A Romantic View Of Ministry

This is not to exalt one man over against another; it is the office that is exalted

“There is a danger for men who are pursuing ministry to fall into what some have called “a romantic view of ministry.” Recognizing the high call of the pastorate, and knowing that God is doing His greatest work in the world through His ministers in the church (Eph. 3:10), many have come to embrace faulty views of... Continue Reading

Prominent Protestant Pastors Vow To No Longer Perform Government Marriages

Two Protestant pastors, concerned about rapidly-changing government definitions of marriage, have started a movement encouraging priests and ministers to refuse to perform civil marriages

“….My main reason for saying this is simple: Marriage — the lifelong union between a man and woman for the sake of mutual support and, God permitting, the bearing and raising of children — is a universal human estate, bound to God’s creative and redemptive will. Regardless of the civil state’s views on the matter,... Continue Reading

Christian Publisher Splits Conservative, Progressive Imprints

The Crown Publishing Group announced changes to its organizational structure designed to satisfy criticisms it had not remained true to biblical teaching

With Cobb retiring as president in March, Crown announced the appointments of new, separate vice presidents for WaterBrook Multnomah and Convergent. The new vice president of WaterBrook Multnomah, Alexander Field, comes from David C Cook, another Christian publishing company in Colorado Springs, Colo. Convergent will relocate to New York City under the leadership of David... Continue Reading

World Magazine Examines BioLogos Efforts to Win Christians Over to a Darwinist Account of Human Origins

BioLogos offers grants to church, parachurch, and academic leaders and organizations that promote 'evolutionary creation.

As for the religious implications, Meyer told World that BioLogos offers “an unsubstantiated and controversial claim to urge pastors and theologians to jettison a straightforward reading of Genesis about the human race arising from one man and one woman. They think ‘the science’ requires such a reinterpretation, but apart from speculative models that make numerous... Continue Reading

15 Right Responses To Our Christian Celebrities

Ever since Whitefield, the church has wrestled with what to do with her own celebrities

“It doesn’t always work perfectly, but there’s no reason why a Christian celebrity should exist without accountability to a plurality of elders and congregation in a local church. The New Testament pattern for the local church is sufficiently capable of caring for celebrity Christians. The key is commitment and intentionality. “Celebrity preachers and artists would... Continue Reading

9 Things You Should Know About Military Chaplains

As military members, chaplains are uniquely positioned to assist soldiers and their families

“Chaplains have the rank of a military commissioned officer and serve the dual roles of religious leader and staff officer, but do not possess the duties or responsibilities of command. Article 24 of the Geneva Convention identifies chaplains as protected personnel in their function and capacity as ministers of religion.”   Today is Veterans Day,... Continue Reading

Why Churches Don’t Do Care Well

Life in a normal church can feel like an amusement park

The demands of pastoral ministry are precisely what blur the focus of what is most important for pastors and leaders in the church. Church leaders often become managers of the busyness. They turn into a board of directors who set policy and often micro-manage the activity but lose sight of ministry to people.   I remember... Continue Reading

Reflections on The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission 2014

Entitled “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage,” it lit up social media

Southern Baptists, like all believers, weep over the fallenness and destruction of the world. But more than being a people of lament, we are fundamentally a people of hope…This is what the conference has equipped me and thousands of others to speak in my daily life. We believe that no sinner, no matter how far gone,... Continue Reading

The Downfall Of The Muscular Christian Pastor Mark Driscoll

He could be back, as there's always a need for his no-nonsense form of preaching

“Driscoll, age 44, has been a successful pastor and religious celebrity for 18 years, and perhaps he rose too far too fast, without sufficient time to mature into his fame and responsibility. He is a dynamic preacher with an artful stage presence. And his creation of a robustly conservative and once thriving evangelical church network... Continue Reading

Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Ruling That Said Clergy Can’t Have Tax-Free Housing Money

A federal appeals court on Thursday [Nov 13] dismissed a challenge to the law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb’s ruling from last year striking down the law that benefits clergy. The three-judge panel on the appeals court said the co-presidents of the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation did not have standing to challenge the law because they’ve never suffered because of... Continue Reading