A Distinct Church
The example of the early Church stands as a reminder that radical distinctiveness need not inhibit the spread of Christianity.
Modern Christians find themselves in a similar position to Christians in the ancient world. Both inhabit a society in which Christian views of religion, ethics, and culture stand at odds with the prevailing views and accepted opinions of the day. Both provide a distinctive identity that is often despised and dismissed by the social and... Continue Reading
If God Didn’t Mean What He Said, Then Why Didn’t He Say What He Meant?
Only one solution exists to the present crisis: A return to the sufficiency of Scripture, which means a return to expository preaching.
Sadly, ours is a day of allegorists, many of whom don’t even recognize they hold that infamous title. The same principles Origen used are being repackaged in our day, often by those who in theory reject the allegorical method. Luther was correct: “When this happens Scripture perishes,” and that has disastrous implications: flawed soteriology, flawed... Continue Reading
2 New Mexico Megachurches Fined Over Packed Christmas Eve Services
Two megachurches in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are facing stiff fines and community backlash after health officials alleged the houses of worship violated the Governor’s executive orders.
“We have taken the pandemic seriously from the start and have prudent measures in place. But when governments exceed their constitutional authority and contradict what we are called on by God to do, we answer first to His authority,” Legacy Church officials said in a statement. Two megachurches in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are facing... Continue Reading
10 Reasons Why Singing is Essential to Worship
Heaven will not be filled with people in seats listening to an angelic choir. It will be filled with God’s people corporately giving God praise.
Jesus does not redeem us for our ability to lead a tune. But he does redeem us for the purpose of our glorifying him through song, and demonstrating our unity in Christ by singing the same song. Thus, every Christian should be a singing Christian, and every voice in the congregation matters. You could even say... Continue Reading
Multidirectional, Participatory Worship
Worship is not a spectator sport.
When we come together in worship, we should do so aware of the multi-dimensional aspect of what we are gathering to do. The God who fills the heavens and the earth, directs our attention to everything that He is does outside of us, around us, and inside us. In this way, no event is more... Continue Reading
Two Prominent Pastors Break With Southern Baptist Convention After Critical Race Theory Statement
Charlie Dates and Ralph D. West spoke out in response to a controversial statement on critical race theory released by SBC seminary presidents.
Some worry that a systemic view of racism, where a person is considered privileged or disadvantaged in society because of their race, conflicts with Christian beliefs about forgiveness or people holding equal value before God. As one Conservative Baptist Network member said, they “must constantly repent” but “can never actually be forgiven.” In op-eds... Continue Reading
Twelve Major Trends for Churches in 2021
These twelve trends are potentially powerful movements that will affect congregations, some for better and some for worse.
Overall conversion growth in local churches will improve. This indicator is mostly positive. We define conversion growth as the average worship attendance of the church divided by the number of people who became followers of Christ and active in the church in one year. For example, if a church has 20 conversions and an average worship... Continue Reading
Christian Nationalism vs. Christian Patriotism
We may have confused nationalism with biblical Christianity.
Obviously, traditional Christians ought to limit that kind of nationalistic fervor. As “strangers and exiles on the earth,” our ultimate allegiance is to Christ’s kingdom. Our love for a non-American brother or sister in Christ should exceed our comradeship with unbelieving American patriots, whose numbers are legion. But measured patriotism still seems appropriate, and somewhat unavoidable... Continue Reading
New ’Woke’ Denomination is a Warning Sign to Christians
"We seek correct actions, correct praxis, where God sustains us during the unanswerable questions,"
“The timeline of the Holy Spirit is driving our decision to launch the LMX at this moment, and we are following her call,” explained Spencer-Mill, while using female pronouns to refer to God. A cursory overview of the LMX website reveals that the denomination will resemble nothing like the movement started by John and Charles... Continue Reading
An Open Letter to Afflicted Saints
So for now, I say to you Saint, I am patiently (and imperfectly) waiting with you to be repeatedly comforted by God.
Therefore, what this truth of this Scripture does is center me. Gives me a rock to stand on in the midst of the torrent of emotions that can make me more spiritually and mentally vulnerable than I’d care to admit… I’m praying there will be an eternally stabilizing recognition, that because of Jesus, we have... Continue Reading