“Top Down” or “Grassroots” Ministry?
Two basic ways in which leadership in a church can encourage healthy "every member" and "grassroots" ministry are the establishment of committees and small groups
“Broader churches often tend to focus on “every member ministry”–while minimizing the need for robust pastoral ministry–while more stringently Reformed churches tend to focus on the primacy of pastoral ministry–to the minimizing of vibrant congregational life and ministry. Both approaches often appear to be overreactions to perceived deficiencies or abuses in the outworking of the... Continue Reading
Shrinking Job Descriptions in the Church
The modern-day church has been guilty of shrinking the job description of our pastors and elders
“We have been focused on golden-tongued speakers, impressive and comfortable buildings, and membership growth, and have forsaken the personal touch. We are better known as preachers and speakers, and lesser known as shepherds and pastors. And our elders are viewed more as members of boards of directors and not as brothers who shepherd.” Preaching is one of the roles of the... Continue Reading
How Southern Baptists Became Pro-Life
Current SBC President Ronnie Floyd said that Southern Baptists must build on victories of the past and rearticulate their commitment to defend unborn life
“Baptists and Roman Catholics had long agreed that life begins at conception, but Baptist scholars, unlike their Catholic counterparts, generally did not develop biblical and theological arguments regarding unborn children. By the mid-20th century, abortion rarely came up among Southern Baptists, and average church members had only “a general feeling that abortion was wrong.” ... Continue Reading
Outrage Over Joe Rightmyer; And The Ultimate ‘So What?’
Many drew parallels to Machen’s defrocking and explusion from the United Presbyterian Church
“With Rightmyer the PCUSA has defrocked a pastor who actually believes, upholds and advocates the historically recognizable Christian faith and Reformed theology. This is the same denomination that has repeatedly failed to meaningfully censure pastors who openly defied the mutually agreed upon constitutional standards by which they agreed to be governed. Those pastors clearly broke... Continue Reading
One of the Clearest (and Earliest) Summaries of Early Christian Beliefs
Core Christian beliefs were not latecomers that were invented in the fourth century (or later)
Most recently, I came across an amazing paragraph in one of our earliest Christian apologies. Aristides, a converted Athenian philosopher, wrote an apology to emperor Hadrian around 125 A.D. As such, it is one of the earliest patristic writings we possess. It is a lengthy treatise which compares the God of Christianity with the gods... Continue Reading
William Willimon’s “The Culture is Overrated”
The point is not to speak to the culture. The point is to change it. God’s appointed means of producing change is called “church”; and God’s typical way of producing church is called “preaching.”
When we speak of reaching out to our culture through the gospel, we must be reminded that the gospel is also a culture. In the attempt to “translate” the gospel into the language of the culture, something is lost. We are learning that you have not said “salvation” when you say “self-esteem.” “The American Way” is not... Continue Reading
But Contemporary Worship Brings People To Jesus! Right…?
We don’t worship together to attract unbelievers. We worship together because God is worthy.
For one thing, music doesn’t bring people to Jesus. Jesus does that work admirably enough through the Holy Spirit, certainly better than a brush with David Crowder’s beard. But there’s an even deeper flaw in our thinking. Worship is not an evangelistic tool. Missional Meditation Consider this comment I received on the “Modernized Hymns” post.... Continue Reading
A Statement by the SCBC President Regarding ‘Problematic Positions and Statements’ by NewSpring Church Pastor
South Carolina Baptist Convention churches have been disturbed and puzzled by the Christmas Eve sermon by Perry Noble of NewSpring Church
Ezekiel 33 calls us all to be watchmen over souls and lives our Lord and Savior died for on a blood-stained cross one Friday over 2,000 years ago. All church leaders must take seriously their responsibilities to present well-thought and biblically based sermons and teaching that come from God’s infallible, inerrant Word and lead the... Continue Reading
The Most Disturbing Trend Happening in Your Church in 2015
What is this one trend every church is talking about or needs to be aware of?
“Jesus gave the command that ought to characterize everything the church does. This is her mission. Everything the church does is to promote people coming to know Christ and grow in him. As a result, the church must be intentionally involved in evangelism….The church also must be a training church. People need to grow in... Continue Reading
9 Things You Should Really Know About Anglicanism
Global Anglicanism is more African and Asian than it is English and American
“In Anglicanism, Scripture alone is supreme as the saving Word of God. Reason and tradition play an auxiliary role. This was the view of divines like Thomas Cranmer and Richard Hooker. There is a popular myth that Anglicanism views reason, tradition, and Scripture as a three-legged stool of authorities, but it is quite false.” ... Continue Reading