Are Evangelical Churches Abandoning the Working Class?
As cycles of unemployment, poverty and death have set in on many working class communities across America, are churches overlooking their responsibilities to help alleviate the pain and suffering of plighted working class families?
Bradley added that most Christian leaders are also not willing to sacrifice the convenience of ministering in a city neighborhood located about 25 to 30 minutes from their home for a small town that is hours away. “You can’t do that when addressing issues of lower class white poverty because those communities primarily live in... Continue Reading
Some Reflections On A Church That Has Recently Embraced Egalitarianism
I watched Pastor Pete Briscoe give his rationale for leading his church to welcome female elders
“I’m glad that the elders at Bent Tree have stated their views so clearly and have opened up a public conversation. Although I disagree with them, I hope and pray the best for Bent Tree. I think the elders are mistaken on this one and would do well to reconsider what the Bible teaches.” ... Continue Reading
Memorial Drive Settles Lawsuit With Presbytery For $950,000
New Covenant Presbytery has “released any interest in MDPC’s property”
“The 3,461-member Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church began discerning its future in the PCUSA in early 2015, when the congregation voted 839-277 to enter the presbytery’s discernment process. However, the church was searching for a new pastor at the time, and put the process on hold until a new pastor was called.” Memorial Drive Presbyterian... Continue Reading
China On Course To Become ‘World’s Most Christian Nation’ Within 15 Years
The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than in America
“Officially, the People’s Republic of China is an atheist country but that is changing fast as many of its 1.3 billion citizens seek meaning and spiritual comfort that neither communism nor capitalism seem to have supplied.” It is said to be China’s biggest church and on Easter Sunday thousands of worshippers will flock to... Continue Reading
About That Charlotte Methodist Gay Wedding Church
A liberal United Methodist congregation in North Carolina made news this week as it hosted the first same-sex couple in North Carolina to get married in a United Methodist church.
Same-sex weddings – and the use of Methodist church buildings to host them – are against the 12 million-member denomination’s rules, but they also aren’t new in United Methodism: participating clergy usually conduct them outside of Methodist sanctuaries, as Talbert did in 2013 at a United Church of Christ (UCC) church building in Alabama. ... Continue Reading
Reformed Theology is Indigenous to African American Christianity
People of African descent have always had a prominent voice in Christianity
“Lemuel Haynes (A.D. 1753-1833) was the first African American ordained by any religious organization in America. He ministered in New England and exhibited Calvinistic thought in his sermons and writings. In one work “The Character and Work of a Spiritual Watchman Described (1792), he exhibits God’s sovereignty in election.” While it is true that... Continue Reading
The word "Anglican" was in use from at least the end of the 16th century precisely to describe the English manifestation of the international Reformed movement
I heard a Cambridge history professor recently (lamenting the recent death of the great Patrick Collinson) say that we really need to move beyond the strange idea that Puritans were not part of the Church of England, but some kind of external, foreign-inspired invaders. They were not; many of the great names we celebrate and... Continue Reading
Why We Need Anonymous, Plodding Church Planters
For us to plant the kinds of churches we need to plant the men who feel called to planting must change their expectations and their definition of “success.”
When numerical success becomes the primary benchmark for evaluating the success of a church, a man will sacrifice his principles and build his ministry on all the wrong things to achieve his goal. Churches built on hype, great music, and a charismatic personality may reach some people who do not know Jesus, but it will... Continue Reading
Ex-PCA Pastor Awards Calvin a Dunce Cap
Calvin’s liturgy—like the liturgies of Luther, Cranmer, Bucer, and Knox—included a Corporate Confession of Sin and Declaration of Pardon.
Calvin’s Strasbourg service followed the pattern of Martin Bucer’s liturgy, which began with a Confession of Sin followed by a “Word of Comfort” from holy Scripture (1 Tim. 1:15; or John 3:16; 3:35–36; Acts 10:43; 1 John 2:1–2; etc.) and the “Absolution.”…. Bucer’s liturgy makes it clear that the Absolution is an exercise of the... Continue Reading
The Reformed Churches: We Distinguish But Do Not Separate The Two Natures Of Christ
It was necessary that our Mediator should not only be a man, and one that was truly such, and perfectly righteous; but that he should also be God
“The dignity of the person who suffered appears in this, that it was God, the Creator himself, who died for the sins of the world; which is infinitely more than the destruction of all creatures, and avails more than the holiness of all the angels and men.” It was necessary that our Mediator should... Continue Reading