The State of Evangelicalism in America and all that Blah Blah Blah

It has apparently become almost a pastime among conservative Christians to lament what the church is, rather than what she ought to be.

Over the past number of years I’ve had the opportunity to travel far and wide. I’ve journeyed to many countries across most of the continents. And almost everywhere I’ve been I have found myself challenged and encouraged by American Christians. Is American evangelicalism perfect? Of course not. Is she honoring God and carrying out his... Continue Reading

Sundays are for Babies

The weekly interruption of Sunday often leaves Christian parents discouraged and fatigued.

We ought to have compassion on our children every day of their lives. We recognize that they are weak, and we meet their physical and emotional needs with love and mercy. We remember to bring those Cheerios and that comforting scrap of tattered blanket. But we cannot escape the fact that on Sundays, everything is different. And... Continue Reading

Liberal Clergy “Bless” Texas Abortion Clinic, Declare Abortion a “God-Given Right”

Such blatant support for abortion in the name of Christ is not wholly uncommon.

“We’re trying say [the extreme right’s] narrative isn’t the only narrative related to faith,” Washington-Leapheart told the Texas Observer. “Women seeking an abortion are largely women of faith. They’re not having an abortion in spite of their faith, it’s in many ways informing the decision they make. … They have a God-given right to make decisions... Continue Reading

Progressive Evangelical Pastor Says He Shouldn’t Have Imposed His Pro-LGBT Announcement on Church

At its peak, GracePointe had a regular worship attendance of 800-1,000, which dropped to below 500 two weeks after the pro-LGBT announcement.

“I would have gone to the leadership and said ‘I love this church and I love you and I respect you, I cannot any longer as a minister not marry same-sex couples when they ask me. And you have to make your decision about what you want to do with that,'” continued Mitchell. “That to... Continue Reading

Is There a Different Process of Church Discipline for Elders?

The process of church discipline is not different for elders, but the Bible underscores the need for churches to exercise great caution and care when hearing accusations.

After commanding that pastors receive double honor, be fairly compensated for their work, and go through a detailed vetting process, God’s Word commands the church to be careful to protect the ministries and the ministers of the church. He does this not to command a blind loyalty that overlooks sin among the elders (verse 20... Continue Reading

Alabama Baptists Condemn ‘Alt-Right White Supremacy’

The Alabama Baptist Convention approved a resolution on November 14 condemning racism, including "alt-right white supremacy and white nationalism."

“Radicalized movements in the United States are awakening racial and ethnic divisions that seek to reignite social animosities, reverse improvements in race relations, divide our people and stir up anger and further separation of races,” the statement “promoting gospel unity for all races and ethnicities” said. The Alabama Baptist Convention approved a resolution Tuesday November... Continue Reading

What is the Mission of the Church?

Should the term “mission” be used exclusively to refer to the task of evangelism and disciple-making, or can it be broadened to include socially-oriented activities?

Justification by grace through faith in Jesus Christ is, as the Reformers believed, the fundamental truth of the Christian gospel. It’s the essence of our good-news message for the nations. As such, nothing could be more helpful for defining our mission and for keeping us on mission for our King.   Over the past several... Continue Reading

The Nashville “Megachurch” That Embraced Gay Marriage Two Years Ago Has Cratered

Two years ago TIME magazine highlighted an evangelical “megachurch” whose pastor had led the congregation to affirm gay marriage and to welcome LGBT persons as full members of the church.

This is a sad but predictable result of a pastor who leads a church to apostatize from the Christian faith. Walking away from Jesus is not a catalyst for church growth. On the contrary, it is the catalyst for church death. Believers in such churches will eventually leave, and those that remain to embrace the... Continue Reading

Sexual Abuse Isn’t Just Hollywood’s Problem

Whether you know it or not, there are people in your church who have been sexually abused.

God is on the side of the oppressed, not the oppressors. Are we defending the vulnerable or those who have power? One of two great evils has occurred any time an allegation of abuse is made: either the person has indeed been abused, or an innocent person has been falsely accused. I am not saying... Continue Reading

Rely on God’s Word, Not on Techniques

If a church is to be revitalized, it will only happen through the Word of God alone.

Revitalization is nothing less than the transformation of individual human hearts—by either conversion or sanctification—on a church-wide scale. This work of comprehensive salvation comes only through faith in Jesus Christ, and Romans 10:17 says saving faith comes by hearing the Word. It doesn’t matter what other things happen in your church; if the Word of... Continue Reading