Seven Ways Pastoring Has Changed in Thirty Years
Thirty years ago, the church expected the pastor to be a capable preacher and caregiver. Today much more is expected.
Outreach was accomplished by getting people to come to church services thirty years ago. That is not so today. I remember some of the classic outreach ministries I led thirty years ago. They were all designed to get people to visit church services as a first step. Today, many barriers must be addressed in order for... Continue Reading
Christian, Where is your Hope?
I made a list of where my hope isn't to remind myself
Christ is our only sure hope. Our salvation is secure in Him. God has saved us, God is saving us, God will save us. Past, present, and future. All are certain in Him. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy... Continue Reading
Family Worship and Its Benefits
Family worship is not meant to be some kind of guilt inducing torture established by divine decree. Rather, it is a means of grace.
As we think about family worship, we should note up front that there is no verse of the Bible commanding Christian families to gather together each evening to worship. However, there are plenty of commands making it clear that Christian parents are to teach their children the faith, read the Word, and pray. In essence,... Continue Reading
Is a Father a Priest to His Family?
The teaching that a husband/father is priest to his family is unbiblical and promotes abuse
As with most errors, this unbiblical doctrine that the man is the priest of his home consists of truth mixed with error. A father is to train up his children in the instruction of the Lord. A husband is to love his wife and promote her sanctification. He surely must pray for his family. These... Continue Reading
Seven Thoughts on Pastors Writing Books
Writing is a privilege, and that should make us humble
Whether in sermons or in print, it’s not okay for pastors to take credit for something that is not theirs. Granted, the lines can be blurry. But that doesn’t mean the line doesn’t exist. And just because it feels like the sin of sloth more than the sin of theft doesn’t make it less of... Continue Reading
Death Rattle or Life Preserver? An Appeal to the NCFIC Panelists
Christian Hip Hop Artist, God's Servant, offers some thoughts on the Reformed Rap debate
Remember that we are for you. Do you remember John’s Q & A with our Lord in Luke 9:49-50, after the disciples were corrected on their views of “who is the greatest” by Jesus? “John answered, ‘Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does... Continue Reading
Pastors, how do we respond to brothers in error?
What are our motives in the confrontation? Are we just being pugnacious? Or is there a more biblically formed motive for the controversy?
What should our motive be in bringing confrontation? There’s much that could be said here, but I think the scripture tells us that we ought to have in mind the best interests of both the flock and the false teachers. Public confrontation ought to be animated by a desire to protect God’s people from being... Continue Reading
Black Friday, Subjectivism, and Christian Liberty
The pope’s Gaudium Evangelii is an anti-capitalist screed, aiming its papal sights on the evils of the free market
Gaudium Evangelii is a good reminder to Protestants to remember the limits of ecclesiastical authority and competence. The Bishop of Rome obviously isn’t an economist and more importantly he doesn’t have the authority he arrogates to himself to pontificate (pun intended) about economics. Yes, there is a dark side to capitalism but there’s a darker... Continue Reading
How Do We Fix the Problem of Celebrity-ism?
Understanding that no matter what our success is, we are still just people.
How does celebrity-ism start? It always—always—begins when we forget who we are. For pastors, maybe the congregation’s grown to a size when people are starting to take notice. More people show up. Podcasts downloads increase. Someone suggests writing a book. That book sells more than three copies. Monday, after sharing a few thoughts on... Continue Reading
Delayed Adolescence in the Church
Pastors are burping spiritual babies and continuing to feed them blended pears and soft crackers
Why do we do this? So often the answer I have been given and have read from pastors is a pragmatic answer. We hear some combination of the following: Doctrine is difficult for people to understand. Unbelievers don’t have the ability to understand deep theology. And we want to win them to Jesus. I have... Continue Reading