Why Two or Three Does Not Constitute a Church

"Christ is in the midst of us when two or three are gathered together."

Evidently these verses have absolutely nothing to do with what constitutes a church. It has nothing to do with the minimum number of people required to be a church and nothing to do with whether you have a church based on the number of people at any given meeting. The context has everything to do... Continue Reading

Antoine Court – Organizer of the Church of the Desert

Antoine began preaching when he was 18 without formal training but he studied incessantly at home.

The Huguenots continued to worship in secret – in private homes, forests, or caves. Trained preachers were a rarity, but there was an abundance of improvised preachers and self-appointed prophets. For some, the substance of the sermons or prophetic messages didn’t matter. They just wanted to hold on to their faith. A few others, especially young... Continue Reading

Top 50 Stories on The Aquila Report for 2018: 21-30

Numbers 21-30 of the top 50 articles for 2018

In keeping with the journalistic tradition of looking back at the recent past, we present the top 50 stories of the year that were read on The Aquila Report site based on the number of hits. We will present the 50 stories in groups of 10 to run on five lists on consecutive days.  Here... Continue Reading

Why Ask Why?

"Why did God let this happen?"

If you catch a counselor in a more candid moment, we will admit that this is the kind of question we dread the most in the wake of a tragedy. It’s not that the question lacks a straightforward Biblical answer (Cf. Rom. 8.28 or Gen. 50.20). Nor is it that we lack the courage to speak hard truths... Continue Reading

A Series of Unfortunate Ideas? The Use and Abuse of Scholastic Theology

There will always be those who believe that “Reformed” and “scholasticism” are like fire and water, the one always threatening either to extinguish or to evaporate the other.

These two words should be more like oil and fire or like storm clouds and rain, scholasticism fueling the fires of a vibrant Reformed theology or filling the clouds with the water of sound doctrine to fall on thirsty souls. Unfortunately, though this sounds good, this is not always what happens. Rather than revealing and clarifying... Continue Reading

Top 50 Stories on The Aquila Report for 2018: 31-40

Numbers 31-40 of the top 50 articles for 2018

In keeping with the journalistic tradition of looking back at the recent past, we present the top 50 stories of the year that were read on The Aquila Report site based on the number of hits. We will present the 50 stories in groups of 10 to run on five lists on consecutive days. Here... Continue Reading

Top 50 Stories on The Aquila Report for 2018: 41-50

Numbers 41-50 of the top 50 articles for 2018

In keeping with the journalistic tradition of looking back at the recent past, we present the top 50 stories of the year that were read on The Aquila Report site based on the number of hits. We will present the 50 stories in groups of 10 to run on five lists on consecutive days. Here... Continue Reading

How Should We Respond to Those Who Reject Jesus Because Some Christians Are Hypocrites?

The Jesus that Christians believe in is good, even when His followers violate His teachings.

Paul and Silas did not say to the jailer:  “Believe in us—since we’re so great—and you will be saved.” No, they said, “Believe in Jesus and you’ll be saved.” The Good News is not about how great you and I are (thank God for that). It’s about how great Jesus is and the wonderful things He’s done for us.   All... Continue Reading

Is a Plurality of Elders Necessary in the Local Church?

God has a purpose in all that he does, and we must honor his plan for church government.

When a church is led by a plurality of elders it not only provides joy for the pastors—but it should provide joy for the church as a whole as they become encouraged by the intentional oversight and care for the body of Christ. In short, true shepherds of God’s flock understand that the church belongs... Continue Reading

Word, Sacrament, and Discipline: Discipline, a Means & Sign of True Body Life

Church discipline can induce spiritual growth.

While I once caught up with another pastor over coffee, he lamented his church’s looming excommunication of an unrepentant member.  His strained face and words expressed great pain.  Yet he also shared how that final step of censure caused a regular attender stalling formal membership to request joining the church, saying, “I need this kind... Continue Reading