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Archives: "Point of Reference"
  •          Last week, in an attempt to discern the significance of baptism to the Christian believer and thus, its application within the church today; we looked at a number of Biblical calls for its practice and thus, its importance to the early church.  This week I’d like to…
    April 20, 2018
  •        The significance of baptism as part of the plan of salvation is often questioned.  Is it merely a work (which we are supposed to be free of), a ritual (practiced as an initiation rite), or an act of obedience called for by God?        Baptism is included in…
    April 13, 2018
  •           …not so very long ago, everyone – at least every male – carried a pistol on his hip and a rifle in a saddle-holster on his horse.  Not merely for show, they were genuinely needed for personal protection, as well as safeguarding their families and maintaining…
    April 6, 2018
  •         What kind of images do you associate with spring? Baby chicks and bunnies, decorated eggs, new clothes?  What about green grass, budding trees and flowers emerging from the ground?  Some anticipate an egg hunt, toys and candy.  Others participate in a Sunrise Service…
    March 30, 2018
  •   The dual usage of the term man – or mankind/humanity, has long been understood to designate a species and/or the male component of that species. Much as the Hebrew word for the first man – Adam/Adamah is derived from the word for ground/dirt, from which Adam was created and which then consequently became…
    March 23, 2018
  •        Green – the color of Ireland, the emerald isle; fostering the tradition of the wearing of green on St. Patrick’s Day.  Images of a pugnacious character, with a look of defiant determination on his face and shamrocks abound.  Pride in being Irish is expressed in parades…
    March 16, 2018
  •        The problem with the renewed debate over gun control, sparked by the most recent school shooting in Florida, is that much of what is being said has been said before.  One major issue with this debate being the extremes to which both proponents and opponents of gun rights choose to frame…
    March 9, 2018
  •        So-called “New Atheists” such as Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett and Richard Dawkins claim that kindness, generosity and goodness are not found exclusively among religious people.  (Which is true to a degree.)  But then they go on to assert that these social inclinations…
    March 2, 2018
  •        I have to admit that some scripture still confuses me.  In particular, that used to espouse predestination, such as Rom. 9:16 - 21.  Salvation declared as not dependent “…on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.”  I get that, but then to…
    February 23, 2018
  •         I recently came across an article published by Readers Digest that I had tucked away for future use – and promptly forgot – that reinforces the idea that people of every age and type face similar issues, struggles and temptations throughout their lives.  Very…
    February 16, 2018
  •        Have you ever wondered how some holidays got their start?  All of them intend to be a reminder of something or someone, commemorating the day a significant event occurred or the person who did it.  Some are obvious; Christmas, Easter and the 4th of July.  Some, however, we…
    February 9, 2018
  •         Sometimes, especially in a crisis, we don’t know what to say or do.  At other times, when we’ve tried all we know and things still aren’t going the way we expected, we’re at a loss to even know what to think!  That’s when we need to learn to…
    February 2, 2018
  •         Paul taught Timothy, a young protégé of his in ministry that, “…requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving (should) be made for everyone…” I Tim. 2:1; which became the essence of the early church’s practice of powerful, effective…
    January 26, 2018
  •        I have no desire or intent to become a social/political commentator, giving my opinion on every social ill, political subversion, entertainment excess or religious stumble.  However, whenever one of these issues are directly dealt with scripturally and specifically impact Christians,…
    January 19, 2018
  •        John Meacham is politically and religiously a dyed-in-the-wool liberal.  He is also highly intelligent and very well-spoken.  I’ve seen him interviewed on television and read a commentary he wrote on an article featured in Newsweek Magazine when it was still in publication;…
    January 5, 2018

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Fred Price - married (44 years), father of two grown children, grandfather of six.

Attends First Christian Church in Brazil, Indiana, having served as a Deacon and Discipleship Leader for youth. 

Factory worker with a heart for young people and the challenges they face today, thus his participation in his church and this column.

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