as set of very simple instructions. Those came from Jesus and were given to all his disciples. Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to observe all...


Christian Origins #9 - Acts

The greatest missionary church in history was established by men whose names we do not even know. No, it wasn’t Jerusalem, in spite of everything that happened there. We know that every missionary effort ever undertaken originated in Jerusalem, in a sense, but those were never generated by the church. People were scattered by persecution and took the gospel with them wherever they went. And in spite of all Jesus’ instructions, apart from a few Samaritans, the gospel was taken to the grand...


Here I Am, Lord

Where is the leadership of the church to come from? I am not talking about the next generation. I am talking about now. I have thought often about youth and ministry. When God first spoke to Samuel, he was just a child. Most of the prophets were very young when God first spoke to them. For one thing, the prophets needed plenty of time to finish their job. For another, they were going to need the energy and faith of youth for their task. What about their older years? There would be other...


About the Old Testament

What did the first Christians believe about the Old Testament? I might as well have asked what they believed about the Bible because, as the faith developed, the Old Testament was all the written word they had. Jesus himself laid the groundwork for a uniquely Christian understanding of the Scriptures. Consider, for example, one fundamental difference between Pharisees and Sadducees. The Pharisees believed that God gave the law to Moses in two forms: oral and written. That is, that Moses got...


The Seventh Rest



Christian Origins #8 - Acts

I would not like to suggest the apostles of Jesus were stubborn or blockheaded, because that would not be fair. The transition they were having to make was no simple matter. It is easy from our perspective to think they should have understood or should have seen more quickly, but we were not in their shoes. They had grown up in a religious system—the prevailing version of Judaism that they had all grown up with—and they were having to make major adjustments in their thinking. The modern...


Christian Origins #7 - Acts

You have to wonder about a man like Saul of Tarsus. Here’s a man that we will come to know as the apostle Paul—probably the strongest intellectual figure in the history of Christianity, the man who has probably done more to establish the general direction of the Christian faith than anyone else since Jesus. But, in the beginning, this man may have been the most severe persecutor of the Christian church. So you have to wonder: What drove this man so hard to persecute the church? The truth is...


Christian Origins #6 - Acts

There is a great divide between Christianity and Judaism. And it goes back a lot further than most people realize. It goes back way beyond Paul, and way beyond the early days of the church. In fact, it goes back, at least, to Jesus himself. Because, the truth is, he found himself continually in conflict with the leaders of Judaism. And, eventually, of course, the religious establishment in Jerusalem kill him. This echoes the message of the prophets down through the generations who again and...


Christian Origins #5 - Acts

I think it is fair to say that God used the power of the Holy Spirit to jump start the early Christian church. They started with 120 members, then baptized 3,000 people in one day. Not long after that, they had another 5,000 believers. The town was buzzing over what these few disciples had accomplished in such a short time. In fact, there were some who were already trying to figure out how to kill the leadership. The truth is that anything that moves so fast is more than a little...


This Old House



How to Read the Bible

I forget where I first saw the book title, , but I recall a certain, what shall we say, amusement. I thought, I think there may be a dozen books in print with that title, but a short review by the features editor of was very useful in understanding what at least one of the authors was driving at. The article was titled by R.R. Reno. Professor Reno noted that I had noticed that, but had never put my finger on it. What caught his interest was the book by James L. Kugel In the world of...


Christian Origins #4 - Acts

I remember my first experience with power. It was behind the wheel of a 1948 Chevrolet. Granted, by today’s standards, that is not a lot of power, but it was power to me. If I handled it just right, I could even burn rubber. Power and freedom are exhilarating. I can only imagine what it is like to sit on the end of a runway and crack in the afterburners on two jet engines and roar off into the sky carrying enormous destructive power in the missiles under my wings. The young men who do this...


Christian Origins #3 - Acts

Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked for alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then...


Christian Origins #2 - Acts

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them separated tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of...


Christian Origins #1 - Acts

How many hundreds of millions of Christians are there in the world by now? What is your guess? Well, I looked it up. Christianity of all stripes is the largest religion in the world and Christians number one and one half billion people. How did this happen? How could twelve men, bearing witness of one man, create a religion that has, in fact, changed the world? Everywhere Christianity of any stripe has gone, it has made men’s lives better. Oh, I know about the abuses, the corruption and the...


A Forecast for the Future

If you were looking for a resolution for the new year (or the new decade), you'd have to go a long way to do better than this: Wash you, make yourself clean; put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do good; seek justice, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as...


Whatever Happened to the Bible?

When I was a lot younger, I was associated with a church that was, hands down, the most Bible-reading group of people I have ever known. With all of the faults of that generation and its leadership, they had a passion for the Bible. And if I may say so, if it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be here doing what I am doing. And here we are, in a generation where Bible study doesn’t seem to be valued like it once was. All the great leaders of our founding and succeeding generations were Bible...


About the Bible

What did the first Christians believe about the Bible? It is an interesting question for several reasons, not least because the Bible, as we know it, had yet to exist. The components of what we call the New Testament were being written in the years between about AD 55 and 70. To the first Christians, these were written testimonies and letters of the apostles. However, the first Christians were not without a Bible. But they referred to it by a different name. I won’t bore you with the...