Paul Walker – A Reminder to Those Who Teach in Christian Schools
Walker professed to be a Christian testifying that a major factor in his spiritual life was his education at an evangelical Christian school
For better or worse, many students will pass through the classrooms of Christian schools around the world. I’m so proud of many of the students who have been in one of my classes or schools in the past as they have become leaders of influence as adults. I doubt that many thought Paul Walker would... Continue Reading
An Illustration of Repentance at Work in the Lives of Believers
Illustrating the nature of repentance as a saving grace
We all recognize that that first act of repentance is only the beginning. We recognize that sins must be mortified. We recognize that there is the problem of indwelling sin in the life of the believer. But I suspect that we don’t often attach repentance to these things. In part, this may be because we... Continue Reading
The End of Urban Ministry
Why this pastor is done with urban ministry
Scudder worries here that many churches attempt to help the poor but they operate out a poor theology of poverty and a poor understanding of economics. This type of ignorance can put churches in positions where they are enabling poverty or, even worse, hurting those they intend to help. Scudder also worries that “pastors in... Continue Reading
SBC Entities Defend Ministerial Housing Allowance; Judge’s Ruling Heads to Appeal
Federal Judge Barbara Crabb struck down the ministerial housing allowance provision included in a 1954 federal law
“The clergy housing allowance isn’t a government establishment of religion, but just the reverse,” ERLC President Russell D. Moore said. “The allowance is neutral to all religions. Without it, clergy in small congregations of all sorts would be penalized and harmed. We will continue to fight to protect the housing allowance, because we believe clergy... Continue Reading
In a culture that is constantly looking for the next big thing, who wants what is ordinary?
We do not need more movements, more conferences, and more celebrities. We do not need the next big thing. What we need are more churches committed to the way disciples have been made since the Apostles planted a church in Jerusalem two thousand years ago: the slow-going, unspectacular, ordinary ministry of Word and sacrament, where... Continue Reading
Christian College Considering Allowing Faculty Members to Be in Same-Sex Relationships
Eastern Mennonite University is considering reversing its policy that currently bans tenure-line faculty members from being in same-sex relationships
University President Loren Swartzendruber announced on Nov. 18 that the school would embark on a six-month “listening period” where students, faculty and staff would be asked to share input with the administration on whether the institution should reverse its ban. During the period, “faculty will not be penalized for violating the policy, meaning some professors... Continue Reading
Barna Study Focuses on Faith of Pastor’s Children
Results varied between mainline churches and non-mainline pastors.
When asked to provide reasons for their children’s doubts, lack of church involvement or rejection of the Christian faith, respondents cited unrealistic social expectations (28 percent) and negative experiences in church (18 percent) as the primary reasons. Are pastors’ kids prodigals? A new Barna Group survey uncovered ambiguous results. Senior pastors with children at... Continue Reading
Lessons Learned: When Helping Really Hurts
When the church barges in with just material offerings without relationship it tends to lead the materially poor to feelings of inferiority and shame
In our attempt to help the poor at our church we were communicating that we, the upper-middle class church people, were better. In giving gifts to their children we were reminding their fathers of their lack. After all, whose responsibility was it to buy gifts for those children? Our church members felt “so good” and... Continue Reading
What Are You Seeking to Produce?
What is the goal of pastoral care?
In other words, the biggest concern is character transformation as believers struggle with various sins and sufferings that are common to all. You will never be nor will you ever produce a perfect person. That can’t be your goal. If it is, you will be disappointed. You have the privilege of seeing God change a person... Continue Reading
Sanctification: Overcoming Modern Challenges
Highlights from the recent conference featuring Tim Challies and David Murray
Passive Sanctification (David Murray) – With precision yet politeness, David pointed out a current approach of sanctification being offered by certain teachers that puts an unhealthy overemphasis on justification. The idea promoted by these seemingly well-meaning teachers is that the goal of sanctification consists of simply resting in your justification by faith. Though there is an attractiveness to this teaching... Continue Reading