The Big Tent Has Collapsed
The so-called big tent in the United Methodist Church has collapsed, and it’s only going to get worse.
Bishop Berlin is infamous for his speech on the floor of the 2019 General Conference where he referred to the Traditional Plan (the legislation adopted upholding accountability for a traditionalist understanding of marriage and ordination) as a “virus” that would infect the denomination. The logical extrapolation was that people who supported the traditional plan (i.e.,... Continue Reading
Worship and the Body of Christ: A Response to Christopher A. Hutchinson
A serious view of the PCA Standards and its "Directory of Worship" show that there is a limit as to who may read Scripture in Public Worship.
A higher view of Public Worship will make us far less concerned with who can do what in a worship service. Instead, it will drive our congregation to see that their greatest joy is to join their voices in song, hear God speak through the reading and preaching of the Scriptures, and be in their... Continue Reading
Memorial Church Pastoral Staff Released From Missouri Presbytery At Their Request
The Presbytery voted to release Dr. Greg Johnson, Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor Keith Robinson, and Youth and Family Pastor Sam Dolby from the Presbyterian Church in America.
At a called meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, the PCA Missouri Presbytery voted to release the three ministerial staff members of Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Missouri. The Presbytery voted to release Dr. Greg Johnson, Lead Pastor, Associate Pastor Keith Robinson, and Youth and Family Pastor Sam Dolby from the Presbyterian Church in... Continue Reading
There Go the Churches
The floodgates are opening, and congregations are leaving the United Methodist Church.
By the end of next year (the deadline for exiting with church property) at least 3,000 and possibly 5,000 churches are expected to exit. United Methodism has 30,000 U.S. churches. Denominational agencies are preparing for a 38 percent drop in funding for 2025-2028, which implies an approximate expected membership loss of 2.3 million members from... Continue Reading
25 Tiny Ways to Welcome Kids in Church
Kids in the church flourish when they are known, loved, served, and engaged.
Make Kids Feel Valued. Say “I’m so glad you’re here!” Give kids a high five, fist bump, or handshake (a kid-appropriate “holy kiss,” 2 Cor. 13:12). Take time to stop and listen when kids tell stories about their week. Carry mints or other small treats to give to kids (with parent permission). In these small ways... Continue Reading
How One Christian School Addressed Critical Theory
“The Augustine School Statement on Social Theory” to help us navigate some of the harmful ideologies and social theories of our day.
More than twenty years ago, my wife and I helped found Augustine School, a classical Christian school in Jackson, Tennessee. Every Christian institution, if it is to remain faithful, must understand the times (1 Chron. 12:32) and articulate the gospel as perplexing ethical challenges emerge. The following statement is one model for how a Christian... Continue Reading
A Review and Rebuttal: ‘Heavy Burdens, Seven Ways LGBTQ Christians Experience Harm in the Church’
In the guise of grace, Rivera calls on the church to stop being Christian and to choose interpretations of Holy Scripture which accommodate sexual passions.
As a Side B lesbian, Rivera assists those who choose to become Side A, providing a stream of justifications for doing so. Her teaching is conducive to the LGBTQ way of life, part of the broad way: “… the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction” (Matthew 7:13). The narrow... Continue Reading
SE Alabama Presbytery Holds Second Annual “With Much Advantage” Deacons’ Conference
In exercising his authority deacons, “are stewarding the gifts and administering them in the life of the congregation.”
Deacons are to be affirmed in this life is instructive: “For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus” (I Timothy 3:13). In contrast, the elder’s affirmation comes later: “. . . when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will... Continue Reading
New Book Addresses How to Handle Misconduct Allegations in a Ministry
“Handling Allegations in a Ministry” is a new book providing beneficial and proactive guidelines to churches and ministries.
“Telios Law has broken the mold of scorched-earth institutional defense/plaintiff recovery to develop a restorative method of ministry investigations. The Telios method does not conform to the winner-take-all patterns of American law but strives to transform and renew the parties and the past.” PCA member, attorney, and Telios Law founder, Theresa Sidebotham, has recently... Continue Reading
The End of Accommodation
Schaeffer calls accommodation the grossest form of worldliness.
This is where accommodation leads; start down the path of cultural relevancy and one will soon be entangled by an accommodation to the spirit of the age. In addition, it leads to a most catastrophic move by evangelicals to reimagine Christianity which follow a weakened view of Scripture. In the end, not only is the... Continue Reading