2.2 Our Calling & Work
- The Gospel Broadcasting Association is the Christian evangelical and
Bible-teaching ministry of Russell Lee Harris. The purpose of the ministry
is to proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, and to publish accurate
and scholarly exposition of the Scripture.
- Our publications range from brief, informal Bible notes to in-depth,
scholarly topical studies and verse-by-verse exposition of the Scripture.
Everything we publish is made available without charge; we have nothing
- The Internet is the primary means by which we publish and distribute our
teaching. All of the material which we publish is posted on the ministry
Web Site and may be downloaded without charge.
- To facilitate reproduction and distribution, all of our documents are posted
in the universal, printer-friendly PDF format. We are working to make
our documents available also in EPUB format, for access by devices such
as e-book readers and smartphones. We value and welcome feedback and
suggestions from those who use such devices.
- The ministry blog, Bible
Expositor’s Notes, facilitates timely communication. Its focus is upon brief
and informal commentary-style discussions of enigmatic and problematic
passages of Scripture. It also provides a platform for commentary regarding
world events as viewed from the perspective of the Scripture.
- “Gospel” is an Old English word meaning “glad tidings.” There is but one
true Gospel, the Gospel of the Kingdom of God; this is the good news
which Christ Jesus and the Apostles proclaimed and taught.
The Gospel is the tidings that the long-awaited Kingdom of God has
become a reality. The Kingdom was prophesied in the Garden, by the
declaration that the heel of the Seed of the Woman would crush the head
of the Seed of the Serpent. The prophecy was fulfilled two thousand years
ago, when the King, Christ Jesus, ascended into Heaven, was seated upon
the revived Throne of David, and commenced his everlasting reign.
- Our name, “The Gospel Broadcasting Association,” reflects the Scriptural
portrayal of the Gospel as seed, with men being the soil upon which the
seed is sown. Long before the advent of radio and television, the term
“broadcasting” was an agricultural term; seed sown by hand is “cast
broadly” or “broadcast” over the field.
The production of fruit depends upon the category of the soil upon which
the seed falls.
- The term “association” in our name reflects the fact that the ministry of
the Gospel is a full-time calling. The Scripture states that the Lord has
ordained that the one who proclaims the Gospel should obtain his living
The Pastor or Evangelist is to devote his full time to study, teaching, and
proclamation of the Gospel. In the days of the Apostles, an Evangelist
typically received support from one or more local congregations, as well as
from a multiplicity of individuals. The supporters constitute the figurative
“feet” of the Evangelist, bearing and transporting him as he goes about the
business of proclaiming and teaching the Gospel. Such individuals are the
object of special blessing by the Lord, who deems them “beautiful.”
Curiously, people who pay handsomely for the services of a lawyer, physician,
engineer, educator, or even a plumber expect to pay little or nothing
for the services of a minister of the Gospel. Some mistakenly think the
“tent-making” in which the Apostle Paul engaged is the example which
every minister should follow. Yet they would be loathe to undergo surgery
by a part-time surgeon, or go to court represented by a part-time lawyer.
- This ministry is supported by the tithes of those who are fed by our
teaching, together with the offerings of those who understand the responsibility
of the Christian to send forth and support men as Evangelists to proclaim
and teach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.
Fellow Christians are invited to join in the support of this ministry, both
financially and through prayer.